Alex Ellefson

Is This the End of the U.S. Military’s Love Affair with the Kurds?

It’s no wonder anti-American sentiment is so pervasive in the Middle East. The United States has demonstrated a well-documented willingness to throw its Middle East allies under the bus when they’re no longer strategically valuable.

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Why Don't We Care that South Korea is Hacking the United States?

While North Korea’s alleged Sony hack may have drawn a swift and aggressive response from the United States, it further underscores the irony of revelations that one of the United States key allies, South Korea, has been cyberspying on America for years while US officials looked the other way.

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Solar-Powered Sermon Kindles from US Evangelical Church Found on Captured Ukrainian Soldiers

While clearing out the rubble of the recently captured Donetsk airport in Eastern Ukraine, separatist militia members discovered solar-powered Christian sermon players, reportedly from an Atlanta-based Baptist church, in the pockets of some of the dead and captured Ukrainian soldiers.

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Why Is Russia Trading Fighter Jets for Argentine Beef and Wheat?

A deal closed by Russia last month to trade a dozen supersonic, all-weather attack planes in exchange for Argentinian beef and wheat might not seem to have caused a big disturbance in the global equilibrium. But it demonstrates Russian President Vladimir Putin’s skill in exploiting diplomatic confrontations and advancing Moscow’s interests.

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The Republican Abortion Bill So Extreme Even GOP Congresswomen Balk

The new GOP-controlled Congress is trying to pass a national abortion bill so extreme that even some Republican congresswomen oppose it, out of concern tht it will alienate young voters and women.

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Bill Maher: "F*ck the Pope" for His Reaction to Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Real Time host Bill Maher blasted Pope Francis on Friday for discouraging ridicule of religion following the attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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How Netanyahu Sleazed His Way into Getting Pity Points for Israel After the Hebdo Attacks

In the midst of an election that may turn out to be a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to pass legislation defining Israel as a “Jewish State,” Netanyahu urged France’s Jewish citizens to immigrate to Israel and “return to their historic homeland.”

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Europe's Fascist Far-Right Wants to Exploit the Charlie Hebdo Attack - and Putin Will Benefit

France’s far-right National Front party seems determined to capitalize on Wednesday’s bloody attack at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo, where Islamic militants killed 12 people by storming into the offices and opening fire with automatic weapons.

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No Criminal Charges for Police Chief Who Asked Teenage Girl to Pose for Nude Photos

New Hampshire state prosecutors will not file criminal charges against a local police chief who asked a college student to pose for nude photos in exchange for dropping charges against her for underage drinking.

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$14 Million an Hour for 13 Years: War on Terror's Astounding Cost

In the 13 years since 9/11, the United States’ “war on terror” could be considered a failure. ISIS swept aside the US-backed Iraqi army earlier this year, the Taliban still launches deadly attacks, including an assault on a school last month that killed 145 people, and American interventions only seem to worsen sectarian bloodshed in the region.

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