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Obama, man of peace and not of war, has yet to back up his words with action

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, President Obama might be considering the motto on which Woodrow Wilson ran for president in 1916 as his enduring legacy: “He kept us out of war.” That is, if he can forget that […]

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Turkey as failed state? Army won’t stand by, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing

The aftermath of an explosion near Ankara's main train station on Oct. 10 / Ercin Top / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Special to By Norman Bailey As Turkey degenerates, a military coup is more likely than total failure, and not a bad outcome for Israel. Famed commentator David Goldman, writing under the pseudonym “Spengler” in the “Asia Times”, has published […]

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Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

Merkel on migrants

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The almost Biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and […]

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U.S. launches air strike on Afghan city captured by Taliban


Special to The United States on Sept. 29 launched an air strike on the Afghan city of Kunduz a day after it fell to Taliban forces. The strike was launched “in order to eliminate a threat to the force,” […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

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Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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The grim 14th anniversary of September 11: America awaits a new, informed world view

This photo was taken from Rt. 27 moments after the photographer witnessed the American Airlines 757 jetliner crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. / Steve Riskus

Special to Sol W. Sanders Fourteen years after a massive and highly sophisticated attack on multiple critical targets in the United States from a foreign invader, the outlook is grim: The instantaneous rally of the American people in one […]

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What I saw through my office window on Sept. 11, 2001

This photo was taken from Rt. 27 moments after the photographer witnessed the American Airlines 757 jetliner crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. / Steve Riskus

Special to By James Robbins I was in my Washington office at the National Defense University when one of the secretaries told me that aircraft had hit the World Trade Center. We brought the news up on the projection […]

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Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

The latest estimates suggest at least 3,500 Afghans are fighting in Syria in support of Bashar Assad.

Special to Iran is said to be recruiting refugees from Afghanistan to replenish the heavily-depleted forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Afghans recruited as mercenaries and relatives of some fighters who were killed in Syria say the recruitment effort […]

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Mullah Omar’s family challenges new Taliban leadership

Mullah Mohammad Omar

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The family of the late Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, says it’s not backing his announced successor and that religious scholars and veterans of the movement should choose his replacement. […]

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Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills woman, child

The scene near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 22. / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A suicide bomber and several gunmen staged a brazen attack on the Afghan parliament on June 22, killing two civilians in an assault claimed by the Taliban, while in the north […]

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