Children of ISIS
As the war in Mosul comes to an end and ISIS retreats, legions of young victims are being left behind. Without help, they may pose a long-term threat to the security of the region and the world at large.
Children were uniquely victimized by ISIS. First, as bystanders caught in a brutal war, but more shockingly, as soldiers who were recruited, indoctrinated with a deadly ideology, then trained to kill and fight on the battlefield. As they are freed from ISIS, traumatized and untreated, they’re now melting back into society — still heavily influenced by their experience.
Sherri Talabany is one of the loudest voices calling for help. A former U.S. diplomat now living in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, Talabany is president and founder of SEED, an NGO helping victims of ISIS. She fears that many recent arrivals desperately need help, or risk posing a danger not only to themselves and their families, but to the country and the world.
She observes, “the boys that were in DAESH training camp … were taught nothing but violence against their own families. Hatred and violence. they’ve been involved in murder, they’ve been involved in torture.”
Sherri says, “The terrible thing about the experience is, nobody knows what is going to happen next.”
“What we’re learning about this youth is that we need a very long term engagement and it needs to be very consistent, and it needs to be very intensive.”
“If we have this whole generation untreated and suffering from these traumatic events … We’re just going to be prone to another wave and cycle of ISIS or Al Qaeda 3.0.”
iRobot – Japan’s Robot Revolution
Japan is facing a population collapse that threatens its very existence. As with many of its problems, Japan is not looking for conventional solutions. It’s pressing forward in its own, uniquely Japanese way. The world’s third largest economy is looking to buttress its diminishing human population with a growing population of robots.
Japan’s robot revolution was explored during “CBSN: On Assignment” — a new primetime documentary series which premiered Monday, July 31, 2017, on the CBS Television Network and on CBSN, the network’s 24/7 streaming news service.
Japan is in crisis because humans aren’t having enough babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birthrates. Coupled with a strict immigration policy, the nation’s numbers are on the decline, and they’re about to reach freefall.
Enter Japan’s robots. In a laboratory in Japan,…