• The most dangerous places in the world

    On the Radar

    While John Kerry is making Syria the focus of his first international trip, the newly-minted secretary of state has likely already discovered that Syria is only one among many volatile situations around the world. From the “genocidal type” war in Syria to the growing presence of al Qaeda affiliates in Northern Africa, former Gen. James Cartwright tells On the Radar he’s concerned about the growing number of potentially volatile regions around the world.

    “They're spreading rather than consolidating,” the retired general says of the dangerous areas around the world, known as hotspots. “Africa is probably the biggest one that we are…are seeing in the media right now with the Mali challenge, but that's not limited to Mali.”

    The growing threat of Africa can be traced in large part to the expansion of al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups such as al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM)—the group behind the recent hostage situation at a natural gas facility in Algeria. Cartwright says the

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  • Bobby Jindal: President Obama “trying to scare the American public” on spending cuts

    Politics Confidential

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R - La.) accused President Obama of playing "political theater" by warning that looming across-the-board spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday will have a devastating impact on the government's ability to function and provide for the nation's most vulnerable, saying the cuts can be made in ways that are less damaging.

    "The reality is that this is just part of political theater, part of the campaign," Jindal told Politics Confidential following a luncheon at the White House for the National Governors Association. "He's trying to scare the American people. He's trying to distort the impact."

    The White House released a report Sunday night detailing the state-by-state impact of the cuts known as 'the sequester'; the report says that just in Jindal's state of Louisina, 1,730 fewer children will receive vaccines, while $488,000 will be cut from a nutrition assistance programs that provides meals to seniors, among other cuts.

    But

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  • Oscar-nominated documentary ‘The Invisible War’ brings attention to rape and sexual assault in the military

    On the Radar

    An Oscar nomination is a terrific honor for a filmmaker, but for director Kirby Dick, the recognition means so much more. An Academy Award nomination for "The Invisible War" brings with it more attention to the subject of the documentary -- sexual assault and rape in the U.S. military, and the frequent cover ups.

    "Every time there's more attention to this issue, there's more activity in Washington," says the director. "We made this film because we wanted to change things...we wanted the military to do what [it needs] to do to protect the men and women who are protecting us."

    A news article first sparked director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering's interest in the subject.

    "We started to do additional research, and were amazed to find how many men and women had been sexually assaulted ... over half a million over the last generation," says Dick. "And then we were equally surprised at how covered up it had been."

    The director says -- and the documentary reveals -- that

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