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AFRICOM’s New Math, the U.S. Base Bonanza and ‘Scarier’ Times Ahead in Africa

In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent,” a scramble has come and gone. Look hard enough and you’ll find the results of that effort: a network of bases, compounds and other sites whose sum total exceeds the number of nations on the continent.

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Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

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Trail of Paris Attackers Winds to Terrorism’s Longtime Outpost: Belgium

Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s roots in Belgium throw light on the dark role the country plays in Europe’s terror threat. Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was the target of a police raid Wednesday on an apartment near the French capital.

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How Did Our Presidential Election Process Become a Circus?

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader in the coming years, yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns.

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Terror in Paris and Beirut: An Islamic State Reading Guide

What is Islamic State and how has the militant group grown to wield so much influence? ProPublica has rounded up some of the best reporting on the origins of the group, its role in the Syrian civil war and its ties to terrorist attacks across the world.

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Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

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Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

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Despite Atrocities, U.S. Approves $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

But it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,” says a representative of a Quaker group.

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Top 10 Reasons Governors Are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees

About half of U.S. governors have announced opposition to allowing their states to take in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. It’s a form of political hysteria.

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Whether Dealing With Jewish Refugees in ’30s or Syrians Today, U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

If we’re going to bomb Syria, we need to take care of the displaced.

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