August 21, 2014

Welcome to Extremistan

David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Anyone with a brain or a heart cannot help but be deeply disturbed by the unending and seemingly accelerating torrent of grim -- sometimes horrifying -- stories emanating from the Middle East. This week's gruesome, heartbreaking news of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley is shocking evidence to this effect. But shattering as it is, it is one man's tragedy; daily, thousands across the region suffer equally devastating losses far from the spotlight, unnoted by the media.

Still, amid the turns for the worse and the region's growing complexity, there are signs of hope, ones that come even from those who are immersed in and buffeted by regional developments.

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TAGGED: Islamic State, ISIS, Jordan, Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, Syria, Kurdistan

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