One key concern was that the report’s details could burn bridges with allies, in particular those that hosted 'black sites.' While certainly cries of US hypocrisy abound, none of the anticipated backlash from allies has materialized so far.
Tuesday’s release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation techniques has revived a national debate about the effectiveness of torture. While opinion is divided, a consensus does seem to have formed around the idea that torture is a moral abomination.
Criticism of the US after a failed raid to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers sharpened after it was revealed Monday that South African hostage Pierre Korkie, also murdered by Al Qaeda as the raid took place, was perhaps hours from being freed in a ransom deal.
New scholarships for college and graduate students aim to reverse a sharp decline in the number of Japanese young people studying abroad. Concerns have grown about a younger generation that is too inwardly focused at a time of growing tensions in Asia.
Iran's role in strikes against the Islamic State – and the United States' seeming acceptance of their participation – has sparked ire among members of the international coalition combating the militant group.
On Monday, the World Food Program announced that, due to a funding shortage, it was suspending food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees. The setback, which comes as winter approaches, is emblematic of a global crisis.
The Spanish foreign minister's recent statement that he would bring 'concrete messages' from the US government to Havana has some Republicans speculating that President Obama is looking to move further away from decades-old policy on Cuba.
Halting the slide into religiously fueled conflict lies with the Israelis and Palestinians, regional analysts say. But neither of the leaders of the two sides appears inclined to redirect energies toward a renewed peace effort.