Summary: As surveys show that free and open societies are dwindling around the world, nations including Russia and China are presenting alternatives to democracy. Energetic and passionate political movements in American and the world are increasingly undemocratic, claiming that representative government cannot solve 21st century challenges.
The Iraqi city of Ramadi is finally liberated after months of being under siege by ISIS. Despite this, both the city and the entire country face an uncertain future as ISIS continues to control in other provinces.
One of the most effective means of combating global terrorism is to hit terrorist organizations where it hurts: the wallet. But what happens when a terrorist organization becomes economically self-sufficient?
[DIGEST: Washington Post, Associated Press, MSNBC, Huffington Post] In what is likely Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most incendiary statement to date, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump cited support for his position, aired in a … Continued
[DIGEST: New York Times, Human Rights Watch, The Independent, Public Radio International] There is a crisis going on right now in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are being isolated from their families and held in pens. They are being photographed and given numbers to advertise them to … Continued