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When America occupied Haiti

Aug 7, 2015
A.R. Harrison, United States Marine Corps

One hundred years ago the US began its 19-year occupation of Haiti. It had profound effects on the Caribbean nation. But why did it even happen?

The immediate cause was the violent overthrow and murder of a pro-American dictator, Jean Vilbrune Guillaume Sam. The same day, several hundred US Marines and sailors landed from the USS Washington, which was standing off the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Only one Haitian soldier attempted to oppose the initial landing, and was killed for his trouble, becoming the first casualty of the occupation.

Que te vaya bien, Jon Stewart

Aug 6, 2015
Jim Bourg/Reuters

It's a sad night for comedy fans across the globe. News junkies, as well. It's Jon Stewart's final time hosting The Daily Show.

His show has inspired numerous copy-cat shows in places like Egypt, Iran, Chile and Thailand

Thomas Peter/ Reuters

Is the world still turning? Is the sky still blue? For those of shaken by the breakup of Kermit and Miss Piggy after nearly 40 years, the Muppets have a message for you: Don't sweat it.

Carolyn Sebron

The upcoming  production of Verdi's Otello at New York's Metropolitan Opera might surprise some opera lovers.

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will sing the lead role as Otello, but he will not appear in blackface-style makeup.

That marks a big change and may reflect a new cultural sensitivity. It’s the first time without dark makeup since 1891 when the Metropolitan Opera Company first presented the Giuseppe Verdi opera based on Shakespeare's “Othello.”

Here’s how the Met explained its decision to drop the longstanding use of theatrical, blackface style makeup:

It's "high season" on the rugged coast of Libya. Not for tourists or pleasure boating, but for the hundreds of migrants who every day crowd aboard rickety ships to cross the Mediterranian Sea.

Yesterday, one of those vessels, a boat designed to hold 30 or 40 fishermen flipped over. It held an estimated 600 migrants. At least 400 were rescued. 

There's a musician in Haiti who's making a bit of history. His name is Freshla (real name Donald Joseph) and he's one of the most popular producers and musicians in Haiti right now.

And if that's not enough, Freshla's a player on the political scene as well as, especially as the the island nation looks ahead to this weekend's Parlimentary elections.

Freshla's making waves with hit songs like "Kite Ti Pati'm Kanpe."

Who says a wedding has to be all about the bride and groom?

"Turkish weddings are usually all about the couple. There's lots of food, lots of dancing.  It's a huge affair,” says reporter Dalia Mortada.   

One Turkish couple, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, decided to forego the money that would have gone for a lavish wedding and use it instead to provide dinner for about 4,000 refugees from Syria.

The idea actually came from the groom's father, who's an active member of the Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish charity that helps thousands of refugees.  

Bruce Wallace

Digital Harbor High is in a shiny new building, just south of downtown Baltimore. It’s summer, though, and the halls are quiet except for a small conference room on the first floor, where a handful of students and teachers gather around a table. They're here, in part, because a year ago, things at Digital Harbor were anything quiet.

Turkish Kurds fear a return to the bad old days

Aug 6, 2015
Marine Olivesi

There little question that Turkey is a mess these days. The government in Ankara had avoided getting involved in the fighting next door in Syria, and it had maintained a two-year ceasefire with a Kurdish rebel group called the PKK.

But now the Turkish government — especially its air force — is finding itself fighting against both the Kurdish group and ISIS-inspired Islamic insurgents.

Perhaps no one examplifies the sad state of affairs more than Mehmet Uyar.

REUTERS/Mohamed Mounzer Masri

Let's not mince words about the Obama administration's plan to train moderate Syrian to fight against the Islamic State.

"Objectively, it's been a disaster," says Mike Giglio, a reporter with BuzzFeed who has spoken to some of the fighters.

The program was announced more than a year ago, in response to the Islamic State's expansions in Iraq. "There was this big outcry domestically and internationally 'what are you going to do to stop these guys?'" he says.

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