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Commentary: James Foley's legacy

Reporting on Syria is nearly impossible at this point

News from inside Syria matters all over the world. The story of the war — now spilling over borders into Iraq, Turkey, and elsewhere — needs to be told, and accurately. The problem is this: It has become nearly impossible to report from inside Syria. It's too dangerous. The Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of more than 80 journalists in the last four years.... Read more»0

World now has more refugees than any other time in the last 50 years

Close to 60 million people have fled their homes because of either conflict or persecution, A report released Thursday by the UN said.... Read more»0


Destruction of Syria’s chem. weapons an impressive act of int'l cooperation

If it were being done entirely in secret, it would be history’s greatest international spy thriller. The world’s biggest global players, not all of them exactly friendly, have to cooperate to pull off the impossible: collect and destroy Syria’s vast stores of chemical weapons. And as fast as possible.... Read more»0

18 reasons this was Obama's worst year yet

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there.... Read more»0

World Press Freedom Day

American journalist likely held by Syrian government

After a five-month investigation inside Syria and the wider Middle East, GlobalPost and the family of missing American journalist James Foley now believe the Syrian government is holding him in a detention center near Damascus.... Read more»0

In Syria, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

In Syria, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to get involved, could influence the outcome of the conflict.... Read more»0

James Foley

U.S. journalist still missing in Syria

More than two months have passed since armed gunmen abducted American journalist James Foley in northern Syria, where he was reporting for GlobalPost and other news organizations. Today, there is still no definitive news about his exact whereabouts or what group is responsible.... Read more»0

James Foley

U.S. journalist missing in Syria since Thanksgiving

Unidentified Syrian gunmen kidnapped a U.S. journalist on Thanksgiving Day. More than a month later, he remains missing. American James Foley, 39, was last seen on Nov. 22 in Idlib Province, the scene of heavy fighting in recent months. Foley was held by Libyan forces for 44 days in 2011.... Read more»0

OWS: One demand to rule them all?

As the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is often criticized for lacking a focused agenda, begins to hone its message, one issue has emerged as a possible catch-all: campaign-finance reform.... Read more»2

Syrian army fires on country's secret police

The incident could reveal a shift in the military's loyalties to President Bashar al-Assad's regime as protests gain momentum across the country.... Read more»0

Indonesia: Forced church closings spike

BEKASI, Indonesia – Packed into the living room of a small house here, several hundred Christians, all dressed in their Sunday best, whispered to each other over the sermon.... Read more»0