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Abu Shekau
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Abu Shekau



Issue: "Into thin air," Aug. 23, 2014

‘We don’t care about that religion of yours.’

Nigerian Boko Haram leader Abu Shekau to Nigerian Christians in a July video. At the end he dances and chants, “Christians, you are in trouble; Christians, you are in trouble.” A report by Human Rights Watch found Boko Haram killed 2,053 people in 95 attacks in the first half of this year.

‘It’s your average Jewish Friday night family meal, taken to the hundredth power.’

Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, on tensions with the Obama administration over Israel’s latest Gaza offensive. He attributed the tensions to “a lack of appreciation of how Israeli discourse works.”

‘We tortured some folks.’

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President Barack Obama, on the waterboarding of terrorists during the Bush administration. Former Bush officials denied the charge. “The United States engaged in aggressive interrogation that did not go beyond the limits imposed by U.S. law,” former White House attorney John Yoo told U.S. News & World Report. “I suppose President Obama thinks that the U.S. ‘murdered some folks’ when it executed Nazi and Japanese war leaders after WWII or it ‘shot some folks’ in cold blood when it killed bin Laden.”

‘This might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.’

House GOP Whip Steve Scalise on Democratic fundraising efforts that claim House Republicans are going to attempt to impeach President Obama. House leaders deny they are considering impeachment.

‘Obviously, being separated from our family and being separated from my mother was not his first priority, but he was happy to do the job and he really loved his job and he really thought he was making a big difference.’

Army 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, on his father, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, who was killed on Aug. 5 when an attacker in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of visiting Western military officials.


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