Newsweek Dec-19-14

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12
the strong horse

Earlier this fall, a tribal leader from Anbar province in Iraq slipped across the border with Jordan and headed to the capital city of Amman for a series of meetings with regional intelligence and military officials. Ahmed al-Shammari had been part of the Sons of Iraq movement, the so-called Sunni awakening in 2006 that ultimately wrested control of large swaths of western Iraq from Al-Qaeda. He and other tribal leaders throughout the province had worked closely with American troops in those days, convinced they had a long-term commitment: that the U.S. could be counted on, that they were “the strong horse,” as al-Shammari would say later. He was wrong, he now acknowledges, on all counts, and in Amman he would make his displeasure clear at a meeting with a U.S. special…

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murder town usa (aka wilmington, delaware)

The first thing that happens when I arrive at the Wilmington, Delaware, train station is that the newsstand cashier hands me counterfeit money as change when I buy an umbrella. Next, I walk outside and look for Sergeant Andrea Janvier. She’s just over five feet tall, weighs about 100 pounds and has 18 years on the force, including 13 undercover in the drug unit. This fall she became Wilmington’s public information officer, which means it’s now her job to be nice to journalists like me. When I get into her cherry-red police car and tell her the location for an interview I have later that day, she lowers her Ray-Ban aviators, looks me in the eye and says, “I wouldn’t go to that block without a gun.” During my four days…

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who is isis leader abu bakr al-baghdadi?

On the rare occasions when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in public, his entourage is somewhere between that of a president and a mobster. “The minute he entered, the mobile coverage disappeared,” says a 29-year-old resident of Raqqa in Syria—who asked to be identified only as Abu Ali—recalling the flawless security on one occasion when al-Baghdadi entered a mosque. “Armed guards closed the area. The women were sent upstairs to the women’s section to pray. Everyone was warned not to take photos or videos. It was the most nerve-racking atmosphere. “What made it [more nerve-racking] is that when Baghdadi finally showed up, wearing black, head to toe, the guards started shouting, ‘Allah akbar! Allah akbar!’ [God is great.] This made us even more scared,” says Ali. “The guards then…

2
two numbers: kittens vs. ebola

U.S. citizens are known to be among the most generous people in the world. But much of that charity begins and ends at home. The U.S. government budgets just $2 out of every $1,000 of government funds for global humanitarian aid. That includes things like emergency services, clothing, medicine and food to alleviate immediate suffering, rather than projects aiming for long-term change. Since the U.S. is such a wealthy country, that still adds up to almost $5 billion a year. But with more than a billion people worldwide living on less than $1 a day—and with problems like Ebola, typhoons, earthquakes and armed conflicts that have driven millions from their homes— that sum is nowhere near enough to meet needs around the world. Americans make large private donations, but most of that…

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ferguson and garner cases hurt u.s. foreign policy

John F. Kennedy was bored by civil rights. In the depths of the Cold War, his main concern—and passion—was countering the Russians. When, in the summer of 1963, the Freedom Riders were refusing to retreat from savage beatings at the hands of police in Birmingham, Alabama, the young president became annoyed. It was giving Moscow a free propaganda ride. That’s “exactly the kind of thing the Communists use to make the United States look bad around the world,” he complained, according to his biographer Richard Reeves. The movement “was embarrassing him” on the eve of his Vienna showdown with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, making it appear that he couldn’t control events in his own country. The president turned to his civil rights adviser, Harris Wofford, and complained about the Freedom Riders.…

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libyan winter

Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, finds himself in the middle of a diplomatic pickle, and not for the first time. Dabbashi won a degree of fame in early 2011 when, as deputy ambassador, he publicly turned against Muammar el-Qaddafi and urged world leaders to intervene in his country. With tacit support from Western countries, which were inspired by a popular Libyan uprising, Dabbashi convened a U.N. Security Council session in which he passionately decried the situation on the ground; said that Qaddafi, Libya’s long-ruling tyrant, must stand trial; and called for military action to force him from power. Dabbashi’s initiative pushed the big powers to action, paving the way for a military intervention by NATO, which led to the ouster of Qaddafi —a feat almost unimaginable just a few…