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Memorial Day: A Fading Tradition of Shared National Experience

Amongst the finest and most noble traditions of the American people is the commemoration of Memorial Day. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” the modern Memorial Day holiday originates primarily from the last days of the American Civil War, the bloodiest and most traumatic conflict in American history. Although there is still much dispute over the location of the “very first” Memorial Day tribute, there was undoubtedly an explosion of communities across the country that attempted to pay homage to those whom they had lost in battle.

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CNN: ISIS Massacres Muslim Children

More than 90 people — including at least 11 children — have been executed by ISIS fighters in the central Syrian city of Palmyra in the last seven days, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN on Sunday.

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Report: World Running Out of Oil

After a year in which the oil price plummeted and the industry adjusted to a period of global oversupply, an analyst has claimed that the world is running short of oil.

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Egyptian Court Acquits 17 for Violating Strict Protest Laws

Protesting is a dicey business in Egypt, which has been through three governing regimes in four years. The current regime passed a strict law to control street protests in 2013, but last January it was violated by a demonstration that was eventually dispersed by police, resulting in the death of protester Shaimaa Sabbagh.

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Obama Disgraces the Dead with False Claims of Success

There is no commitment to America’s fighting men and women that President Barack Obama has not broken. When he ran for office in 2008, he promised to leave a residual force in Iraq to secure that country against external meddling and internal collapse. When he took office, President George W. Bush handed over a relatively stable and secure Iraq, thanks to the “surge” Obama opposed, and thanks to the sacrifices made by thousands of Americans, killed and wounded in battle.

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A Forgotten Memorial: A Monument Thanking Americans – In Cuba!

There is a memorial that most Americans are not likely to know of, and one that few Americans have likely visited. This is because this memorial – dedicated to brave American soldiers who gave their lives to liberate the oppressed – is in Cuba. It is a monument to the Americans who fell in the battle of Santiago de Cuba, the decisive event that secured Cuban independence from Spain.

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Obama Thinks Iran Is ‘Rational’

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, President Obama has launched a fresh tirade against Israel, criticising it for comments Prime Minister Netanyahu made during the recent Israeli election, and articulating his personal agenda to “remake the world”. Here

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Report: Defense Department Skeptical of Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy

HUFFPO: ISIS’ recent victory in seizing the key Iraqi city of Ramadi — a defeat that even the State Department called a major setback in the U.S.-led fight against the group — is forcing top Obama administration officials to wrestle with an uncomfortable reality: its main regional ally may not be up for the fight.

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Leftists Push Italy to Follow Ireland on Same-Sex Marriage

Pressure is already mounting on other European states to follow Ireland’s example in embracing same-sex marriage, even if the vote is barely a day old. Once a conservative, Catholic nation, Ireland is being held up as an example of how to overcome one’s hidebound past to emerge into the bright light of modernity.

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