Global Refugee Movement Reaches a High Mark

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The number of refugees fleeing their homes reached an almost 20-year high in 2012, according to a report on global trends issued June 19 by the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR. More than 45.2 million people
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Airlines, U.S. Agencies Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

Under a new partnership with the U.S. government, four American commercial airlines will train their employees to recognize human trafficking indicators, both in flight and on the ground. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan announced the (more...)

You Can’t Have 100% Security And Also Then Have 100% privacy

According to Guardian, "The National Security Agency had been collecting records under a court order from millions of Verizon customers in the U.S. Defenders of the program tried to ease the furor by assuring the public this is "nothing new" -- and in fact has been going (more...)

U.S. Remembers Raoul Wallenberg with Gold Medal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden unveiled the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony held May 9 in the Treasury’s historic Cash Room. The medal was authorized by Congress in recognition of Wallenberg’s achievements and heroic actions (more...)

Advice to Citizen Journalists: Tell the Truth, Be Yourself

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer  Read Social media users, sometimes called citizen journalists, bring fresh new voices to the daily commentary on world events. But a question is circulating in journalistic circles on World Press Freedom Day 2013, May 3: Do citizen journalists report with integrity and standards that (more...)

Planning Terrorist Actions With the Media As a Major Consideration

By Gabriel Weimann Gabriel Weimann, Ph.D., is a professor of communications at Haifa University, Israel, and the School of International Studies at The American University, Washington, D.C. His paper is based on his forthcoming study, The Psychology of Mass-Mediated Terrorism, supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, (more...)

From Profiles to Pathways: The Road to Recruitment

Involvement in terrorism is a complex process of assimilation By John Horgan John Horgan, Ph.D., is senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, and lecturer in international relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. An Irish political psychologist, his Dr. Horgan’s (more...)

President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin President Obama spoke by phone tonight with President Putin of Russia. President Putin expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston. President Obama thanked President Putin for those sentiments, and praised (more...)

Texas: After Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Between 5 to 15 people were killed, more than 160 were injured during the massive blast and chemical explosion at West Fertilizer in downtown West, Texas, according to media. But authorities have since backed away from any total estimate. The explosion could be heard as far away as (more...)

Boston Marathon: Help To Find Terrorists!

New details are emerging in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon: three killed and at least 176 injured. " Eight-year-old, Martin Richard, who was waiting for his father to finish the race is among those dead. The boy's 6-year-old sister lost a leg in the (more...)

State Dept. on Magnitsky List of Human Rights Violators in Russia

STATEMENT BY PATRICK VENTRELL, ACTING DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Release of Magnitsky List Today the State Department, in concert with the Treasury Department, submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, a list of persons who have been determined, based on credible information, to meet (more...)

Obama Seeks $47.8 Billion for Fiscal Year 2014 Foreign Operations

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer President Obama has asked Congress to approve $47.8 billion to fund the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other international programs for the fiscal year starting October 1. The president’s request, submitted April 10, is 6 percent less than the amount requested (more...)

Provide For Holocaust and Genocide Education in Pennsylvania Schools

State Rep. Brendan Boyle, (D-Montgomery/Phila) has re-introduced HB 176, The Holocaust/Genocide Education Mandate, requiring Pennsylvania public and private schools provide age-appropriate instruction for grades 6-12 on the Holocaust and other modern genocides. "Knowing our history is the only way to ensure that the mistakes of our (more...)

Collective Identity: Hatred Bred in the Bone

The social psychology of terrorism By Jerrold Post Jerrold Post, MD, is a professor of psychiatry, political psychology, and international affairs and director of the Political Psychology Program at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. There is a widespread assumption that the ranks of terrorists are filled with (more...)

U.S. Commemorates International Roma Day

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of President Obama, sent best wishes to all Roma on International Roma Day, April 8, and called for an end to the discrimination they continue to suffer. “Roma,” Kerry said, “face wide-ranging discrimination in access to education, employment, housing, (more...)

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