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Power and purpose

Voices | What is America’s calling in the world?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/19/17, 05:23 pm

In early April, American expatriate Claire Berlinski stood in line at the Bureau Des Étrangers in Paris with other expats and immigrants hoping to renew their visas. All were staring at their cell phones, at breaking news of a U.S. missile launch against the Syrian airfield that had served as a base for the latest gas attack by Bashar al-Assad. Quietly, the émigrés of various backgrounds began to ask each other, Qu’en pensez-vous? “What do you think?” Berlinski had to confess she didn’t know what to think: Such moral clarity was the last thing she expected from President Trump.

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Something out of numbing

Voices | We’ve grown used to feeling helpless
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/12/17, 11:30 pm

I’m with Charles Krauthammer on this one: “The world is on fire and we’re chasing rabbit holes,” he declared April 4, the same day of a(nother) major chemical weapons attack in Syria and days ahead of a(nother) set of deadly attacks by ISIS on unprotected Christians.

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South Sudanese troops target civilians in latest ethnic violence

Africa | At least 16 people killed as human rights groups say country has descended into genocide
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/11/17, 10:06 am

South Sudan’s government forces on Monday targeted and killed at least 16 civilians from specific ethnic groups in the town of Wau, residents and aid workers said. The attack is the latest against civilians and follows several warnings of a possible genocide looming in the war-torn country.

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