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Given his drifting and buffeted foreign policy, President Barack Obama needed to hit a political home run in his long awaited policy address at the West Point commencement ceremonies. more

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There’s an old Washington adage that, if there’s bad news or no news, announce it late on a Friday afternoon. more

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Syria’s harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces a deepening drought and food crisis in the midst of an expanding conflict. more

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Fifty years ago, the World’s Fair opened in New York. more

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A deteriorating and dangerous diplomatic showdown continues over Ukraine as the United States and European Union rhetorically push back against Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea. more

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Amid the continuing carnage from Syria’s civil war, there are small, if hard won, humanitarian victories which bring a tiny glimmer of hope to the battered and bleeding Middle Eastern nation. Surprisingly, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to a resolution which allows “unhindered humanitarian access” to cities, towns, and neighborhoods under siege by warring factions. more

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“How can we claim we didn’t know,” governments and media may soon be asking themselves as stunning new evidence of suffering and widespread human rights violations become glaringly obvious in communist North Korea? more

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Widening attacks on the press, and arrests and intimidation of journalists are among the barriers to the free flow of information worldwide. But beyond the usual lists of suspects blocking and censoring news and the internet, there’s a definite and deadly spike in violence against reporters, ranging from the Syrian civil war to drug cartel intimidation in Mexico. more

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If it’s Tuesday, this must be Havana. Given U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s peripatetic global travels, the two-day visit to Cuba, especially in the midst of a frigid New York Winter, seemingly made sense. After all, the trip was officially to attend the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Havana. more

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Canada petroleum pipeline—Keystone Cops politics more

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There used to be a 1960s Avis car-rental advertising slogan, “We’re number two, but we try harder.” Perhaps in the spirit of the times we should now revive the phrase and proclaim, “We’re number 12, but it’s somebody else’s fault.” more

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It’s that time to consult the snow globe and try to peer ahead at some of the key stories, crises and opportunities which await the world this new year. Indeed 2013 has been marred by new levels of violence, humanitarian disasters, and a perceptible lack of leadership from the USA on the foreign policy front. So what are we looking at in the year ahead? more

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Faced with the ongoing civil war in Syria, the natural disaster in the Philippines, and a spreading civil conflict in the Central African Republic, the U.N. humanitarian agencies are confronting a near perfect storm of political and natural disasters. more

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Eagle news graphic by J. Kirk Edwards

While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there’s an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably, students in the United States don’t rate terribly well against their global peers, especially those in East Asia. But wait, there’s more to the story. more

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Situated geographically between two blocs, divided culturally and religiously between two civilizations, and now placed in the political conundrum of choosing between East and West, Ukraine is again object the competing interests. And amid the political/gravitational pull of the two sides are the swirling clouds of Ukraine’s tumultuous 20th century history. more

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In a world where politicians and potentates clog the media with pre-packaged sound bites, yammer with a staccato of political chatter, or drone on with endless explanations of subjects even they forgot, it’s heartening to see a former British Prime Minister act the role of statesman and sage. Thus, after the sonorous drone of the recent U.N. General debate, it’s a pleasure hearing Tony Blair address key global issues with passion, verve, and dedication. more

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The super Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippines left a brutal legacy of death, destruction and dislocation in its wake. more

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You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the U.N.’s 47-member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. more

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