Early into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II , the latest entry in the long-running first-person-shooter video game franchise, the player is whisked away from the character whose perspective they've occupied, a British operative working undercover in Amsterdam. Suddenly, you're playing instead as Rodolfo "Rudy" Parra, a member of the Mexican Special Forces. Parra, along with sandpaper-throated superior Alejandro Vargas, is working with the CIA to stop the smuggling of an Iranian terrorist over the U.S./Mexico border and into a fictional Texas town. Before long, Parra and Vargas have killed a dozen people, terrorized roughly the same number of civilians, and lost track of their target amid the roaring flames of a cartel safehouse set afire. This scene, set within a level called "Borderline," is a loaded one. As described in an article by Steven Santana , its imagery strikes horrific real-world parallels with the brutal treatment of Latin American migrants, playing into rhetoric that … [Read more...] about Does ‘Call of Duty’ have anything to say with its controversial Texas level?
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BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently did not know that the man killed was IS leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi and identified him as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi. The operation lasted two days and started on Oct. 14, the day after a bombing on a bus in a suburb of the capital Damascus. That attack killed 18 Syrian soldiers and wounded at least 27 others. Syrian state media at the time reported that authorities received information that IS members have hideouts in the northern neighborhoods of Jassem, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Damascus. In the operation, Syrian troops were joined with former rebels who had reconciled with the government in 2018 and were allowed to stay and keep their weapons in the southern province … [Read more...] about Syrian rebels did not know Iraqi militant killed was IS head
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 On a rural two-lane road 24 miles southwest of Austin, there's a blue and white pickup truck parked in front of a large silo that sits outside a 9,000-square-foot industrial building with brown metal siding and brick flourishes. This unassuming building is the home of Desert Door Distillery . On weekend afternoons, the distillery's expansive patio is overflowing with people sipping drinks, listening to live music and enjoying bites from a food truck parked on the property that deals in meals made with wild game. How did a remote Texas distillery located in the unincorporated community of Driftwood ( population: 106) become a hot hangout? It has plenty to do with the smoky spirit that's the speciality of Desert Door Distillery: sotol, which happens to be booming in popularity right now . What is sotol, anyway? Sotol is a distilled spirit made from the … [Read more...] about Desert Door Distillery: A Texas sotol powerhouse in a town of 106
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.