shortformblog
shortformblog:

breakingnews:

Officials: US launched unsuccessful mission to rescue hostages this summer
Washington Post: U.S. special forces launched an operation this summer to rescue Americans held captive in Syria by the Islamic State, but were unsuccessful, officials said Wednesday.
One serviceman was reportedly injured in the operation but no hostages were found.
Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: This September 2012 photo posted on the Web site FreeJamesFoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. (Manu Brabo/AP)

This story feels even more painful knowing they were so close to finding something. 

shortformblog:

breakingnews:

Officials: US launched unsuccessful mission to rescue hostages this summer

Washington Post: U.S. special forces launched an operation this summer to rescue Americans held captive in Syria by the Islamic State, but were unsuccessful, officials said Wednesday.

One serviceman was reportedly injured in the operation but no hostages were found.

Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: This September 2012 photo posted on the Web site FreeJamesFoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. (Manu Brabo/AP)

This story feels even more painful knowing they were so close to finding something. 

siphotos
siphotos:

Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention. 
SI STAFF: More information on Mo’ne Davis cover GALLERY: View all of SI’s 2014 Covers
 

siphotos:

Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention. 

SI STAFF: More information on Mo’ne Davis cover 
GALLERY: View all of SI’s 2014 Covers

 

humanrightswatch
humanrightswatch:


Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime
The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), released a video of Foley’s purported execution. The group announced that it also is holding the US citizen journalist Steven Sotloff and that his fate depends on future US policy measures against the extremist group. Deliberate murder of civilians and hostage taking during an armed conflict are war crimes.“James went to Syria because of his commitment to exposing the horrors civilians faced since the uprising against the government there,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “He, like the other journalists who are now held prisoner in Syria, courageously risked his life so that the world might know the truth and act to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.”Foley, a US citizen, had been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. Despite his family’s persistent efforts, including a global campaign to free their son, very little was known about his situation and whereabouts throughout the period of his abduction, including which group was holding him. In its publicized execution of the journalist, the Islamic State claimed that his killing was in retaliation for US military intervention against the group in Iraq.Prior to his abduction, Foley worked as an independent journalist in the Middle East for five years. He covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria for the GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse, and other international news agencies. In addition to his journalistic work, Foley had assisted Human Rights Watch with the video documentation of human rights violations. He was also one of the filmmakers who filmed the work of the Human Rights Watch emergency team for the independent documentary “E-Team”.
Read more.
Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images

humanrightswatch:

Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.

The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), released a video of Foley’s purported execution. The group announced that it also is holding the US citizen journalist Steven Sotloff and that his fate depends on future US policy measures against the extremist group. Deliberate murder of civilians and hostage taking during an armed conflict are war crimes.

“James went to Syria because of his commitment to exposing the horrors civilians faced since the uprising against the government there,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “He, like the other journalists who are now held prisoner in Syria, courageously risked his life so that the world might know the truth and act to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.”

Foley, a US citizen, had been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. Despite his family’s persistent efforts, including a global campaign to free their son, very little was known about his situation and whereabouts throughout the period of his abduction, including which group was holding him. In its publicized execution of the journalist, the Islamic State claimed that his killing was in retaliation for US military intervention against the group in Iraq.

Prior to his abduction, Foley worked as an independent journalist in the Middle East for five years. He covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria for the GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse, and other international news agencies. In addition to his journalistic work, Foley had assisted Human Rights Watch with the video documentation of human rights violations. He was also one of the filmmakers who filmed the work of the Human Rights Watch emergency team for the independent documentary “E-Team”.

Read more.

Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images

vintageanchorbooks
vintageanchorbooks:

"But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose."—from THE SCARLET LETTER: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hawthorne’s masterpiece, an iconic fable of guilt and redemption set in Puritan Massachusetts, has long been considered one of the greatest American novels. The story of Hester Prynne—found out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husband—possesses a reality heightened by Hawthorne’s sympathy and his unmixed devotion to his supposedly fallen but fundamentally innocent heroine. The Scarlet Letter rightly deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, a work of moral force and narrative power that announced a literature equal to any in the world. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/Ad6S5

vintageanchorbooks:

"But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose."
—from THE SCARLET LETTER: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s masterpiece, an iconic fable of guilt and redemption set in Puritan Massachusetts, has long been considered one of the greatest American novels. The story of Hester Prynne—found out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husband—possesses a reality heightened by Hawthorne’s sympathy and his unmixed devotion to his supposedly fallen but fundamentally innocent heroine. The Scarlet Letter rightly deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, a work of moral force and narrative power that announced a literature equal to any in the world. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/Ad6S5

whatsnewbuffalo
whatsnewbuffalo:

Redevelopment plans announced for Rainbow Mall
The Rainbow Centre Mall has been vacant for over a decade save the brand new $26 million Niagara Falls Culinary Institute which opened last year. Governor Cuomo flew in today to announce a $150 million redevelopment project for the remaining vacant two-thirds of the mall with plans for: a 15 story hotel with dining on the roof, a spa, an indoor waterpark, and a Daredevil Adventure Center in addition to an expansion of the culinary institute. The world-class attraction, called Wonder Falls Resort, will be partially funded by the Buffalo Billion and aims to reinvigorate downtown Niagara Falls.

whatsnewbuffalo:

Redevelopment plans announced for Rainbow Mall

The Rainbow Centre Mall has been vacant for over a decade save the brand new $26 million Niagara Falls Culinary Institute which opened last year. Governor Cuomo flew in today to announce a $150 million redevelopment project for the remaining vacant two-thirds of the mall with plans for: a 15 story hotel with dining on the roof, a spa, an indoor waterpark, and a Daredevil Adventure Center in addition to an expansion of the culinary institute. The world-class attraction, called Wonder Falls Resort, will be partially funded by the Buffalo Billion and aims to reinvigorate downtown Niagara Falls.