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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq had […]

Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

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Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw meddling in our election as an investment, he must be happy with the way it paid off. Because we Americans are so focused on the ping pong game that is partisan politics, we tend to look at the Russian intervention in the 2016 […]

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Trump says ‘I disagree’ with Pence on Syrian stance

By Shelby Mullis and Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ST. LOUIS — During the second presidential debate Donald Trump said he disagrees with his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, on Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict. The city of Aleppo is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. The area is a rebel stronghold that is being bombed […]

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Syrian family of four settles in Indy despite Pence’s ban

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis has new residents and they come all the way from Syria, despite a ban on the resettling of Syrian refugees put into place by Gov. Mike Pence in November. “The governor holds Catholic Charities in the highest regard but respectfully disagrees with their decision to place a Syrian […]

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State changed story on Syrian refugees

Listen below to audio of the original interview conducted on Nov. 16, in which a spokeswoman for the FSSA told TheStatehouseFile.com that the state did not have any pending cases of Syrian refugees in the process of resettling. On Nov. 20, Lemons said it was a case of not understanding the question.   By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com […]

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ACLU files suit against Pence and governor stands behind decision to halt Syrian refugee resettlement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Gov. Mike Pence citing his attempt to stop the resettling of Syrian refugees in the state – a move that came just days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. “There is no border around the state of Indiana that prevents people from […]

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Pence among 27 governors calling on Obama to review refugee resettlement protocols

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over if and how the United States and individual states should take in Syrian refugees continues – now with a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter signed by 27 governors including Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence, urges Obama to complete an exhaustive review of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement […]

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Pence orders all state agencies to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Mike Pence has directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures have been achieved.” Pence’s decision comes after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that left more than 120 people dead and 352 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS […]

Commentary: Syria and the demands of citizenship

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Commentary: Syria and the demands of citizenship

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it was a coincidence that I found myself talking with Al Barker as the leaders of this country debated whether to engage in military action in Syria. Barker is a World War II veteran. He came onto the radio show to talk about Indy Honor Flight, a program […]

Guest column: Why Syria should matter to you

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Guest column: Why Syria should matter to you

By Nora Basha Special to The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I know what you’re thinking: Syria is thousands of miles away.  Why should the United States concern itself with an internal sectarian conflict?  The fact is that Syria is a lynch-pin in Middle East geo-politics – much more so than Tunisia or Libya.  The Syrian people’s […]