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Luke Vargas


Luke Vargas is the Talk Media News U.N. bureau chief and reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development. Luke has spearheaded international coverage from more than 30 countries, relaying news to American audiences from Zika labs in Brazil, sprawling refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, military strategy rooms in Vietnam and the front lines of the Ukrainian revolution.

A student of Eastern European and Russian history, Luke has traveled extensively across the former Soviet Union and frequently reports on Russian politics. Luke was among the first reporters to identify the political importance of the Crimean Peninsula during the 2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and he reported from the port city of Sevastopol weeks before it became the focus of global attention.

Luke got his start in journalism in high school, covering the 2008 presidential election in New Hampshire. His blogging coverage attracted the attention of local and national media outlets, and he began to make regular radio and television appearances from hundreds of campaign events. His political photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Luke continues to cover American elections and America's global place in the world.

Luke is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world.

Born in Boston, he currently lives in New Jersey and enjoys mountain biking, gardening and designing board games.

The Mexican Archdiocese slammed recent executive orders and subsequent deportations for sowing 'terror' among migrants and separating families.

Luis Videgaray touted the benefits of Mexico cooperating with the US but said he would never back the 'unfriendly gesture' of a border wall.

Asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Canada border in recent days could become the human face for a new review of U.S. refugee law.

A Kenyan court blocks government plans to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Japan announces dismal asylum data and a Dutch abortion funds gathers support.

Judges pressed a government attorney for evidence linking citizens of seven countries targeted by a travel to domestic terror incidents. There wasn't any.

The controversial law, passed in a heated session in the Knesset, will face scrutiny in the Israeli court system and has already drawn international rebuke.

Refugee arrivals from Turkey dropped by 98% in 2016. Libya is the new front line for EU leaders wishing to stem the flow of refugees heading to Europe.

National Security Advisor Mike Flynn delivers a press statement on Iran's January 29th ballistic missile test. February 1, 2017. Courtesy: C-SPAN
Without buy-in from Russia and China, the U.S. is limited to levying new unilateral sanctions against Iran in response to a recent ballistic missile test.

"As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," National Security Advisor Mike Flynn said of Iran's January 29th ballistic missile test.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press on February 1, 2017. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN
"This is not the way to best protect the U.S. or any other country," Antonio Guterres said of Trump's executive orders on refugees and immigrant visas.