Today's Takeaways: Turmoil in Iraq, a World Cup Rivalry Rematch, and an Unsettling Discovery

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand to attention in the grounds of their camp in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on June 14, 2014. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty)

1. Christiane Amanpour: This May Be 'The End of Iraq' | 2. World Cup Rivalry Rematch: NYC Immigrant Weighs in As His Countries Compete | 3. Grammy Winner Loudon Wainwright on His New Album | 4. Iraq: A Nightmare Coming True?

Christiane Amanpour: 'The End of Iraq'

The world is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq and across the Middle East, according to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN, and Kenneth Pollack, a former former CIA intelligence analyst.

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U.S. Survivor of Deadly Irish Orphanage Speaks Out

North Carolina resident Peter Ferris Cochran was born at St. Mary’s unwed mothers home in Ireland, a now-haunting place where the bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, were found in septic tank last week.

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NYC Immigrant on Team USA World Cup Rivalry

The rivalry between the U.S. and Ghana will be reignited again when these two teams face off tonight at the World Cup. Some fans like Ghanaian immigrant and New Yorker Robert Asare-Akoto, have been left feeling divided.

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Loudon Wainwright III on His New Album

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and actor Loudon Wainwright III discusses his forthcoming album—what he's been calling a “posthumous” collaboration with this father.

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Iraq: A Nightmare Coming True?

Feisal Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University and former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, says that when he looks at Iraq, he sees all of his worst nightmares coming true.

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Starbucks Offers Free College Education to Workers

Is the ultimate job perk a college education? Starbucks has announced that it will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company.

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Keith G from Texas

I still believe that George W. Bush and Dick Chaney should be held responsible for setting in motion what we're seeing today in Iraq and the Middle East. Their single, I'll-informed, ego-centric decision to invade Iraq post-9/11 should be seen in a criminal light. What's worse is that they lied to the country and the world in an attempt to justify their actions. Add to that the execution of the invasion with a minimally resourced force followed by inept strategic thinking, planning, and execution increases the demand for accountability.

Jun. 16 2014 01:03 PM

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