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After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone — including governments — to defend journalists' right to report.... Read more»0

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Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»0

With journalism under attack, protecting press freedom is more urgent

Editors and news executives gathered in Chicago last week to discuss how the industry will face a world that is increasingly dangerous for journalists.... Read more»0

Pope calls Foley family, whose faith breaks through ISIS-inflicted horror

Journalist James Foley's execution stunned the world, but his family continues to find strength in their Roman Catholic devotion.... Read more»1

War reporting in the time of the Islamic State

Correspondent James Foley's execution by the Islamic State forces sober reflection on the perils of front-line coverage.... Read more»0


Why World War I still matters, 100 years after it began

One hundred years ago, on the morning of June 28, 1914, a slight, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist raised a small pistol. He fired at the motorcade of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie, killing them both and triggering a chain reaction as the world’s empires reacted to the murders. Within 37 days, the world was at war.... Read more»0

Parents of detained journalist James Foley mark World Press Freedom Day

John and Diane Foley know ground truth. They know it through the passion of their son, James, a talented journalist who went missing while reporting in Syria on Thanksgiving Day and has not been heard from since.... Read more»1

The Road to Emmaus

How Christian exodus from Middle East undermines Arab Awakening

Why anyone who cares about tolerance and peace in today’s Middle East should care about the diminishing Christian presence in the land where the faith began.... Read more»0

The Road to Emmaus: Dwindling Christian communities in Middle East

On the ancient cobblestones of Jerusalem’s Old City today Christians retraced what tradition holds as the path of Jesus in his final hours of life.... Read more»0

Egypt goes to polls, Muslim Brotherhood triumphant

As final election returns are tallied in Egypt, the people have spoken and the resounding message is clear: “Don’t underestimate the Muslim Brotherhood!”... Read more»0


The lessons of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Staff Sgt Robert Bales’ odyssey began just over 10 years ago when he joined the military in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks... Read more»0


The loss of Anthony Shadid, a profound listener

Anthony Shadid was the living embodiment of the idea of ground truth. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and a legion of other professional awards and was widely regarded by his colleagues. His death in Syria of an apparent asthma attack Thursday at age 43 stunned us all.... Read more»0

Reporters come together to honor those who fell in the line of duty

At a service for Tim Hetherington in Manhattan this week, journalists paid tribute to the bonds formed in the field.... Read more»0


Arab spring could sweep in changes to U.S. policy

The hot winds of change in the Middle East will present a challenge for what is shaping up to be a crucial policy speech by President Obama.... Read more»0


Bin Laden successor may be more ruthless than slain al-Qaeda leader

Arrogant and abrasive, many believe Ayman al Zawahiri may not have what it takes to maintain respect and last as a terrorist leader. ... Read more»0

Osama bin Laden: World's most wanted man no more

The death of al-Qaeda's mastermind will lead to a shifting approach in confronting Islamic militancy around the world. It marks the beginning of the post-9/11 world.... Read more»0

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