A video has surfaced showing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Rafid Jaboori literally singing the praises of Saddam Hussein more than ten years ago, leading to Jaboori's resignation from his position.
Twelve years on, former Iraqi prisoner-of-war Jessica Lynch is working as an inspirational speaker and an actress in Christian-themed films, including a new release called "One Church." She was interviewed on WABC Radio's The Rita Cosby Show over the weekend, where she expressed concerns about terrorism, the rise of ISIS in Iraq, and the persecution of Christians.
The European Union has been involved in what seems like a permanent investigation of Google for abusing its search-engine dominance. There is a certain through-the-looking-glass quality to Reuters' report on the latest developments, as Google is punished with anti-competitive regulations for allegedly engaging in anti-competitive practices.
Al-Shabaab, the Somali terror gang currently aligned with al-Qaeda but increasingly believed to be tied to the Islamic State, attacked a minivan full of United Nations staff with a bomb this weekend. According to the UK Guardian, there were nine fatalities, including four representatives from UNICEF, the fabled United Nation's children's fund.
In a recent press conference reported by Politico, Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh described the goal of next-generation military electronic operations as cyber weapons that could inflict "blunt force trauma" on the enemy.
The "Escape From Yemen" story has become a tense subgenre of international journalism, as Americans left to fend for themselves by the Obama Administration seek flights to safety on foreign ships and planes. The spectacle of desperate Americans frantically looking for berths on Indian and Russian ships, while Team Obama spreads its hands and looks helpless, will not soon be forgotten.
It is amazing that a former Secretary of State is running for President, with the world in flames due to the blunders of the Administration she used to be part of, at a moment when American voters have elevated foreign policy to one of their top concerns... and yet she has scarcely a word to say on the subject, and the media seems disinclined to ask her about it.
According to a report by al-Jazeera, several American generals are skeptical that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen will succeed.
Temel Kotil, the CEO of Turkish Airlines, made headlines this week by recommending marriage as the best way to avoid future murder-suicide plane crashes, like the one co-pilot Andreas Lubitz carried out aboard a Germanwings airliner.
It apparently took the Chinese Communist government a while to decide how to handle Gao Yu, a 71-year-old journalist prosecuted on what her supporters describe as trumped-up charges for "leaking state secrets." After five months of deliberation, a court sentenced her to seven years in prison on Friday.
Lebanon's Hizbullah terror gang is normally one of the most active and belligerent terrorist organizations in the world. It is therefore significant that Hizbullah's Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, told a Syrian News TV interviewer that his organization is not capable of carrying out a war against Israel on its own.
The New York Times writes that Syria's civil war is "creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades," and since the nations adjacent to Syria are already struggling to deal with some four million refugees, the United Nations wants the United States and other Western nations to take in 130,000 Syrians over the next two years.
A new survey from the Republican polling firm OnMessage finds national security has surpassed the economy as the top issue for voters. "Fiscal responsibility" slightly edged out the economy as well.
Americans are routinely told not to worry about how much of our titanic national debt is held by foreigners, but those who do keep track of such things may be relieved to know that our current number-one creditor, our totalitarian geopolitical adversary China, has been surpassed by our considerably less hostile ally Japan. Each of those nations holds a little over 10 percent of America's debt.
The Armenian genocide is a very sensitive subject with Turkey, as it prefers to think of that horrendous century-old bloodbath as a military clash with the Ottoman Empire, which the Armenians lost very badly--badly enough to kill about 1.5 million of the 2 million Christian Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire at the time, to be specific.
The Italian police have arrested 15 Muslim refugees from war-torn Libya, on charges they murdered Christian passengers on their escape boat by throwing them overboard.
They don't have to see Hillary as a fantastic candidate in order to abandon their duty of opposing her, the way they're supposed to oppose everyone who tries for high office, and America is supposed to be better-governed for it. They're on autopilot, running tired ideological programs written decades ago.
The witch-hunting obsessions of the climate cult took them into the realm of total absurdity with March’s “Open Letter to Museums From Members of the Scientific Community,” which called upon museum administrators to begin refusing donations from the evil fossil-fuel industry.
Every recent news story about the battle against ISIS in Iraq has taken pains to quote the administration's assessment that about 25 percent of the Islamic State's territory has been recaptured. Pushing them out of Tikrit was a significant milestone, although it took considerably longer than planned.
The Korea Times reports on a controversy involving South Korea's ambassador to Libya, a story which highlights the danger of operating in that war-torn country.
Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews refused to speak the name of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a TV interview this week. Australia is sending another 330 troops to assist Iraqi forces against the Islamic State. Interviewer Leigh Sales notes that the United States put great effort into taking down Osama bin Laden after 9/11, and wonders if similar emphasis could be put on capturing the leader of ISIS.
Like all efforts to measure true popularity and influence using Internet hits, it's interesting and relevant, because we live in the social media era, but such popularity is also fickle and easily faked. It seems like most politicians have tumbled to the idea of building up "Astroturf" political support, so they can brag about impressive numbers of Twitter followers and Facebook friends.
One of the most amazing videos to emerge from the Kurds' battle against ISIS is this footage, uploaded to Liveleak by a Kurdish activist, depicts an ISIS suicide car bomber getting blown sky-high by what appears to be the premature detonation of his explosive payload.
If we're going to disband Congress and abandon the separation of powers in favor of imperial rule with term limits for the despot, then let's do it, formally and with our eyes open, following a frank debate about the pros and cons.
Here's the thing, reporters: it's your job to remind Americans that Hillary's under a thick cloud of scandal, and may end up under indictment, for running the off-the-books email server she was plugged into with that BlackBerry. It's your job to remind American voters, over and over again, that Clinton jeopardized national security and deliberately violated transparency laws by doing this.