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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

This morning, the New York Times remarks on the many global crises that President Obama is currently facing: “Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once… but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all.” And with that, . . .
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas continues. The Washington Post reports that Hamas has announced that it has captured an Israeli soldier, after a long battle on Sunday in an East Gaza neighborhood. But it is unclear whether or not this claim is true; the Israeli army is still investigating. Meanwhile, the New York . . .
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Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Day 14. Just about every media outlet in the country is reporting that the bloodshed in Gaza hit a horrific high this weekend, with the Associated Press, for example, reporting that at least 508 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have died in the two-week conflict. President Obama has called for an “immediate cease-fire,” writes the Guardian, and Secretary of State John . . .
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Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Yesterday, Cody and I flagged the news that a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, en route to Kuala Lumpur, had crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia. U.S. officials confirmed yesterday that the plane had been shot down  The New York Times reports that the perpetrators allegedly used a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. According to the Associated . . .
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and 15 crew members, crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. Reuters notes that all 295 people aboard died in the crash.  We don’t yet know the cause; a Ukrainian official apparently said the plane had been struck by an anti-aircraft missile. . . .
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Yesterday, after Hamas refused to sign a cease-fire agreement with Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas.” The Wall Street Journal notes the Secretary’s statement that “Israel has right to defend itself.” Indeed, according to the Associated Press, the Israeli Prime Minister vowed to use “great . . .
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Iraqi lawmakers have broken political deadlock and elected Sunni lawmaker Salim al-Jubouria as the new speaker of parliament, the Associated Press reports. The election is a first step to forming a new government, which is widely seen as necessary to confront militants who have seized much of the country. The New York Times quotes Abbas al Bayati, . . .
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Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

According to the Wall Street Journal, the “convergence of security crises” from the Middle East to the South China Sea marks a “breadth of global instability” unseen since the late 1970s. And on that note, we plunge into weekend world developments: The Associated Press reports that thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip . . .
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Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

We begin with Israel. The Associated Press reports that its military has “dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip.” Per Al Jazeera, the death toll now stands at 102. According to Politico, during a call with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama offered “to negotiate a cease-fire.” Meanwhile, Real Clear Defense argues . . .
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues. Members of the U.N. Security Council meet today to discuss the ongoing situation. Reuters has details. Yesterday, Hamas began launching newer, more capable missiles that reached deep into northern Israel. The Washington Post reports that “it was the first time that rockets from the crowded seaside enclave had . . .
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

In the Intercept today, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussein published a long-awaited piece on the surveillance of Muslim Americans by the NSA and FBI. In response, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement, arguing that the U.S. does not monitor its citizens’ activities “solely because they disagree with . . .
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Yesterday, Jane caught us up on the tensions between Israel and Palestine, in the wake of the brutal killing of a Palestinian teenager. Today, the New York Times reports that Israel “began an intensive aerial offensive in Gaza” early this morning. The Israeli defense minister defended the action—codenamed Operation Protective Edge—as necessary to contain Hamas. . . .
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Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Israel arrested six Jewish suspects on Sunday for the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned alive last week.  The horrific attack set off violent protests throughout the Arab sections of the country.  The AP is now reporting that three of the suspects have confessed.  The Post reports that Israeli Prime Minister . . .
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The final round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group began yesterday in Vienna. According to BBC News, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced that though the Islamic Republic was ready to negotiate seriously, it would not “kneel in submission” to other nations. However, Reuters indicates that during the resumed talks, Iran reduced . . .
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Abu Khattala, the man suspected of playing a key role in the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, is scheduled to appear in a Washington, D.C. district court for a detention hearing this morning. The prosecution is fighting for pretrial detention, arguing “[t]here is no condition or combination of conditions that will reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance . . .
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

The Washington Post shares the latest disclosure based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman report that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave the National Security Agency (NSA) authority to conduct surveillance on all but four countries: Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. CBS News highlights a recent . . .
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Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The New York Times reports this morning that weeks before Blackwater guards massacred 17 civilians at Bagdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department abandoned an inquiry into the security contractor’s operations when Blackwater’s top manager threatened to kill the government’s chief investigator and declared “no one could or would do anything about it as we were . . .
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Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Today’s news coverage begins with Syria for a change. The Associated Press reports that President Obama has requested $500 million from Congress to arm and train vetted, pro-Western members of moderate Syrian opposition groups. The Hill notes that the $500 million is part of the $58.6 billion of wartime funding that the Department of Defense . . .
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

We start with the current crisis in Iraq. The New York Times reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has its sights set on the second largest dam in the country, the Haditha Dam. Destruction of the structure, which sits 120 miles northwest of Baghdad on the Euphrates River, would cause crippling floods throughout . . .
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Iraq continues to dominate today’s headlines. Reuters indicates that early this morning, insurgents laid siege to one of Iraq’s largest air bases. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that about half of the 300 American special forces troops that President Obama is sending to Iraq have reached Baghdad and begun operations there. Ken Pollack of the . . .
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