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France to Carry out Airstrikes in Iraq

PARIS (AP) — France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. 18 Sep 2014

Syrian Refugees Increasingly Starting New Lives in Latin America

It may at first appear an unorthodox choice, but for many of the estimated three million refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War, Latin American countries are becoming increasingly popular resettlement destinations. While the new language and culture prove a challenge, lax immigration laws and aid programs are attracting a greater number of Syrians every day. 18 Sep 2014

Report: Islamic State Secretly Operating Near Israel, Establishing Sleeper Cells

The Islamic State (ISIS) is inching its way towards Israel and operating sleeper cells within southern Syria near its border with Israel; they are seeking to recruit members of the desperate, impoverished population with offers of food and financial assistance in exchange for loyalty to the ISIS cause at a later date, according to a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army. 18 Sep 2014

Poroshenko Tells Congress: 'Just Like Israel, Ukraine Has the Right to Defend Her Territory'

Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko gave a stirring address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress Thursday, pleading for "military equipment--both non-lethal and lethal" in his country's ongoing struggle to resist Russian invasion. He received a warm welcome from both houses and both parties--though his presence was surely a rebuke to the White House, which stood by as Russia annexed the Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine. 18 Sep 2014

Part One: As US Talks About Developing an Int'l Coalition; ISIS Deploys One To Battlefield

Even before Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that limited use of US ground forces could prove necessary in the US lead fight against ISIS terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria, some of President Obama’s senior military commanders were wondering whether his ambiguous war plans risked being defeated in Washington before ever reaching the battlefield. 18 Sep 2014

Mother Demands Liberian Beauty Queen's Body Back After Ebola Mix-Up Prevents Burial

Twenty-seven-year-old Shurina Rose Wiah, Miss Liberia 2009-2010, died this week after not eating for a week as she suffered from a year of malnutrition and depression following the death of her sister. Despite allegedly not exhibiting any Ebola symptoms, her body is being kept from her mother, Rev. Mother Rosie Dillon-Wiah, as authorities desperately try to contain the spread of Ebola in Monrovia. 18 Sep 2014

ISIS Jihadi 'Vampire': 'We Love Drinking Infidel Blood'

Rabie Shehada, an Islamic State jihadist known as “the Palestinian slayer,” has released a bizarre video in which he declares that jihadists in the Islamic State "love drinking blood," along with the usual threats of "slaughter" to those who do not submit to the will of the terrorist group. 18 Sep 2014

French Government Rejects 'ISIS,' Will Use 'Daesh' Instead

The Islamic State, IS, ISIS, and ISIL: it is hard for governments, journalists, and average citizens to keep track of the name of the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. Adding to the confusion, the French government has come out against all of these names, opting instead for the acronym "Daesh." 18 Sep 2014

Possible Tainted Vaccinations Kill Over 36 Children

Doctors in the rebel held north of Syria fear tainted measles vaccinations killed 36 children. The United Nations provided the shots in the rebel-held north. The children in Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman showed symptoms only an hour after they received the shot. 18 Sep 2014

World View: Will Ebola Become a Worldwide Pandemic?

Here's a question I received from a web site reader, commenting on yesterday's World View article, in which I concluded on the subject of Ebola with, "It seems likely that the pandemic will have to run its course, meaning that almost all people in Liberia will sooner or later become sick with the disease, and either survive or not". 18 Sep 2014

Thai Military Ruler Apologizes for Bikini Comment

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized Thursday for suggesting that foreigners visiting the country's world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis in the wake of the killing of two British tourists this week. 18 Sep 2014

Ukraine Leader Visits Obama Seeking US Security Pledge

(AFP) Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace Thursday when he meets US President Barack Obama in the hope of winning a "special status" guaranteeing his troubled nation's security. 18 Sep 2014

Russia Makes a Move for the Oil Rich Arctic While Barack Obama Hesitates

What was once a battle for the moon has now become a race to the Arctic between the West and Russia. On September 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia’s military presence in the Arctic is one of nation’s top priorities, arguing that it will protect shipping routes between Europe and the Pacific. But a few Western countries are wary about Russian military in the Arctic. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said America would increase a presence in the Arctic while Canada expressed deep concerns. But a strong Russian existence puts Alaska and America’s access to natural resources at risk. 18 Sep 2014

Indian PM Hosts Chinese President--Creating A New Global Alliance?

The leaders of the world’s two most populous countries joined forces today for the first of a three day summit designed to improve their troubled, but hugely important relationship. India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is playing host to Chinese President Xi Xinping in Modi’s Indian home state of Gujarat that will last through Friday. 17 Sep 2014

Rape as a Weapon of Jihad

The jihadist terror group the Islamic State has adopted a wide variety of violent tactics to subdue and ultimately destroy minority populations in Syria and Iraq-- from crucifixions to beheadings to the mass burning of symbols of Western "decadence." But it is the group's campaign of sexual violence against minority women that Foreign Policy magazine notes could be the most devastating to those affected. 17 Sep 2014

Klinghoffer: The Beatification of Terrorism

New York Jewish and anti-Jihadi activists are planning what they hope will be a massive demonstration outside of the Metropolitan Opera on September 22, 2014, at 4:30pm, when “The Death of Klinghoffer,” composed by John Adams with a libretto by Alice Goodman, has its first performance. Although I am a serious opera fan and a strong believer in the First Amendment, I will be among them. 17 Sep 2014

Saudi Woman Fined for Driving Herself to Emergency Room

Under the unofficial rules governing Saudi Arabia’s strict fundamentalist society, women are forbidden from driving automobiles. Although the Quran, which is the basis for Saudi laws, could not possibly address such a subject, as it was written well over one thousand years ago, most Saudi clerics have determined that women driving automobiles is haram (forbidden). Saudi Arabia’s unofficial religious policemen (Haia) have taken it upon themselves to enforce this primitive custom. 17 Sep 2014

Scotland's Independence Vote: What the United States Has at Stake

On Thursday, Scotland will vote in an independence referendum. Polls suggest the vote could go either way. At risk is the continued existence of Great Britain, America’s closest friend and ally. It is for the Scottish people, and the United Kingdom, to decide the fate of the Anglo-Scottish union, but the United States has a profound concern -- and important interests at stake -- in the outcome. 17 Sep 2014

Syrian al-Qaeda Rebels Seize UN Weapons in the Golan

The al-Nusra Front, the Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaeda, has seized UN weapons, uniforms, and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a zone from which to wage attacks, according to the Syrian United Nations ambassador. 17 Sep 2014

Ebola Survivor: No Time to Waste as Obama Ups Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. 17 Sep 2014

Trade, Investment Hopes as China's Xi Visits India

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit. 17 Sep 2014

As Scots Mull Independence, Spain's Catalonia Emboldened

BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. 17 Sep 2014

The Enemy of Our Enemy: Iran and ISIS on a Collision Course

President Obama’s pledge to dismantle ISIS, drive it from Iraq, and to strike at its bases in Syria has Secretary of State John Kerry embarking on a coalition-building tour of Gulf and Arab capitals.  Kerry’s task is complicated not only by a fast moving military situation, but by an intricate milieu of sectarian hatred, ambiguous allies and conflicting national interests.    17 Sep 2014

Obama's Kipling-esque Mission in Liberia

Nothing better encapsulates President Barack Obama’s foreign policy than the glaring contrast Tuesday between his adamant refusal to send ground troops to confront the threat of the Islamic State terror group, on the one hand, and his sudden announcement that he would be sending 3,000 troops to Liberia to help that country contain its deadly Ebola outbreak, on the other. 17 Sep 2014

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