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A Violent Defection – How a Battalion of Ukrainian SS Troops Mutinied and Joined the French Resistance

“A mutiny of the battalion had been arranged through negotiations between four Ukrainian officers and… a taciturn resistance operative.” By Matt …

World War I: Role of Indian Army in Britain's victory over Germany

Soldiers from Indian Army served in World War I for Britishers. As many as 74,187 soldiers lost their lives in order to win the war for them who in …

Trump Is Failing As A President. But He’s Succeeding As Reality TV.

Terrific ratings for the Trump show.<p>When Donald Trump was just starting out as a candidate for the presidency, he used to confuse ratings and polls.<p>It was a meaningless eccentricity from a showbiz candidate going nowhere, a sign of the unreality of his campaign and of his own strange place in …

Bill Browder's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

“I hope that my story will help you understand the methods of Russian operatives in Washington and how they use U.S. enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests,” Browder writes.<p><i>The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing</i> …

Trump Tells 2 Blatant Lies About ISIS And Bashar Assad As Lebanese Leader Listens

The president even disparaged the efforts of the U.S. military.<p>WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump used a White House press conference with a crucial Middle East partner on Wednesday to misrepresent the actions of the U.S. military and his own political positions, as well as demonstrate his …

Berlin reviews Turkish arms requests as crisis deepens

ANKARA/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Friday it was reviewing applications for arms projects from Turkey, accusing its NATO ally of ramping up covert operations as an attempt by a Turkish minister to calm a deepening bilateral crisis fell flat.<p>While one minister in Berlin compared Ankara’s …

Civil Service

Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’

BAGHDAD — Walk into almost any market in Iraq and the shelves are filled with goods from Iran — milk, yogurt, chicken. Turn on the television and channel after channel broadcasts programs sympathetic to Iran.<p>A new building goes up? It is likely that the cement and bricks came from Iran. And when …

Middle East

As Palestinian leaders fight over Gaza, Israel worries Hamas will go to war

Hamas has never been so isolated. Egypt has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, the progenitor of Hamas. Turkey, which once lavished attention on Gaza, …

What Is the Muslim Brotherhood, and What Does It Have to Do With the Qatar-Saudi Split?

LONDON — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been working his diplomatic muscles this week shuttling between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, trying to end a month-long rift among some of America's most important Mideast allies.<p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed …

How war ravaged the city of Mosul, in satellite images

Just days after Iraqi forces retook Mosul from the Islamic State, DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company, released new images of the city’s destruction after months of fighting.<p>The images, made available Friday and taken from the company’s WorldView-2 satellite, show how the conflict has turned …

The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan

ERBIL, Iraq — Flanked by senior military commanders, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq on Monday announced the defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul. The bloody, nine-month reconquest of Iraq’s second-largest city after three years of occupation by the terror group was achieved thanks to close …

After liberation, anxieties echo in the rubble of Mosul

As it turned out, a botched occupation, political gridlock in Baghdad and industrial-scale corruption resulted in Washington's $US60 billion ($77.5 …

22 years ago 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed at Srebrenica in Europe's worst atrocity since WWII

With the support of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's government in Belgrade, the Bosnian Serbs — under the leadership of Radovan Karadzic, who is now serving 40 years for war crimes— were attempting to liquidate Bosnia's Muslim population as part of an attempt to carve a "greater Serbia" out …

Human Rights

The Congressional War on Expertise

The Congressional Budget Office is a controversial part of the health-care debate, but that just proves its importance.<p>Talk about a lousy recess.<p>Even as members of Congress were sprinting out of town for the July 4th holiday, the hard-working nerds at the Congressional Budget Office were handed the …

Health Care

Empathy makes us immoral, says a Yale psychologist

Empathy, in general, has an excellent reputation. But it leads us to make terrible decisions, according to Paul Bloom, psychology professor at Yale and author of <i>Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.</i> In fact, he argues, we would be far more moral if we had no empathy at all.<p>Though it …

Psychology

Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories by Wendy Pearlman.<p><i>It's said that history is written by the victors, but recent socially minded oral histories, such as Verso's Voice of Witness series, have given voices to the marginalized and</i> …

64 years later, the CIA finally released details of the coup in Iran

The approximately 1,000 pages of documents also reveal for the first time the details of how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy on the ground.<p>Known as Operation Ajax, the CIA plot was ultimately about oil. Western firms …

South Asia

Watergate Lawyer: The Trump Administration Would Fire Mueller 'At Their Peril'

Rufus Edmisten reflects on his time working on the Senate Watergate Committee.<p>When Rufus Edmisten was 31 years old, he delivered a subpoena to the president of the United States asking for tape recordings from the Oval Office. It was July 23, 1973, and “it had to be the hottest day in the world,” …

Donald Trump

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy?<p>As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled …

ISIS destroys historic Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul

ISIS has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, a historic landmark in Mosul, the Iraqi army has said. The Great Mosque was built in the 12th century …

Forget Comey. The Real Story Is Russia’s War on America

Why are we focusing on who leaked what to whom, when our democracy is under siege?<p>It was a breezy, surprisingly pleasant summer week in Washington as the frenzy around potential Trump-Russia revelations reached near-carnival levels. On Thursday, brightly clad groups scattered across the lawns of …

Russia

US shoots down pro-Assad drone that opened fire on coalition forces

• No injuries but US military says drone ‘posed a threat to our forces’<br>• Spokesman says such strikes will take focus away from fighting Isis<p>The United States has shot down a pro-Syrian government drone that opened fire on US-led coalition forces in Syria, a military spokesman said, in a major …

Trump admin gives embassies broad new discretion to limit travelers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration has approved intensified screening measures for visa applicants trying to reach the US, even as multiple federal courts have blocked its travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries.<p>The State Department released new guidance to embassies worldwide on …

Sean Hannity and the conspiracy theory that was too much even for Fox News

The news channel has told its Trump-boosting host to stop insinuating that a Democrat was killed for passing emails to WikiLeaks. But that hasn’t prevented him tweeting about it …

Meet the Real Jared Kushner

He’s a lot tougher than he looks.<p><i>Editor's note: The original version of this story said, incorrectly, that a representative for Kushner did not reply to a request for comment. In fact, an email was sent to the wrong address. POLITICO Magazine regrets the error. It is our policy to seek the input of</i> …

Real Estate

Iran’s Islamic Evolution Through the Ballot Box

Maryam was 22 days old when Iranians dethroned their king in 1979. The Islamic regime that followed—with its black and brown robes, covered heads, …

Former presidents walk fine line in Trump’s America

Trump's predecessors are trying to both defend their legacies and respect the unwritten rule of not undermining the current commander in chief.<p>During his “American carnage” inaugural address, President Donald Trump sent a clear message: all of the presidents in recent memory have failed the …

How the world sees Trump, 100 days in

Afghanistan China Egypt Germany Iran Iraq Israel Mexico North Korea Russia Syria Turkey The UK<p><b>(CNN) —</b> The world was dumbfounded by the election of Donald Trump, and his first 100 days in office have done little to alleviate a deep sense of uncertainty and unpredictability. Indeed, as one observer …

North Korea

Isoroku Yamamoto — 10 Fascinating Facts About Japan’s Most Famous Admiral

“Undeterred by death threats, Yamamoto continued to defy the regime. It was only his popularity with the navy and the admiration of the emperor that …