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At Least 20 Dead After Al Qaeda Affiliate Attacks Hotel In Burkina Faso

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.16.2016 | World

OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 16 (Reuters) - At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital city of Bur...

American In Paris: A Horror Story

Kiki Von Glinow | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Kiki Von Glinow

It's well past 2 a.m. now and our eyes are glued to the news. We've closed the curtains and I shake every time we hear a car go by, thinking about the Mumbai hotel attacks in 2008 that killed more than 160 and wounded hundreds.

Woman Who Kept Captives In 'Basement Of Horrors' Gets Life Sentence

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Crime

A Pennsylvania woman who held multiple people, some with mental disabilities, captive in "subhuman" conditions for a decade was sentenced t...

Meandering Through History, "Off the Radar"

Maryam Zar | Posted 11.07.2015 | Books
Maryam Zar

Today is the 36th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover by Iranian revolutionaries. That fateful day gave rise to the ensuing "Hostage Crisis", which lasted 444 days.

U.S. Serviceman Killed In Hostage Rescue Mission In Iraq

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Believing that Islamic State captives held on a compound in northern Iraq faced "imminent mass execution," dozens of U.S. spe...

A Tale of Two Countries -- and One Bizarre Hostage Situation

ADST | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

If you think your relationships are complex, consider the convoluted ties among Ghana, Guinea, and the United States in the mid-1960s. The friendship ...

Quebec's Separatist Movement Turns Violent

ADST | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

For Quebec, the month of October 1970 was its darkest hour, as the Front de Liberation du Québec (FLQ), a separatist paramilitary group formed in 1963 advocating the creation of an independent Marxist state of Quebec, targeted the government, English speakers and business, and the Catholic Church, which were viewed to be suppressing French-Canadian interests.

The 1975 AIA Building Hostage Crisis in Kuala Lumpur

ADST | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

A Failed Coup in Trinidad and Tobago

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

On July 27, 1990, a Muslim organization called Jamaat al Muslimeen instigated a coup against the government of Trinidad & Tobago. Forty-two insurgents...

I Know Iran Will Find My Father

Sarah Moriarty | Posted 07.19.2015 | Politics
Sarah Moriarty

To know Bob Levinson is to know his strength, his determination and his drive -- to know his deep, unwavering love for my mother and for all my family. He will not go silently into the night. My father is as determined to get home as we are to get him home. But we need Iran's help.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

As Obama Shifts Hostage Policy, the Foleys Remain Voices of Reason

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.25.2015 | Media
The GroundTruth Project

The Foleys and the other families have every right to be skeptical that these changes to government policy announced by the White House will actually happen and every right to question whether news organizations will live up to the new culture of safety that we are trying to establish. As always, we need to live up to the promises.

U.S. Will No Longer Punish Families Of Hostages For Paying Ransom

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to pay ransom to win the release of American...

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Release U.S. Prisoner

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

Shiite Houthi rebels released an American citizen being held in Yemen on Monday, an unnamed U.S. official told The Associated Press. State Department ...

Video Released Showing Frenchwoman Held Hostage In Yemen

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A freelance journalist who was among several Americans held by Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen was set free Monday as a Fr...

Can Jungian Therapy Solve Our Problems with Iran?

Cyrus M. Copeland | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Cyrus M. Copeland

If we all have a shadow, Iran is America's. It represents everything we fear and have not yet reconciled within our own country.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the White House revealed it really does care about civilians being killed by drones -- at least when they're Americans or Westerners. On Thursday, President Obama expressed "profound regrets," and described as "uniquely tragic," a January drone strike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda-held hostages -- one American, one Italian. But while certainly tragic, it's far from unique. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that, under Obama, drones in Pakistan alone have killed between 256 and 630 civilians, with at least 66 of them children. In fact, the first drone strike of his presidency reportedly killed at least nine civilians. In the wake of this week's announcement, the president ordered a review of what lessons can be learned from these latest deaths. One we already know: Some innocent lives are apparently more valuable than others.

White House Considering Cross-Agency Team To Handle Hostage Situations

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - The White House is considering assembling a cross-agency team to handle situations involving American hostages bein...

Machete-Wielding Man Allegedly Holds Mom Hostage Over eBay Purchase

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.04.2015 | Crime

A man held his mother hostage and threatened her with a machete because she wouldn't buy him a $4,000 costume mask and basketball cards on eBay, polic...

ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 04.13.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?

The U.S. Is Being Hypocritical on Hostage Exchanges

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Didn't the White House negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to gain the release of Bowe Bergdahl -- an American soldier who was held by the Haqqani Network for close to five years?

Hostage Taker Turns Himself In

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

PARIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) - An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris on Friday has surrendered with no one hur...

The Captive: A Measure of Our Humanity

Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

What is it like to live in captivity? How does one survive, physically and psychologically, the experience of the deprivation of freedom? Which captives are remembered, and which forgotten?

Gunman In Sydney Siege Had Troubled Past But Wasn't On Terror Watch List

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 02.14.2015 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off...

I'll Ride With You

Aimee Chan | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Aimee Chan

Today, more than ever, I am extremely proud to be Australian. At a time of deep crisis, the people of Sydney have shown me that equality, tolerance and non-violence are not just hipster rhetoric. We stand together as people supporting other people in the most human of ways, and we say #IllRideWithYou.