Second beheaded American was grandson of Holocaust survivors

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American journalist Steven Sotloff (center in black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels  west of Misrata in 2011. jihadist video in which fellow US journalist James Foley was executed.   In the video the militant form the Islamic State (IS) threatens to kill Sotloff next if the US continues its aerial campaign against the insurgency.  (Photo by Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

American journalist Steven Sotloff (center in black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels west of Misrata in 2011. Photo by Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

How much suffering does one family have to endure?

Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who wrote for Time and Foreign Policy, didn’t “cower from danger, he flew right into it, intent on telling the stories he believed would shape history,” Danielle Berrin, a childhood friend, notes in her Hollywood Jew blog. Continue reading

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4-year-old found wandering desert alone

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unhcr-syrian-boy-via-twitterA photo of a little boy who became separated from his family while fleeing Syria is going viral.

Members of the U.N. Refugee Agency found Marwan wandering alone in a barren landscape, Andrew Harper, the UNHRC representative to Jordan, tweeted on Sunday. The 4-year-old was toting a plastic bag, containing his possessions, that was nearly as big as he is.

The U.N. helped Marwan cross into Jordan and he was safely reunited with his mother minutes later, Harper tweeted two hours ago.

Harper tells the BBC that Marwan’s plight is not uncommon in the “chaos and confusion” of the Syria crisis.

In Jordan, there are about 600,000 Syrian refugees, a fraction of the 2.4 million displaced by the civil war.

 

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Saudi king treasures gift from Nazi Germany

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Saudi Arabia is reportedly rethinking its U.S.-centric foreign policy because it’s not keen on President Obama talking to Iran and not prodding Israel to hold talks with the Palestinians nor doing enough to get rid of the Syrian regime (the Saudis back the rebels).
But this is hardly the first crisis in the U.S.-Saudi alliance, Simon Henderson writes in Foreign PolicyContinue reading
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Updated: Add Obama to 79% who want Congress to OK Syria action

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Maybe President Obama saw this poll. AP just posted a story saying that the president “abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.”

Original post: This is something voters from both parties can agree on.

A whopping 79% of Americans say President Obama should get congressional approval before striking Syria, an NBC News poll shows. Continue reading

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