9 August 2014   Leave a comment

The Institute for the Study of War has published a fascinating graphic on the situation in Iraq as of 8 August.  As one can see, the situation is far more complicated that the media is communicating.  As we think about the consequences of American intervention in the war, it is useful to keep this complexity in mind.

Vice News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks with the Islamic State and has published two videos on his experience.

Guinea has closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in an effort to somewhat contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.  The total number of Ebola cases currently stand at 1, 779, and there does not seem to be any progress in stemming the spread of the disease.  New cases have been reported in Nigeria, but since the incubation period can be up to 21 days, there is really no way to know whether it is being spread widely.  The Whorld Health Organization has declared an international health emergency, for only the third time in WHO history.

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Posted August 10, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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