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Air Force releases highly redacted records on academy's cadet informant program

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:01
After a delay of nearly two years, the Air Force on Monday released 250 pages of records on its use of cadet informants at the Air Force Academy. But most of the pages released are all but blank.

Why can’t Democrats say ‘Islamic terrorism’?

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:57
All this tortured diction is pointless. We’re at war with people who believe that Islam justifies mass murder. There’s no way to conduct that war without giving some people the impression that we’re at war with Islam, period.

There’s a long history of Muslims fighting for the West

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:56
One reason we think of Muslim warriors as foreign to the West rather than part of it is because much of Western identity has been built on an imaginary conflict between the Christian West and the Muslim East.

Gun control, civil rights not kindred causes

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:55
Historically, civil rights and gun control have been at odds. The blunt fact is that one side seeks to rein in law enforcement, while the other wishes to give it more power.

Review: 'Creed' is a knockout

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:01
There’s a scene early in “Creed” inside Adrian’s, that famous South Philly eatery run by the mumbling restaurateur Rocky Balboa. A young man walks in and eyes the pictures on the wall -- photographs of the heavyweight champ’s legendary bouts, most notably his epic collisions with Apollo Creed.

Review: 'The Good Dinosaur' lacks magic of other Pixar films

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:56
Production was halted early in the process of making "The Good Dinosaur" because it had some dinosaur-sized problems. Peter Sohn was brought in as the new director and he started the process over two years ago.

Review: 'Victor Frankenstein' is a mashed-up mess

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:54
Someone left a copy of Mary Shelley's novel out in the rain, threw the wet mess into a blender, hit puree and came up with "Victor Frankenstein," the 758th movie retelling of the seminal horror tale, this time with a dash of Marvel Comics and a revisionist perspective thrown in for flavor. Although the mad doctor with a God complex (played by James McAvoy) gets title billing, the star this time is his faithful assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), a circus sideshow freak whose hump turns out to have been a really big zit (no, seriously) and whose curved spine is quickly fixed by wearing a back brace. There, good as new! Igor isn't even his real name, and he's also smarter than his boss: He's a self-taught genius. Any similarities between Radcliffe's Igor and Marty Feldman's iconic portrayal of the character in "Young Frankenstein" are accidental, except for that one moment in which director Paul McGuigan dares to reference Mel Brooks' classic, which reminds you there are heaps of better movies you could be watching than this one.

ANALYSIS | China pulled further into Syria crisis as terrorism threat grows

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:23
The violence in Syria in recent weeks is pressuring China to step off the sidelines and take a more active role in international efforts to stem the conflict.

Liberia records 1st Ebola death since July

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:05
A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, a health official said Tuesday, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

British general feeling at home at Fort Bliss

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:20
In his first month at Fort Bliss, British Brig. Gen. Frazer Lawrence has noticed a few small differences, but the big things are the same as back home. Lawrence took over as the new deputy commander for operations for the 1st Armored Division on Oct. 18. On Monday, Fort Bliss and the division held a welcome ceremony for Lawrence and his wife, Jo.

Panther standouts headline All-Europe volleyball selections

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:15
The DODDS-Europe Division I champion Stuttgart Panthers placed three players among the 20 named to the 2015 All-Europe volleyball teams, announced Tuesday by DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore.

3 Russian journalists injured in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:09
The Russian Defense Ministry says three Russian journalists have been injured while traveling to front-line positions in Syria.

Thailand indicts 2 for deadly Bangkok bombing

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:51
A Thai military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out a deadly bombing at a shrine in Bangkok but questions hang over the case because of the attackers' unclear motive and an opaque investigation.

Obama, Hollande talks complicated by Russian plane incident

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:35
President Barack Obama will stand in solidarity with French President Francois Hollande at the White House Tuesday, 11 days after the Paris attacks, in a visit complicated by Turkey's shoot-down of a Russian warplane.
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