War & Conflict

  • The Why Factor: Patriotism
    A documentary about patriotism from the BBC series "The Why Factor," to mark the centennial of the beginning of World War I. What makes us loyal to a nation? What motivates people to serve their country and make sacrifices for something bigger than ourselves?November 18, 2014
  • Deadline looms as U.S., Iran meet for nuclear talks
    American and Iranian negotiators are gathering in Geneva this week for what's expected to be a final push toward a deal over Iran's nuclear program.November 17, 2014
  • ISIS issues video showing beheading of American aid worker
    The White House has confirmed that a video released by the self-declared Islamic State showing the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was kidnapped in 2013, is authentic.November 16, 2014
  • US strikes Islamic militants in Syria
    U.S. aircraft fired missiles at al-Qaida militants in Syria for a third time as part of the international campaign against Islamic extremists, American officials and a Syrian activist said.November 14, 2014
  • Suspicions, speculation grow as FBI's Minn. terror probe churns
    Concerns about terrorist recruitment within the United States can test a community's values, experts say. That's playing out now in the Twin Cities.November 13, 2014
  • Russia and the West: Close encounters of the cold war kind
    NATO has reported a spike in Russian military activity at sea and in NATO and other Western European countries' airspace, as tensions mounted over Ukraine.November 13, 2014
  • How ISIS wages propaganda war
    Dabiq, the Islamic State's online quarterly in English, French and German, dedicated a section of its latest issue to "The Revival of Slavery."November 12, 2014
  • 'Nice girls don't go in the Army': Vet recalls her service
    Ruth Knox was among the more than 100,000 women who enlisted during World War II. Now 95, the Twin Cities native shares her story for Veterans Day.November 11, 2014
  • Veterans Day special: Voices of 8 Minnesota veterans
    To mark Veterans Day, eight Minnesotans who served their country in the US military from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.MPR News Update, November 11, 2014
  • The Cold War mole who helped East Germans escape
    When the East German government erected the Berlin Wall in 1961, it underestimated just how far some were willing to go to make it out. Perhaps no one went to greater lengths than the Berlin Wall "mole," Hasso Herschel, who is credited with helping more than 1,000 East Germans escape.November 9, 2014
  • Obama: Up to 1,500 more military personnel to Iraq
    The move is the latest U.S. attempt to counteract the extremist group ISIS, which which has recently made gains in Iraq and neighboring Syria.November 7, 2014
  • Michael Hurley on current terrorism threats
    One of the country's leading counter-terrorism experts is Minnesota native Michael Hurley, who gave a talk at the University of St. Thomas School of Law last week outlining the threats we face: the Islamic State, Al Qaida, and cyberterrorism threats to disrupt our critical infrastructure. Michael Hurley is a former CIA officer and co-author of the 9/11 Commission Report. He had a 25 year career with the CIA and spent 7 years on the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Hurley was on the National Security Council staff at the White House, and is now president of the consulting firm Team 3i.In a speech Oct. 28th at the University of St. Thomas, Michael Hurley outlined the biggest terrorism threats we face... and the competing national security and privacy concerns.November 5, 2014
  • Sweden recognizes Palestine, drawing sharp Israeli criticism
    Today's move by Sweden places the Scandinavian nation among more than 100 others that recognize a Palestinian state, though most Western nations still don't recognize Palestine.October 30, 2014
  • Somalia has first postal service in more than two decades
    This news comes after the first ATM was installed in Mogadishu earlier in October.The Daily Circuit, October 30, 2014
  • Reports: Russia suspected in White House network hack
    The Washington Post says that "suspicious activity" was detected on the unclassified Executive Office of the President computer network in recent weeks.October 29, 2014

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