Why Hong Kong Residents Are Taking to the Streets September 29, 2014
Hong Kong police on Sunday night fired tear gas into a rowdy but largely peaceful crowd of pro-democracy protesters, which seemingly ballooned and spread across the city only after the moment the tear gas was released from its shell.
Riot police launch tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP Photo)
The crowds – for which there were no official numbers for the crowds, although activist groups were estimating them to be in the tens of thousands – effectively brought parts the international financial hub to virtual standstill for ... Read more
Obama’s UN Resolution on Foreign Fighters Explained September 25, 2014
President Obama presided over a rare and significant session of the U.N. Security Council today as leaders of 15 nations voted to unanimously adopt a resolution aimed at stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across the globe.
It was only the sixth time in the Security Council’s 68-year history that member country heads of state convened for a session, and only the second time a U.S. president held the rotating chairmanship. In 2009, Obama led a meeting on nuclear nonproliferation.
The White House says the resolution is a critical cornerstone of the long-term, global effort to destroy Islamic extremist groups, like ... Read more
American Fighting With Ukraine Rebels Urges Others to Join Him September 23, 2014MOSCOW – With his face covered by a camouflage balaclava and a Midwestern aw-shucks tinge to his voice, Hunter from Illinois called on other Westerners to join him in fighting alongside Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The man who claims to be, and sounds like, an American appeared on a three minute video released on YouTube by a media outlet associated with the Vostok Battalion, one of the main separatist groups fighting against Ukrainian troops.
“I arrived here to help, help New Russia, Novorossiya, become an independent state,” he said in response to a question by someone behind the camera. Novorossiya is ... Read more
How to Help: The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan September 23, 2014
The film “The Good Lie,” which stars Reese Witherspoon, focuses on the so-called Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and how their lives changed once they were resettled in the United States.
The Warner Bros. movie, expected to be released next month, also includes several former Lost Boys.
The producers of the movie launched The Good Lie Fund to help support the humanitarian and educational needs of the Lost Boys and Girls, who have been uprooted and orphaned by the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983.
Click here for more information on the The Good Lie Fund.
The fund’s initial focus will be ... Read more
UK remains united after Scotland referendum September 19, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) – The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.
But No to a break-up doesn’t mean a return to the status quo. The referendum led to promises of further powers for each of the four nations in the United Kingdom – a pledge that will change the country forever.
The vote’s results announced Friday prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for ... Read more
How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program September 12, 2014
A key component of the Obama administration’s strategy to “degrade and defeat” ISIS in Iraq and Syria is the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebel fighters. But the biggest hurdle might be how the United States would vet those fighters to make sure they can become a viable fighting force able to take on ISIS.
The administration has asked Congress to authorize the training program, as well as the $500 million in funding needed to get the program started.
But the proposed program has raised questions about how it can effectively vet rebel fighters. Since the administration’s national security team first ... Read more
John Kerry Says US Will Train Iraqi Military to Fight ISIS September 11, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. will stand by the Iraqis as they deal with the threat of ISIS and said the country needs an inclusive central government that can lead Iraqi national forces against Islamist militants.
He said it was important that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s new government stand up new Iraqi National Guard units that will protect their home regions, because the Iraqis can’t rely on U.S. airstrikes against ISIS alone.
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“It will not just be reserved to bombs or direct military assistance. It will be comprehensive, with Iraqi forces on ... Read more
How You Can Help: Syrian Refugee Children September 3, 2014
According to the International Labour Organization, there are an estimated 180,000 to 300,000 child workers in Lebanon, many of them Syrian refugees.
Child labor is illegal in Lebanon but Syrian refugee children can be found everywhere, from agricultural fields to urban streets, selling everything from chewing gum to flowers and tissues.
These children, some as young as 7, and their families fled the conflict in Syria.
Many of the children are from middle class families and were in school in Syria but now they are the ones supporting their families. They wake up at 6 a.m., board a truck and head to the ... Read more
US Airstrike in Somalia Targeted Al Shabaab’s Top Leader September 3, 2014
A United States military airstrike in Somalia on Monday targeted Ahmed Abdi Godane, the head of the militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon confirmed today.
An assessment to determine if Godane was killed in the airstrike is ongoing. If confirmed Godane’s death would be a significant jolt to the Somali militant group affiliated with al Qaeda that took credit for last year’s deadly attack at a Kenyan mall that killed at least 67 civilians.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that a mix of unmanned and manned aircraft fired Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs at ... Read more
3 Million Refugees Have Fled Syria, UN Agency Says September 1, 2014
More than 3 million people have sought refuge from the fighting in Syria, the United Nations’ refugee agency announced today.
That means the Syrian crisis, which has persisted since a civilian uprising began in 2011, is the biggest refugee operation in the UNHCR’s 64-year history, the agency said.
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Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said the international effort to help Syrian refugees was insufficient to meet their growing needs and number.
“The world is failing to meet the ... Read more