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8:35 am
Sat June 14, 2014

The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation

Invisible Children co-founders Jason Russell, left, Bobby Bailey, center, and Laren Poole, record footage in Africa in 2007.
PRWeb

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:52 pm

A little over two years ago, you or somebody you know probably watched "Kony 2012," the YouTube video that redefined what it means to go viral.

The video was made by a small San Diego nonprofit called Invisible Children. It shed light on Joseph Kony, the central African warlord who recruited child soldiers.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Thousands In Iraq Offer To Fight Against Militant Offensive

Iraqi Army soldiers and volunteers chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), inside of the main army recruiting center in Baghdad on Saturday.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:14 am

In what some are calling a sign of potential civil war, thousands of young Iraqis heeded the call of a top Shiite cleric to help fight an offensive by a militant Sunni group.

As we've been reporting, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or the Levant, an al-Qaida offshoot also known as ISIS, has been making stunning progress in Iraq. Last week, it claimed a large part of Mosul.

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Code Switch
6:57 am
Sat June 14, 2014

50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle

Freedom Summer activists sing before leaving training sessions at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, for Mississippi in June 1964.
Ted Polumbaum Collection Newseum

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:51 pm

Idealism drove hundreds of college students to Mississippi 50 years ago.

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Law
6:06 am
Sat June 14, 2014

After Sending A Man To Prison, Judge Admits He Was Biased

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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Around the Nation
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Obama Takes A Trip To A Sioux Indian Reservation

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation yesterday on the border between North and South Dakota. At a celebration honoring Native American veterans, he quoted the tribe's best-known member - Chief Sitting Bull.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: He said, let's put our minds together to see what we can build for our children.

(APPLAUSE)

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Politics
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Cantor's Defeat Was Local, But Reverberations Are National

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Sergeant Bergdahl is back on U.S. soil, and the controversy over President Obama's decision to trade with the Taliban for his release continues as events in Iraq bring a new challenge. Here to talk about the week in politics is NPR's Ron Elving. He joins us now from member station KPLU in Seattle in what they like to call the real Washington - Washington State. Ron, thanks so much for being with us.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Scott.

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Iraq
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Kurdish Forces Step In Behind Fleeing Iraqi Troops

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

As many Iraqi forces abandon their posts in the far north of the country, the Kurdish Regional Government has moved in to try to fill that vacuum. The flag of the autonomous region now flies over the oilfields in Kirkuk. Now this move widely expands the territory that is claimed by the Kurds.

We are joined now by the foreign minister of the Kurdish Regional Government, Falah Mustafah Baktir. Mr. foreign minister, thanks very much for being with us.

FOREIGN MINISTER FALAH MUSTAFAH BAKTIR: Thank you. It's my pleasure.

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Iraq
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Militants Advance Toward Iraq's Capital

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. President Obama is weighing a range of options to try to respond to the rise of radical Islamist fighters in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, now controls a wide stretch of territory in Iraq's Sunni heartland, and they are threatening to march on Baghdad. Now this is a group that is so extreme, even al-Qaida's leadership has distanced itself from them.

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Iraq
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Is ISIS Violence A Sign Of A Permanent Sunni-Shiite Rift?

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:16 am

The conflict in Iraq is rooted in long-running ethnic and religious divisions. Middle East analyst Phebe Marr tells NPR's Scott Simon why political reconciliation appears nearly impossible.

National Security
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. And I'm Scott Simon. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the United States. He's at the Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as new details of his imprisonment by the Taliban continue to emerge. Fox News is reporting that Sergeant Bergdahl spent the last two years in solitary confinement. From San Antonio, NPR's Wade Goodwin has more on this story.

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