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Is David Cameron the next Joseph McCarthy?

European Council meeting statement. Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons following last week European Council meeting. Picture date: Monday October 19, 2015. (Credit: Press Association via AP Images)On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron introduced plans that would seek to combat extremism within the United Kingdom. Intending to disrupt extremists, the 'One Nation Counter-Extremist Strategy' is Cameron and company's attempt to battle against the struggle of his generation—terrorism.

The strategy is comprehensive in nature and scope, seeking to root out extremism in both systemic structures and individual proselytizing. "We know that extremism is really a symptom; ideology is the root cause, but the stakes are rising, and that demands a new approach," Mr. Cameron remarked. The initial act will be a full review of public institutions, such as schools, colleges, civil service organizations, and local authorities. Cameron says, "This battle will only be won through argument and persuasion—people taking a stand to demonstrate the power of our liberal, democratic values, and the emptiness of theirs." Thus, under this place, anyone convicted of some type of extremism is barred from working with children.

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The world's forgotten refugees

Somali children stand at the burial of 12-month-old Liin Muhumed Surow at UNHCR's Ifo Extention camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, August 6, 2011 (Credit: AP Photo/Jerome Delay)With the refugees streaming across the Mediterranean in search of a new life in Europe garnering the majority of media attention in recent months, it is easy to forget that they are not the only people that have been driven from their homes by war and civil unrest. For those suffering in the world's largest refugee camp, it is easy to feel forgotten. That is why CNN's David McKenzie and Brent Swails recently visited the Dadaab refugee camp near Kenya's border with Somalia.

The Dadaab camp was established in 1991 after roughly 90,000 refugees fled across the border in an attempt to escape the civil war that was, and still is, tearing Somalia apart. It has since grown to house more than 300,000 displaced Somalians. While shops, hospitals, and other venues give the illusion of a normal city, the Kenyan government will not allow Dadaab's inhabitants to build permanent structures. As a result, homes are comprised mostly of tents or, for the fortunate, walls made of branches and reclaimed wood with tin roofs.

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Eastern Europe's road to a nuclear Middle East

In this image made from video provided by the Moldova General Police Inspectorate, an investigator looks at a vial destined for the Islamic State containing cesium-135 on the driver's seat of Valentin Grossu's car following his arrest in Chisinau, Moldova, February 19, 2015 (Credit: Moldova Police via AP)The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the FBI has spent the last several years working with Eastern European authorities to address a growing problem with the black market sale of nuclear materials to extremist groups. Over the last five years, they have interrupted four such attempts with the last known case coming in February.  

In a particularly troubling development, some of the sellers appear to have connections with the Russian FSB, the successor to the KGB. The FSB was directed by Vladimir Putin before he became President of Russia and has seen its responsibilities expand to include "countering foreign intelligence operations, fighting organized crime, and suppressing Chechen separatists." They have official responsibilities that often take them into potentially fertile areas for such transactions, and oversight in such regions can be difficult. That is not to insinuate that the Russian government is involved with the sales but rather to point out the systemic nature of the problem and the degree to which addressing it is likely to prove difficult.

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Poverty falls to historic lows: always have the poor?

A homeless man bundled against the cold sitting with his bags by a wall in Trafalgar Square, London, January 21, 2014 (Credit: Garry Knight via Flickr)This weekend, the World Bank released a report detailing that the number of people living in extreme poverty will fall to under 10 percent of the global population for the first time. Adjusting the extreme poverty line from $1.25 to $1.90 a day, the World Bank estimates approximately 702 million people live below the line. Since 2012, that number has dropped from 12.8 percent, or an estimated 900 million people.

President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim said, 'This is the best story in the world today—these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty." He cited strong growth rates in developing countries, investments in education, health, and social safety nets as factors for this precipitous drop.

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Obama and Putin: Speak softly and carry a big stick

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting Monday at United Nations headquarters, September 28, 2015 (Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti via AP)The adage to "speak softly and carry a big stick" challenges the lover to be willing to fight and the fighter to be willing to lovingly listen. Made famous by President Teddy Roosevelt, this foreign policy approach rejects passivism but boldly illustrates the understanding that you "do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

On Monday, U.S. President Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly and addressed the need to unify in order to combat ISIS and other threats that would seek to hinder the unity and halt worldwide progress. "We live in an integrated world, one in which we all have a stake in each other's success. We cannot turn back those forces of integration."

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