Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.
How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
It's essentially an improvised explosive device - an oil barrel filled with explosive material and shrapnel - dropped from the sky. Host Marco Werman speaks with Time's Middle East bureau chief, Aryn Baker from Beirut about so-called barrel bombs and why Syrian forces are dropping them on cities.
Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum realized long ago that his music could be a tool. Now the focus of his lyrics is to remind people that beneath all the political posturing and proxy wars still taking place in Syria, there’s still real human suffering the world has to solve.
President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of ground troops in Syria. Just a few dozen special forces troops will act as advisers to the Syrian opposition. Other troops are heading to Iraq. Meanwhile, 19 nations are meeting in Vienna, Austria, to see if they can come up with a plan for peace in Syria.
New numbers released Tuesday by the State Department show that the US is slowly increasing the number of Syrian refugees it's admitting. But the overall numbers are still low, which is a concern for advocates who fear that the Obama administration may miss its own goal.
Saudi Arabia has a problem with terrorism. It's one the largest producers of jihadi fighters around the world. In order to combat that, the country has developed "rehab" centers, that seek to turn would-be jihadis away from their extremist ways.
Drive by the Yusuf Mosque in Boston on a Friday afternoon, prayer day, and you'll see men and women from across the Muslim world, from Indonesia to Iraq to North Africa, in a wide variety of dress. And none of them care which Islamic sect anyone is from.