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Jake Godin

Geopolitics Reporter

Jake digs into the depths of social media to keep tabs on Syria and across the Middle East. His videos provide a glimpse of life in conflict zones and explore the obstacles faced by refugees fleeing those conflict zones. With a wealth of knowledge on extremist groups and how they communicate, he also tries to understand (and explain) radicalization and terror in the digital age. Hailing from a town in central Illinois that you've likely never heard of, Jake joined Newsy in 2012. Since then, he's traveled to the Arctic circle on his motorcycle, covered Canada's mass resettlement of Syrian refugees and moved to Newsy's Washington, D.C. bureau. And he's tweeted — a lot. Be sure to follow him at @JakeGodin.

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Syrian Civil DefenseU.S.

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Newsy / Andrew LawlerU.S.

Is Saudi Arabia Shooting Down Missiles? Experts Are Skeptical

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Getty ImagesPolitics

US Congress Vote Overshadows Saudi Prince's White House Welcome

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Street Sign Diplomacy: How Countries Use Street Signs To Troll Rivals

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71 Deaths A Day: Numbers Tell Tale Of Horror In Syria's Eastern Ghouta

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Syrian Civil DefenseWorld

Syria's Eastern Ghouta: 'A Catastrophe In Every Sense Of The Word'

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Syrian Arab Red CrescentWorld

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Is The US Nation Building In Syria?

Newsy analyzed footage and slogans from dozens of Iranian protest videos to better understand why people were demonstrating.
Newsy / Andrew LawlerWorld

What We Can Learn From Listening To Iran's Protest Slogans

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Newsy / Andrew LawlerWorld

Geography Of Iran Protests Reveals An Unprecedented Uprising

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U.S. Air National Guard / Tech. Sgt. Joseph HarwoodWorld

A Base In Tiny Djibouti Shows China's Grand Global Ambitions

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Library On Wheels Brings Books To Kids In War-torn Syria

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Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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The Campaign To Ban Killer Robots Before They Become A Reality

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