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Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an 'attitude,' a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.
On Nov. 1, a United States drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, notorious leader of the Taliban in Pakistan. He has been a priority of the Pakistan as well as U.S. governments for initiating many terrorist attacks, including a December 2009 Afghanistan bombing which killed Americans.
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper took a hard line on Oct. 29 in testimony before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He argued that alarm over electronic monitoring of foreign leaders and vast numbers of citizens is misplaced.
The United States may have averted a debt default, and ended the federal government shutdown, but costly political reverberations continue. The experience of Democratic and Republican leaders frozen in unmoving partisan positions has been unnerving, abroad and at home.
The maneuvering by Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior politicians in Germany to form a viable new government is important for Europe, and beyond. Unfortunately, the alarming partisan budget standoff in Washington D.C. has been preoccupying most related media attention.
Considerable news has been generated by United States military strikes in two countries of Africa, while less commentary is resulting from the passing of a major military leader in Asia, but the two stories are related. Regarding war and revolution, fundamental lessons are enduring.
A new comprehensive report on the environment dramatically declares that global warming is bringing profound changes, and must be addressed urgently regarding causes and consequences. At the end of September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that comprehensive evidence indicates most global warming since 1950 has occurred because of polluting human activities.
On Sept. 25, Kenya began three days of official mourning following four days of heavy fighting to control a Nairobi shopping mall. The well planned and executed terrorist attack left over 60 people dead in the rubble. Details are still unclear, but according to reports approximately a dozen attackers were killed or captured.
"The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," bas become standard shorthand for the global financial crash and resulting severe recession. September marks the beginning of fall, and also the anniversary of the 2008 benchmark bankruptcy of investment house Lehman Brothers.
"The Buck Stops Here" read a sign on Pres. Harry Truman's desk; in reacting to use of poison gas in Syria, Pres. Barack Obama is providing decidedly mixed messages. After threatening to retaliate against the Syrian regime, he suddenly asked Congress to approve the use of force.
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