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Will It Work This Time?

Will It Work This Time?

This is something rare. Knowledge of a rapidly deteriorating situation in Africa and a somewhat timely, actual action by those in the world with the power to intervene.
The situation is in the Central African Republic. And that intervening is the first step to stabilizing the slaughter and – hopefully – …

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And in this corner of Europe…

And in this corner of Europe…

The Catalans are upset and, depending on whom you speak with, have been upset since being defeated by the Spanish monarchy in 1714. Now, almost three hundred years later, they are doing what many other ethnic groups throughout Europe aspire – holding a vote to become independent. Or at least show …

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It’s almost the same old story….

It’s almost the same old story….


It is a shame that Vladimir Putin could not acquire the girth of predecessor Boris Yeltsin. Then it would make it even more appropriate that he is channeling the role of Senior Ferrari in the real life Syria-version of the film …

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The paucity of hope

The paucity of hope

Nothing seems to be safe in Egypt these days.  Political opponents of the military leadership are the chief targets for the attacks, attacks that include live fire from security forces. They are not alone: The seething rampages have spread to Christian churches, the media, foreigners, those held in custody, and …

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Cartes prepares Paraguay potential

Cartes prepares Paraguay potential


Paraguay has long been one of the poorest, least developed and most isolated countries in Latin America, dating back from when the country gained independence from Spain in 1811.
The landlocked nation is expected to grow by 10 percent this year – …

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John Kerry reels them in

John Kerry reels them in

 

Secretary of State John Kerry has the Israelis and Palestinians talking again. In the context of all that is happening in the Middle East, that qualifies as a positive.
Kerry does not give up. That has been well documented before. While many see the Israeli-Palestinian issue as a morass, Kerry believes …

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Sometimes a cigar is just a stogie

Sometimes a cigar is just a stogie


 
This past week was one that offered sharp reminders that – under the veneer of white papers and white lies — reality can bite.
In other words – hello, why are you surprised at these “surprises.”
Let’s start with an easy one. Who …

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John Kerry soldiers on

John Kerry soldiers on

The first time I wrote a story about John Kerry, in 1986, he got very angry. So did his press person. It was, to paraphrase Richard Blaine, the start of a beautiful professional friendship.
It has now been almost three decades since that story and the professional relationship took off, grew …

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There’s trouble in River City, and it’s spelled D-A-M

There’s trouble in River City, and it’s spelled D-A-M

There is a village in Afghanistan by the name of Kobakai, a few winding hours from Kabul, where the lives of the residents changed because of one thing: water.
With help from outside groups such as CARE, one morning the residents of Kobakai (ko-BAH-ki) woke to find that beginning that day …

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When reporters keep silent instead of scoops

When reporters keep silent instead of scoops

During the Bosnia conflict, reporters in Sarajevo kept quiet about at least two great stories. We did so with an unwritten rule of realizing that sometimes silence is more important than scoops.
The first was most of U.S. knew ABOUT the existence of a tunnel from Sarajevo to beyond the lines …

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How many times can the game change?

How many times can the game change?

In January 1864, some strangely dressed men with odd accents arrived in the camp of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, whose troops had been reeling from shortages of arms and supplies. They demonstrate a new weapon – an amazingly high powered accurate “repeater” rifle – and offer it to Lee.
He …

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Right once in a while

Right once in a while

There is a good rule taught in newsrooms early in one’s reporting life that goes along the lines of why one should listen to so-called crazy people. It is because, sometimes, they actually say the truth.
By dint of luck or perhaps true insight, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stumbled into …

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Well, what are we going to do with those cyber baddies

Well, what are we going to do with those cyber baddies

U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House of Representatives’ panel on intelligence, which this week overwhelmingly approved a new cyber security bill designed to enhance data sharing between the government and private industry to protect computer networks and intellectual property from cyber attacks.
Yet the day before it passed, Rogers had …

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What is burning on that anniversary cake?

What is burning on that anniversary cake?

Anniversaries are dangerous days.  There is often a flash of attention, lots of words and supposedly deep thought and meaningful promises. Then the sun goes down, and life goes on as before. The world often notes an anniversary without real thought or determination on how to take the steps needed …

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Guns for the Guys

Guns for the Guys

The idea of arming the Syrian rebels is being chatted up once again.  The debate will wander and focus in many theoretical directions. Yet essentially the decision will focus on one key pivot: is the goal a short-term or long-term victory?
The safe bet: short-term considerations will win out.
The U.N. proclamation …

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About the Author

Tom Squitieri
Tom Squitieri

Tom Squitieri has spent more than three decades as a journalist, reporting overseas for the Lowell (Mass.) Sun, the Boston Herald and USA TODAY. He won three Overseas Press Club awards and three White House Correspondents' Association awards for his reporting from Haiti, Bosnia, and Burundi. He is a newly-elected board member of the Overseas Press Club.

In academics, Squitieri was invited to create and then teach a unique college course that combines journalism, public affairs, ethics, philosophy, current affairs and war zone survival skills into a practical application to broaden thinking and day-to-day success. The class "Your 15 Minutes: Navigating the Checkpoints in Life" has a waiting list each year.


Born in Pittsburgh and raised in western Pennsylvania, Squitieri has been on all seven continents and in dozens of places he intends to keep secret.

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