The masked man with a British accent who beheaded numerous Islamic State hostages and threatened America in propaganda videos was widely reported to have been identified by British and U.S. intelligence. Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi was previously detained and deported in Tanzania, accused of trying to reach a terror group in Somalia. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
A day after the U.S. arrest of three men attempting to join the Islamic State, officials identified the man known as “Jihadi John,” an IS militant who has been seen in brutal videos executing hostages. What motivated Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen, to embrace extremism? Judy Woodruff talks to Peter Neumann of King’s College London about Westerners who may be drawn to terrorism. Continue reading
In 1938, the historically black Talladega College commissioned artist Hale Woodruff to create a series of paintings telling the story of the Amistad, when 53 Africans revolted on a Spanish ship carrying them to slavery one century earlier. A traveling exhibition organized by the High Museum in Atlanta showcases the Talladega murals, now on view at the Smithsonian. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
In the bestselling but controversial new book “The Hundred-Year Marathon,” author and former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury argues that China is angling to replace the United States as a global superpower. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews Pillsbury about what he thinks the U.S. can do to counteract the “secret strategy.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry openly questioned Netanyahu’s judgment on the issue.
President Obama has nominated Katherine Dhanani, a long-time diplomat with a specialty in African affairs, to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991. Continue reading
More than six months since the war between Israel and Hamas, parts of Gaza look as if the conflict ended yesterday. Many who lost their homes still live in tents. Despite billions of dollars pledged to aid the reconstruction, little has actually reached Gaza so far. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading