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ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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.

Sydney Siege: A Jihad of One

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

While untrained domestic lone wolves have been inspired to undertake violent attacks, unlike their more sophisticated foreign counterparts, they often die or are captured shortly after initiating violent confrontations, with more limited casualties. Still, even untrained loners can kill dozens if a nexus of factors align.

America Held Hostage

John Feffer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little countries: Superpowers can do whatever they wish. But the United States enjoys only the illusion of free rein. In fact, America is held hostage by the very way it conducts its foreign policy.

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Women and Warfare in Human Evolution

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 01.19.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

Forager war narratives document an aspect of human experience that has been overlooked in the study of human evolution: the costs that warfare imposed on women. Many of these problems remain with us to this day. Thus, understanding how these problems shaped our past may help us address them in the present.

REPORT: Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Hostage Policy

The Daily Beast | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is finally looking to fix its disjointed efforts to handle U.S. hostages. But that comes too late for the family of an Americ...

Sophia Jones

Turks Held By The Islamic State: 'It Was A Fine Line Between Life and Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

DALAKCI, Turkey -- They waited inside the consulate for days like sitting ducks until the masked invaders of the Islamic State finally came for them. ...

Ransom for Hostages: Have We Forgotten Ollie, Fawn and Iran Contra?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

Let's see if I can remember this correctly: Ronald Reagan not only agreed to pay ransom for 66 Americans being held hostage in the Mideast (Iran).

Terrorists Scared of School Girls

Mike Smith | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Mike Smith

Boko Haram

Astoria Characters: The Caterer to the Stars

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.13.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Food has always been the bread of Jonathan's life. Growing up in Smithtown, New York, he watched his parents cook and took charge of most of the meals when they split up and his mother got a full-time job.

Worried Grandma Helps Lead Cops To 115 Hostages In Texas Home

Newser | Posted 03.25.2014 | Crime

Houston police last Wednesday uncovered a grim building covered in human waste and packed with 115 people held hostage inside. Court papers filed in t...

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Police Negotiating To Free Hostage In Colorado Home

AP | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Police are negotiating with a person holding a hostage in a home in Arvada, Colo. The suspect took the hostage Monday evening ...

Mojave Desert Shooting Spree Ends With Dead Suspect

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Crime

RIDGECREST, Calif. -- RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A homicide suspect was killed by police on a Mojave Desert highway early Friday after a lengthy purs...

Assassination, Conspiracy And Revenge On 'Hostages'

Anna Taberski | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Anna Taberski

Assassination. Kidnapping. Conspiracy. Revenge. All of these things come together to make one heckuva dramatic thriller.

Repeal Medical Device Tax + End Oil Subsidies = Revenue Neutral

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Repealing the medical device tax would increase the debt by $30B. Ending subsidies for oil companies would pay for it.

41 Citizen Groups Tell Congress: Stop This Job-Killing Crisis

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Forty-one organizations, representing millions of Americans, have signed this letter to Congress, asking them to stand against those who would "hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of the debate."

Meet The Hostages

Anna Taberski | Posted 11.24.2013 | TV
Anna Taberski

Named one of the best dramas of the season while simultaneously chided for its serial storyline, CBS' "Hostages" promises a show packed with suspenseful cliffhangers and a slow unveiling of the facts.

Two Decent Drama Pilots Air Tonight. Yay?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 11.23.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Hostages" unfolds with the crisp efficiency of a humorless event planner checking tasks off a list; the similarly decent "Blacklist" at least features the hambone performance of James Spader.

How Far Would You Go To Protect Your Family?

Posted 09.11.2013 | TV

The premiere of CBS' "Hostages" is just around the corner (Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET), and the network has released a gripping new preview that w...