Reporter studying in New York. I cover international news around the clock, anything from politics, foreign policy, war and conflict, protest, human rights to breaking news. I drink lots of coffee.
I'm a "rising star in journalism," as seen in HuffPo.
Have a question or a tip? Submit here.
I'd love to work for you. Email me.
I also tweet a lot. Tweet tweet.
For starters: 22 May 2013
Mortar lands in Congo city of Goma as U.N. secretary general arrives in capital (AP)
Egyptian security abducted in Sinai freed (Al Jazeera)
Egypt’s Morsi calls on people of Sinai to “give up their arms” (BBC News)
World Bank pledges $1 billion to aid peace in Africa’s Great Lakes (Reuters)
Mugabe signs Zimbabwe constitution into law (Reuters)
Mysterious respiratory illness kills two, leaves five others hospitalized in Alabama (AP)
North Korea has named hardline general as new military chief, state media shares (AP)
North Korea leader sends “special envoy” to China (NYTimes)
Iran bars candidates for June Presidential election (Reuters)
China premier to discuss trade ties with incoming Pakistan government (Al Jazeera)
Hague says, “we are working on lifting the arms embargo for the Syrian opposition” (Al Jazeera)
Ukraine prime minister bars reporters from government meetings after protest (Reuters)
France boosts up Africa and Middle East embassy security (Reuters)
Germany backs call to put Hezbollah armed wing on EU terror list (Reuters)
Sunni fighters backing Syria rebels fight Assad supporters in Lebanon’s Tripoli (Al Jazeera)
Refugee numbers drop dramatically on the Jordan-Syria border (Al Jazeera)
Rafah border crossing off Egypt and Gaza reopens after abduction (Al Ahram)
Syrian National Coalition to attend Friends of Syria meeting in Jordan’s Amman Wednesday (Al Jazeera)
Syria opposition calls for reinforcements in embattled Qusair (Reuters)
The country is in a crisis and when a ship faces a storm, the captain does not flee. The first thing he does is face the storm and guide the ship back to safety. I am not someone who flees from my responsibilities.
ICYMI: White House released over 100 pages of emails about Benghazi (PDF)
17 May 2013 roundup for Syria
- HRW report shows torture evidence found in Syrian prisons (AP)
- United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says an international conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible (Reuters)
- More than 1.5 million Syrians have fled the country to escape the conflict there and register as refugees, UN says (CNN)
- More advanced missiles - antiship cruise missiles - have been sent by Russia to Syria to support Assad (NYTimes)
- Russian FM: “I don’t understand the uproar over supplying weapons to Syria.” (Al Jazeera)
‘But as U.S. president for the last 4-1/2 years,Barack Obama has faced accusation after accusation of impinging on civil liberties, disappointing his liberal Democratic base and providing fodder for rival Republicans as he deals with the realities of office.
News in the past week of the federal seizure of phone records from the Associated Press news agency and the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative Tea Party groups, has intensified criticism already simmering over the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and aerial drone strikes abroad.
Asked at a news conference on Tuesday why the administration had not done more for civil liberties, Attorney General Eric Holder said: “I’m proud of what we have done” and emphasized the administration’s shift from Bush era harsh interrogation practices of terrorism suspects that had drawn international criticism.
When he took office in 2009, Obama promised to close the Guantanamo camp for foreign terrorism suspects, but it remains open with 166 detainees, many on hunger strikes in protest at indefinite detentions. Obama said last month he would revisit that pledge and blamed Congress for blocking his plan to close the camp, partly through restrictions on transfers of detainees.
The administration has defended its aerial drone strikes abroad, which have included targeting a U.S.-born terrorism suspect, as essential to the fight against al Qaeda and other militants in places such as Pakistan and Yemen.’