Charles Faddis

Senior Intelligence Editor, Former CIA operative, Host of USCS

Charles S. Faddis, President of Orion Strategic Services, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with twenty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He has worked against the most dangerous terrorist organizations on the planet and has extensive firsthand experience with their methodology and tactics. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams. Since retirement, he has written extensively and provided training to a wide variety of government and private entities.

As of September 15, 2017, Charles's 165 articles like "No Peace With Assad" have totaled 19.5M views and shares.

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APR 13 2017
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No Peace With Assad

Until the dictator leaves Syria, bloodshed will continue.
"Most importantly, we must engage the Russians, who can be very constructive partners"

AUG 08 2016
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We Can not Keep Failing

Fifteen years later we are paying the price.
"In nine years none of the deficiencies identified in the 2007 operation had been rectified."

JUL 27 2016
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Al Qaeda In Iran: Again!

The U.S. Treasury fingers Al Qaeda operating in Iran, again!
"...their capabilities pale in comparison to what remains the world's greatest sponsor of terrorism"

JUL 18 2016
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Война продолжается

Это только начало

JUL 15 2016
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This War is not Over

It is just beginning.
"Whatever happens in Iraq, the Administration still has no coherent strategy in Syria."

JUL 04 2016
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Deadly Moderate Iran

Moderate Iran is killing Americans
"No matter how the White House spins it, Iran remains the world’s terror master."

JUN 23 2016
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Fallujah Has Fallen

Terror and rage are spreading
"If this pattern continues as Iraqi forces move deeper into Anbar the result may well be catastrophic"

JUN 10 2016
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the 9/11 Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories won’t keep us safe. Vigilance will.
"If the fault for 9/11 lies with our leaders, then it lies with us -- since we elect them."

MAY 19 2016
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Trump Breaking Windows

Andrew Jackson A Lightning Rod For Trump Revolution...
"What matters is that the people behind him have reached the point where they want to break windows"

APR 21 2016
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ИГИЛ и ядерное ОМП

Атомные электростанции - цель террористов?

APR 01 2016
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Isis and the Nuclear Wmd

Terrorists Targeting Nuclear Power Plants
"We are standing at the precipice of a leap to the next phase of terrorist use of WMD's"

NOV 17 2015
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Inconvenient Truths

What the Paris attacks mean
"The truth is once again inconvenient... We are not winning."

SEP 27 2015
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I'Ve Got a Bridge to...

The gullibility of President Obama
"We have returned again and again to the preposterous notion that he can be trusted..."

SEP 11 2015
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Steny Hoyer Does not Lead

The so-called political outsiders
"The reason for the so-called political outsiders popularity is not hard to understand."

SEP 11 2015
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Shame On Us

What the Syrian chemical weapon debacle says about Iran deal
"Fool me once. Shame on you. Fool me twice. Shame on me."

SEP 11 2015
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Токсичное облако

Угроза террористической химической атаки

SEP 06 2015
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Тишина...

Никто не говорит в Балтиморе

SEP 04 2015
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Что нам известно...

Уроки, которые преподает ИГИЛ

AUG 19 2015
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Верхушка айсберга

Начало и конец разоблачений электронной переписки Х.Клинтон

AUG 18 2015
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Toxic Cloud

The threat of terrorist chemical attack
"ISIS and other recruit individuals via social media and, in effect, to activate them in place."

AUG 09 2015
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Tip of the Iceberg

The beginning and the end of the Hillary Clinton email revelations
"Did she work late? Did she leave early? Who was she meeting with? When? How often was she..."

JUN 22 2015
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Silence

No ones talking in Baltimore.
"Baltimore set a record for the most murders in one month in city history."

MAY 15 2015
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A Change Will Do Us Good

Winning the war on poverty
"This Administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America."

APR 23 2015
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Rand Paul's Challenge

Balancing liberty and security
"I saw the same cycle repeat itself in Northern Iraq as leader of a CIA base in the mountains..."

APR 21 2015
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Real March Madness

Looking back: What if NCAA had a common core?
"That would be real March Madness"

APR 21 2015
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Our Foreign Policy Adrift

And the rocky shore is getting closer
"A proxy war against Iran in Yemen, simultaneously siding with Iran and its surrogates in Iraq..."

MAR 16 2015
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the Political Class

What happened to our democracy
"Imagine a Congress, faced with sorting out a highly dysfunctional and ruinously expensive healthcare"

FEB 13 2015
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Let's start with Strategy

ISIS and Obama: The predictable has happened.
"Like everything in US political discourse... all room for nuance or original thought is removed."

FEB 13 2015
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My name is Mr. Faddis

The ideology of gender neutrality
"It is funny, i.e. strange, how ideologies and philosophies as they evolve and become more extreme..."

JAN 27 2015
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Iran on the March

Which will be the next capital to fall?
"Syria, always an ally of Tehran, is increasingly a puppet."

JAN 18 2015
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DC Metro Nightmare

Video: Failing the terrorism test
"The most disturbing part for me, however, is how much worse it could have been."

JAN 18 2015
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Faddis, ISIS, and Rotary

USCS Charles Faddis takes questions from the PA Rotary Club
"The United Nations has held ISIL responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes"

JAN 13 2015
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Heed the Warning

It is an old lesson: The necessity to remain vigilant
"We have attacked, fired upon and dropped depth charges upon submarine..."

JAN 04 2015
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Government Waste at the DHS

If you see something, say something.
"DHS does not need reformed. In its present form, it needs to be disbanded."

DEC 09 2014
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Obama's Iraq Insanity

When all you have is a hammer
"Our current actions in Iraq and in Syria are devoid of any relationship to the reality..."

NOV 08 2014
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Steaming Toward Disaster

A very bad nuclear deal with Iran
"The scope of the disaster this portends would be difficult to exaggerate."

OCT 21 2014
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Baghdad Will Fall

Without US intervention
"The Obama administration has demonstrated not simply a mind-boggling level of incompetence..."

OCT 19 2014
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Preparing for the Deluge

When did Noah build the Ark?
"Bio terrorism is not a fantasy or the stuff of science fiction films."

SEP 07 2014
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It Has Not Forgotten Us

Ebola gathering steam
"We may have forgotten about Ebola. It has not forgotten about us."

AUG 24 2014
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Why Aafia Siddiqui?

ISIS and WMD, must see video
"She was in possession of a thumb drive, numerous written documents and two pounds of cyanide."

AUG 21 2014
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ISIS: Witch's Brew

Foreign Fighters and Manpads
"A top CIA operative looks at Isis and more."

JUL 06 2014
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Africa's Nightmare

Ebola Breaks Out
"On Air Morocco you can leave Conakry and be in JFK in New York in just over twelve hours."

JUN 28 2014
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One: End Defacto Amnesty

The dirty little secret about securing the border...
"There is no end to the line of people making their way north."

JUN 23 2014
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Wrong Tool for the Job

How not to win the war on terror.
"Ansar Al Sharia, Ahmed Abu Khattalah and his recent capture."

JUN 15 2014
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Things We Know

Lessons ISIS teaches
"A sucking vortex is forming in the very heart of an already unstable and critical region"

JUN 09 2014
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Leonides Weeps

The Persians are coming again.
"Start by providing meaningful assistance to the rebels that would allow them to turn the tide of war"

MAY 12 2014
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How Does This Story End?

Drifting toward disaster in ukraine
"Once again, we find ourselves stumbling toward the brink of war with russia."

APR 22 2014
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Unconventional Response

Fighting back in an increasingly chaotic world
"Unconventional warfare is the ultimate in asymmetric warfare."

APR 15 2014
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Future. Fiction?

The danger of a nuclear Iran
"Together the two weapons effectively kill the city of Tel Aviv."

MAR 17 2014
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Ghost Plane in Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
"Terrorism, suicide, pilot error, equipment malfunction, or something else?"

MAR 04 2014
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CIA Officer on Ukraine

It's really all just Putin's World
"What you really need to know."

FEB 04 2014
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Faddis on Benghazi

Report sheds light on post-attack narrative
"Special report with Bret Baier"

FEB 04 2014
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Sylvia Longmire

Money, fences, and drones aren't making us safer
"Is a secure border a realistic goal for the United States?"

JAN 30 2014
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Olexiy Haran

Ukrainian dissident
"n/a"

JAN 28 2014
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Jeffrey Siger

English Crime Writer Who Lives On Mykonos
"International best-selling author"

JAN 26 2014
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Christodoulos Xiros

Convicted Greek terrorist taking us back to bloody war
"Christodoulos Xiros, a convicted member of Greece’s 17 November"

DEC 27 2013
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Andriy Kruglashov

Ukrainian dissident
"Protests after President Yanukovych suspended preparations for signing an EU association agreement."

DEC 26 2013
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Nuclear Power Danger

India's Atomic Engineer Pradeep Indulkar speaks out
"A qualified englineer and worked in an Atomic Research Center for 12 years, turned activist..."

DEC 26 2013
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Not in a Trusting Mood

Stop collecting metadata.
"In other words… we are going to contract out the job of infringing on your privacy."

DEC 05 2013
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The Difference

Mandela and Mugabe and the impact a life can make.
"It will fall to everyone of us to make the difference now."

DEC 01 2013
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RUNNING ON EMPTY

What happens when the world runs out of water?
"One quarter of the entire land mass of China is now desert."

NOV 25 2013
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The Uninvited Guest

The second in a series on the terror threat to the Olympics.
"As Umarov's importance and fame grew, Russian efforts to neutralize him increased."

NOV 08 2013
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Resolve

The Obama administration sees what it wants to see
"The Obama administration does not make foreign policy decisions based on reality..."

OCT 27 2013
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There Better Be a Plan B

Preparing for the worst in Socchi
"Umarov has made no secret of his intention to target the games."

OCT 18 2013
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Khalid: FSA Commander

The face of the Free Syrian Army
"He is currently focused on obtaining logistical support from abroad for the FSA"

OCT 04 2013
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Fukushima on the Hudson

It could happen here
"What's the big deal about a loss of electrical power? Everything."

SEP 17 2013
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The Morass

Mission Impossible in Syria
"The Syrian regime is many things. It is brutal, cold and calculating. It is not composed of idiots."

AUG 28 2013
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Everybody Has a Plan

Until they get hit.
"Everybody has a plan until they get hit. We will be hit. And the getting up will be up to us."

AUG 19 2013
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Hot Under Our Feet

The fire of Islamic extremism
"Sixty percent of Pakistanis live below the poverty line, which is defined as $2 a day."

AUG 10 2013
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Literature

Caffa

EXCLUSIVE: The first chapter from Charles S. Faddis
"Bring me the American. It is time."

AUG 05 2013
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Bad News, Good News

What if Wisconsin ran the the Intel Community?
"Anonymous "sources" began to feed the Wisconsin DNR intelligence regarding the fawn."

JUL 25 2013
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Imagine

A future for the Republican Party?
"Imagine a party that was welcoming and inclusive."

JUL 12 2013
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Alim Seytoff

Uyghur American Association
"Promoting the preservation and flourishing of a rich, humanistic and diverse Uyghur culture."

JUL 09 2013
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My Brother

The envelope
"When everyone else was hedging their bets and figuring we'd fail, he was all in."

JUN 27 2013
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Murder in Egypt

The killing of Shaykh Hassan Shehata
"They believe their interpretation of Islam is correct and all other Muslims are infidels."

JUN 24 2013
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Seeds of Our Destruction

The explosion in bio labs cultivating dangerous pathogens.
"There are at least 12 different federal agencies with jurisdiction in this area."

JUN 24 2013
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Dr. Kerry M. Kriger

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director and Ecologist
"Working to make our planet a better place for all; amphibians and mankind alike."

JUN 15 2013
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Elena Panaritis

Is France going bankrupt?
"They seem to have their head in the sand, thinking everything's going to be fine in a year..."

JUN 14 2013
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Where Are the Spies?

Why haven't we fixed human intelligence?
"Killing a target is not the same as recruiting a source within the targeted network."

JUN 13 2013
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Failing Marks

Get the administrators out of the schools
"Common sense has been replaced by procedures, regulations and paperwork."

JUN 03 2013
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Show Them the Gun

There Need to Be Consequences for Chinese Cyber Attacks
"We may not simply feel a negative impact in future conflicts; we may lose."

JUN 01 2013
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The Moralizer in Chief

We need leadership not sermons.
"You can do your job. You can run the government."

MAY 25 2013
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Skip Travis: Part 2

Security Failures at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
"Skip Travis is a former security lieutenant at the facility upriver from New York City."

MAY 15 2013
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Free Syrian Army

Abu Shahab: We don't need food, we need ammo.
"We want to sit together and live together with Christian or Alawi or Muslim."

MAY 13 2013
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How Hard Are We Looking?

Why No Response to the Benghazi Attacks?
"We were attacked. We know who did it. It's time to stop pretending otherwise and to respond."

MAY 12 2013
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Skip Travis: Part 1

Security Failures at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
"Skip Travis is a former security lieutenant at the facility upriver from New York City."

MAY 02 2013
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Ian Wilkie

American risk and security expert
"Al Qaeda's Endgame"

APR 25 2013
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My Friend

Databases Don't Catch Terrorists
"We need a culture in our intelligence community that fosters aggressive, relentless pursuit of leads"

APR 22 2013
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Two Years We Did Not Have

The missed opportunity to prevent the massacre
"The Russians are not fools. They do not imagine the danger posed by Chechen radicals."

APR 13 2013
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Khalid Saleh

Media Director Syrian Coalition
"Working to overthrow the regime using all legal means."

APR 11 2013
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The Bandana

Senior Military Officer Misconduct
"General Sinclair is charged with forcing a female Army captain to perform oral sex on him."

MAR 27 2013
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A Bag of Hammers

NASA and the Failure to Safeguard Critical Technology
"Jiang was one of 192 Chinese citizens employed in some capacity by NASA throughout the nation."

MAR 22 2013
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Elena Panaritis: Cyprus

Cypriot Banking Crisis
"Institutional economist, property rights expert, and social entrepreneur"

MAR 21 2013
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The cost of indecision

Dithering While the World Crumbles Around US
"This is an Administration of half-measures. Every decision made is tentative, indecisive, hesitant."

MAR 04 2013
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A Spy's Terrorist Primer

Charles Faddis answering your terrorism overview questions
"A current look at the status of things, from the inside out."

MAR 02 2013
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ENOUGH

Time to Respond in a Way the Chinese Understand
"In the realm of cyber warfare, we are under siege."

FEB 20 2013
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She deserves better

What Really Killed Hadiya Pendleton
"Last year alone 243 young people in Chicago were murdered."

FEB 04 2013
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A spy's perspective

Former CIA officer answers your current-day questions
"Charles Faddis on the global state of affairs."

JAN 29 2013
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Jennifer Quigley

On crimes against humanity and impunity in Burma
"Bringing justice and an end to crimes against humanity and impunity in Burma."

JAN 28 2013
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Kavita Krishnan

All India Progressive Women's Association
"Fighting the recent rape and murder events in India."

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