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American Volunteer Talks About Fighting ISIS Alongside the Kurds

Kurdish news agency Rudaw published an interview with American volunteer Jordan Matson over the weekend. Matson, a 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran from Wisconsin, said he had no combat or even overseas deployments with the Army, but he decided to travel to Syria and fight alongside the Kurdish YPG militia "because they stood by the United States for 10 years while my country was in Iraq," and he wanted to "repay that debt."
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Fox News Reports on the Tangled Web of Clinton Cash

On Friday night, Fox News aired a one-hour special on 'The Tangled Clinton Web," providing a fine summary of the scandals thus far spinning out of Peter Schweizer's new book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
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Kurds Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and Their Role In It

The hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide caused many world leaders to blink, notably President Barack Obama, who abandoned his old campaign promises--and fiery criticism of the Bush administration--by refusing to acknowledge it. Much of this moral cowardice emanates from Western politicians who wish to curry favor with the Turkish government. The Turks have been trying to erase the genocide from history, shortly after they gave up trying to erase the Armenians from history.
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EU Plans to Return Most Mediterranean Refugees

The European Union's summit to deal with the Mediterranean refugee crisis is underway, and based on leaked documents, it appears a major component of the strategy will involve returning most migrants to their countries of origin.
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Sunni Tribes In Iraq Have Second Thoughts About Supporting ISIS

The sectarian and factional chaos unleashed in Iraq by the ISIS invasion has neighboring tribes literally at each other's throats, according to a report by the Associated Press. Some Sunni tribes initially welcomed the Sunni extremists of ISIS when they rolled across the border, thinking they might help change the balance of power in Shiite-dominated Baghdad. After watching ISIS turn northern Iraq into a torture chamber, some members of the al-Lehib tribe changed their minds, and ended up fighting alongside Iraqi military forces and the Kurds.
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EU Will Meet to Discuss Libyan Refugee Crisis

In the wake of a horrible tragedy in the Mediterranean that appears to have drowned over 800 refugees, the European Union called a summit, scheduled to begin on Thursday, to consider options for dealing with the Libyan crisis. According to a report at the Telegraph & Argus, experts are "warning the death toll could reach the tens of thousands as growing numbers of desperate migrants take to the waters in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats."
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Turkish Mayor Builds Mini-Mecca Theme Park

Hurriyet Daily News has an odd little story from the Uskudar district of Istanbul, where the mayor has constructed a miniature replica of Mecca, Islam's holy city. It is essentially a theme park of Mohammed's life and times, with replicas of "the Kaaba, Prophet Mohammad’s house, the Hira cave, the Sevr cave, the Muallaq Stone, the Zamzam well and an elephant statue."
President Barack Obama walks the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, Fla,, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Obama visited the Everglades on Earth Day to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the "economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry" at risk.

Earth Day and the Sustainable Resource Of Guilt

On Earth Day, it's remarkable how much Green energy (of the political variety) has been pumped into the climate change movement. It gives people an easy way to assume intellectual superiority with virtually zero effort. It's the eternal crusade, the insoluble problem, the hypothesis that can never be falsified, so it provides sustainable fuel for countless rallies and political power grabs.
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Teen Goes on Crossbow Rampage at Barcelona School

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a strange and horrible story from Spain, where "a 13-year-old boy armed with a crossbow and knife killed a teacher and wounded four others at his school in Barcelona on Monday before being subdued." It is the first murder of a teacher at school in Spain in decades.
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Obama Deceived Americans About Iran’s Nuclear Breakout Time

Eli Lake at Bloomberg View reports that President Obama's administration has confirmed that Iran is "two to three months" away from developing a nuclear weapon, contradicting the White House's rebuttal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assertion that Iran is months away from the breakout.

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