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American And Australian Hostages Shown In New Video Released By Taliban

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.11.2017 | World

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to ...

Suspect In Custody After Robbery Turns To Hostage Situation At Florida Bank

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.01.2016 | Crime

A suspect is in custody after holding several people hostage in a bank in Jacksonville, Florida, police said Thursday morning. Jacksonville authoritie...

Captive Mitt Romney Held Hostage at "Show" Dinner

Marty Rudoy | Posted 12.01.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

Washington DC: Goodyear Satire Co.-- Tuesday night's dinner between President-Elect Donald Trump and Governor Mitt Romney was anything but normal, ac...

Why Anti-Corruption Protests Are Rising In Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

While corruption has been a defining characteristic of Armenian politics for decades, the summer 2015 Electric Yerevan protests revealed that Armenians are increasingly willing to participate in anti-corruption demonstrations.

The Hostage's Daughter To Be Published This Fall

Sulome Anderson | Posted 08.06.2016 | Books
Sulome Anderson

Almost three years ago, I started writing a book. It's a memoir and investigation of my father Terry Anderson's kidnapping and seven-year captivity by...

Elderly Priest Killed In French Church Attack Claimed By ISIS

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.26.2016 | World

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France, July 26 (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service in France, forced the priest to his knees ...

Walmart Hostage Taker Shot Dead By Police

Reuters | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Crime

AUSTIN, Texas -- An armed man was fatally shot by police after holding two people hostage in an Amarillo, Texas, Walmart store on Tuesday in an incide...

Two French Police Officers Killed In Attack Claimed By ISIS

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.14.2016 | World

PARIS/LES MUREAUX (Reuters) - A suspected Islamist attacker stabbed a French police commander to death outside his home and later killed his companion...

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

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

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 12.31.2016 | 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 Burk...

American In Paris: A Horror Story

Kiki Von Glinow | Posted 11.19.2016 | 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 01.03.2017 | Crime

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

Meandering Through History, "Off the Radar"

Maryam Zar | Posted 11.04.2016 | 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.

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

ADST | Posted 10.16.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 08.02.2016 | 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 07.19.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 ...

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...