5:04 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Portland Kurds Closely Monitoring Clash with Islamic State

Mustafa Rostampour (from left), Reza Jalali and Ghomri Rostampour.
Tom Porter MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — A small group of Kurdish immigrants in Maine is closely monitoring violence and upheaval happening more than 5,000 miles away.

Fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga are playing a frontline role in the fight against militants from the armed group Islamic State. Ethnic Kurds can be found mostly in four countries: Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, and it's in Iraq where they have the closest thing to their own country in the Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, in northern Iraq.

And it's the KRG that's at the forefront of the war against the Islamic State.

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James Foley
2:58 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Mass to be Held in Remembrance of Slain Journalist

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) _ A mass in remembrance of journalist James Foley has been scheduled for Sunday in Rochester, New Hampshire.

The Foley family said a Holy Mass of  "Healing, Hope and for Peace'' is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on 189 North Main St.

A memorial Mass will be held at the church for Foley on Oct. 18, on what would have been his 41st birthday.

James Foley
5:33 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Executed New Hampshire Journalist was Steadfast in Face of Danger

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in September of 2012.
Credit Photo:Manu Brabo /

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire - A New Hampshire photojournalist who was abducted by Islamic militants in Syria has been killed by his captors. James Foley disappeared two years ago while on assignment in Syria for the GlobalPost. Little information about him has surfaced since. On Tuesday, a video released by the Islamic State showed Foley being executed. Patty Wight has more on who James Foley was, and what happened to him.


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2:26 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Follies of U.S. Foreign Policy

John Mearsheimer
Credit University of Chicago

Speaking in Maine takes us next Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for an address by University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer, speaking on “The Follies of US Foreign Policy.” Mearsheimer is the author of “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics”, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” and “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics”

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Israeli Official: Chance Of A Ground Invasion Of Gaza 'Very High'

A picture taken from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli airstrike Wednesday.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 5:48 pm

This post was updated at 3 p.m. ET.

Israel has agreed to a United Nations request for a temporary cease-fire in its shelling campaign of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

The five-hour bombing halt on Thursday will allow humanitarian aid to be delivered in Gaza.

But any semblance of peace will be fleeting.

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International Affairs
10:34 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Today's Foreign Policy Challenges

R. Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Credit Wikipedia and the U.S. Department of State

  R. Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He spoke at the World Affairs Council of Maine's Annual Meeting about Foreign Policy Challenges facing the United States.

This discussion was recorded on June 18, 2014 at the The Portland Club.

More information about this event is located here:

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7:45 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Lac-Megantic, A Year Later

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - More than 1,000 people marched in solemn silence early this morning along the edge of Lac-Megantic's railroad as they remembered last year's deadly train disaster.

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8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Oil Train Disaster To Be Remembered in Quebec

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, not far from the Maine border.  

A runaway train of the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway de-railed in the center of town. Tanker cars full of oil exploded into flame, devastating part of Lac Megntic's downtown and killing 47 people.

This weekend, a candlelight walk will be staged through Lac Megantic.  It's scheduled to last 47 minutes - one minute for every person who died in the tragedy.

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7:54 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Gas Rates Falling in NB

NEW BRUNSWICK-   Gas rates in New Brunswick may soon be dropping for residential customers.

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Maine Calling
4:31 pm
Thu June 19, 2014


Credit U.S. Army

In December 2011, President Barack Obama announced that the last American troops had left Iraq — ending nearly nine years of war. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal, Iraq has seen a steady amount of sectarian violence. In recent days, a group that even al-Qaida found too extreme has made significant advances in the country — the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS has seized large areas of northern Iraq. There are conflicting reports about whether ISIS has taken control of the country's largest oil refinery.

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