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ISIS, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

House Votes to Authorize Aid to Syrian Rebels in ISIS Fight

Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times

An unusual but overwhelming coalition in the House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront the militant Islamic State, backing President Obama after he personally pleaded for support.

Senate Ready to Support Obama On Rebel Aid

David Espo and Donna Cassata | Associated Press

Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama’s request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

Isis video shows UK hostage delivering propaganda message

Ian Cobain and Shiv Malik | The Guardian

A British press photojournalist who has been held prisoner by Islamic State (Isis) militants for almost two years has become the latest hostage to be forced to appear in an online video, this time delivering a propaganda message on behalf of the group in what he admits is a desperate gamble to save his life.

Australian Police: Raids Thwarted Beheading Plot

Kristen Gelineau | Associated Press

Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.



Ukrainian President Poroshenko will visit White House, Congress to seek more aid

Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will arrive in Washington on Thursday with a simple request: more economic and military aid for a nation that is reeling from an insurgency in the east.

Winter is Coming: US and its Allies Must Prepare Strategy to Boost Ukraine’s Energy Security

Andrew Holland | Energy Trends Insider

It appears that the war between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists may now be coming to an end, as a cease fire agreed on September 5 looks (increasingly) durable. However, the end of the war does not mean the end of the struggle. Western policymakers must beware of complacency.


Climate Change and the Environment

California Wildfire Shows Explosive Growth

Associated Press

An out-of-control wildfire that is threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California is showing explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres.

Chevron Meets Shale Drilling Rules

Kevin Begos | Associated Press

Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.


U.S. News

U.S. House Passes Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Extend Export-Import Bank

Reuters | The New York Times

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s ability to operate for another nine months.

Border Patrol To Test Wearing Cameras

Elliot Spagat | Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol will begin wearing cameras this year at its training academy, a test to see if the technology should be used in the field to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force.

White House Indicates Preference In Scottish Independence Vote

Zeke J. Miller | Time

The United States continues to have concerns about the Scottish independence efforts as Thursday’s vote approaches, the White House indicated Monday.


UN News

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

UN News Centre

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced today.

UN’s Flight Marks New Era On Israel-Syria Front

Aron Heller | Associated Press

For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights – providing a symbol of stability as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria. As Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets of al-Qaida-linked rebels, the U.N. observer force has begun to fall apart, leaving its future in doubt.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

New Funding Opportunity for Fusion Experiments

Caroline Julia von Wurden

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced a new funding stream for intermediate density plasma experiments.

Under Secretary Stengel – Public Diplomacy is a Conversation

Matthew Wallin

Giving his first comprehensive presentation on his view of public diplomacy, Under Secretary Richard Stengel spoke to an audience of prominent practitioners and academics at ASP on Tuesday, and addressed a variety of issues the United States faces in 2014 and beyond.

Fallon: Concerns over ISIL in the Homeland

Naman Jain

On September 12, ASP Board Member Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.) was interviewed by Fox Business in regards to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East perpetrated by ISIS.


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