16 dead after militants attack Grand Bassam beach resort

On Sunday, six armed militants killed fourteen civilians and two soldiers in an attack on Grand Bassam, an Ivory Coast beach resort popular among Westerners and located only 25 miles from the capital, Abidjan.   According to a witness, the attackers were “heavily armed and wearing balaclavas” and “fired at guests at L’Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave.”  Photos posted by other witnesses on Twitter showed the assailants toting machine guns and a sign...
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A Deal With One Winner–And It’s Not The Free World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent address to a Joint Session of Congress regarding the Iranian nuclear deal received major attention over the past few weeks. But the more important issue at hand cuts much deeper than Bibi’s speech and cries of Israeli electioneering. We ought, instead, to examine why Netanyahu felt it so important to speak out and why the Obama Administration felt so strongly that he shouldn’t. A closer look reveals a critically flawed deal that undermines Ameri...
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Myanmar on the Mend?

Looking for an exotic travel destination? Myanmar—also known as Burma—is now “open for business”. Myanmar has long been isolated from the rest of the world on account of its former military junta that reigned from 1962-2011. The country—notorious for its human rights abuses—was closed off to international trade and to foreigners. However, ever since its ruthless dictatorship halted in 2011, there has been talk of Myanmar becoming the next “Thailand” of Southeast Asia. Now freed from economic sa...
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