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Japan Working To Gain IS Hostage's Release, Analyzing Video

Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.

“We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. 615 more words

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John Buchan's The Three Hostages

This podcast script was written for a miniseries on Thrillers for Gentlemen. I was looking at the thriller or spy novel that was masculine without being brutal; written about, and possibly also for, men of a certain generation who understood the ethos of the gentleman’s club, and worked within its rules. 1,723 more words

Modesty Blaise

Japan Seeks Jordan's Help in Gaining Hostage's Release

(TOKYO) — Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release. 421 more words

ISIS murders Japanese hostage, bargains for swap

(CNN) — A picture and audio posted online Saturday purport to show that one of ISIS’s two Japanese hostages has been killed after a deadline for ransom passed, and appears to relay the group’s new demand for the other’s freedom — a prisoner exchange. 1,029 more words

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Japanese Memes May Be Effective To Combat ISIS

After Friday’s deadline for a $200 million ransom, Islamic State militants executed one of their two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa.

In response, Japan did what it did best: troll the internet with memes of ISIS. 245 more words

Politics

Beheadings Of Hostages By Jihadis Continue To Horrify Us - Here's A Question

Thanks to Drudge for the links:

Daniel Halper posted today on The Blog at The Weekly Standard.  The subject of the brief entry was that the White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, “appeared” to “slip up” in his response to an ABC News anchor’s recent question.  566 more words

Islam

Civil War Transcendence, part 112

I don’t know why I had such an ominous feeling about the riders. They had already turned the corner and were on Shenandoah Street, headed for the hotel. 388 more words

Civil War