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Richard N. Haass

New York – One day, historians will have their hands full debating the causes of the chaos now overtaking much of the Middle East. To what extent, they will ask, was it the inevitable result of deep flaws common to many of the region’s societies and political systems, and to what extent did it stem from what outside countries chose to do (or not to do)?

From January 13 to January 16, members of the United States Government’s core post-2015 team, under the leadership of John Podesta, Counselor to the President, and Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council, visited Addis Abeba to engage with Ethiopian and African Union (AU) officials, the US embassy said in a statement.

Tomas Mega

In the hours and days following the shooting to death of eighteen year old Michael Brown, a shocking, conjured depiction of what happened emerged across America. Apparently Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, woke up that morning, looked into his mirror and decided that day was the day he was going to gun down an innocent black teenager for no other reason than he could. According to the early reports of witnesses, including Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was killed, not only did Wilson shoot Brown dead while Brown had his hands held high up in the air in an apparent attempt to surrender, he also shot him in the back as Brown was supposedly fleeing from the officer.