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Lessons from the Syrian Opposition's Aleppo Offensive

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Only one month ago, Syria’s largest city of Aleppo seemed on the cusp of humanitarian catastrophe. Some 350,000 civilians in eastern Aleppo had been...

Weekend Roundup: What the Burkini Ban Reveals

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Nice and elsewhere in the country, several towns along the sunny beaches in the south of France where a scantily clad Brigitte Bardot once frolicked have banned the burkini. This ban on covering up reveals not only a cleavage between conservative Islamic norms and the liberal West, but between the concepts of secularism within the West itself as well. (continued)

This World Humanitarian Day, the World Must Get Serious About Protecting Aid Workers

Neal Keny-Guyer | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Neal Keny-Guyer

We cannot afford to have another Omran Daqneesh or to have more aid workers held at gunpoint. Innocent civilians and the people striving to protect them deserve more.

Syrian Rebels Cautiously Welcome Proposal Of Weekly Ceasefire In Aleppo

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.19.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - The main umbrella group for the Syrian opposition on Friday cautiously welcomed a proposal for a weekly pause in fighting in...

CNN Anchor Moved To Tears During Report On Bloodied Syrian Boy

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.22.2016 | Media

TV anchors reporting on the tragedies of war do so with professionalism, however devastating the news may be. But sometimes a story is so moving that ...

UN Welcomes Russian Words On Aleppo Truce: Trucks 'Ready To Move'

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.18.2016 | World

GENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it would support a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo, a move the U.N. Syria envoy said would allow aid to...

‘The Boy In The Ambulance’ Shows The Chilling Reality Of Syria’s Bloody War

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.22.2016 | World

He’s being referred to as “The Boy in the Ambulance.” Images of a Syrian boy covered in ash and blood are shedding new light on the country’s ...

Trapped In Aleppo, I Fear For The Safety Of My Unborn Child

Hadeel Karbouthy | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Hadeel Karbouthy

I have been working with the aid project SOS Children's Villages for the past 12 years -- since I was 18 years-old. I have been working hard to safeguard children's rights, and I want to guarantee these rights for my baby too.

Not Angels but Shining Examples

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Patricia M. Davidson

There are outbreaks like Ebola, there are deadly storms, there are explosions, there are mass shootings. Even "everyday" nursing can be overwhelming at times. What separates the very top nurses is what they do from there.

Doctors of Aleppo Abandoned, Again

Widney Brown | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Widney Brown

In their letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Aleppo's remaining doctors pleaded not for tears but for a plan to end the Syrian government's all-out assault on hospitals and medical workers. And the response from the White House was the same as it's been for months: we're working on it.

Turkey-Russia: The Sultan and the Tsar Need for Each Other

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Battle of Aleppo has changed the parameters of bargaining between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdogan, forcing the tsar and the sul...

Suspected Gas Attack On Aleppo Kills Several

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 08.11.2016 | World

ALEPPO (Reuters) - At least four people died and many suffered breathing difficulties when a gas, believed to be chlorine, was dropped alongside barre...

Devastating Fighting Has Left Aleppo’s Hospitals In Critical Condition

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.09.2016 | World

Amid the blame game of warring parties in Aleppo, the healthcare system in Syria’s largest city is dying a slow and excruciating death. Al-Razi Hosp...

Putin, Obama And The Battle For Aleppo

The Conversation US | Posted 08.09.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Obama's vacillating Syria policy has spurred ongoing debate, especially with regard to fighting IS. The counterterrorism turn, starting with the anti-IS "Inherent Resolve" campaign in September 2014, is one way to explain the dissonance in U.S. policy.

Aleppo and What Is A Victory In A Non-State State?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

What does it mean to rule Syria these days? What is Syria? How can one possibly measure victory in this protracted civil war, whose end is not really in sight.

Erdogan-Putin: Ready to Settle Scores with the US and Europe

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

When the tsar Vladimir Putin meets with the sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week in Moscow in the latter's first foreign visit following the failed c...

Syrian Rebels Claim To Break Assad's Siege Of Aleppo

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.07.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major governm...

Fighting Rages In Aleppo As Syrian Rebels Claim To Break Siege

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major government mil...

Wake Up, America

Laila Soudi | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Laila Soudi

The single worst humanitarian crisis of our time is exacerbating every day, and our silence means we are complicit in the atrocities.

Aleppo Residents Burn Tires To Obstruct Warplanes During Siege

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.02.2016 | World

As warplanes continue to pummel their city, residents of Aleppo, Syria, are burning tires to hinder the attacks with a screen of thick black smoke. Se...

Putin, Assad Do a Chechnya Number on Aleppo

Daniel Williams | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

Vladimir Putin's Defense Minister has announced that Syrian forces loyal President Bashar al-Assad will let civilians leave through three corridors, a...

Syrian Army Says It Has Cut Off All Supply Routes Into Rebel-Held Aleppo

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.27.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had cut off all supply routes into the eastern, rebel-held part of Aleppo a day after it invit...

Assad Seizes Only Road Into Rebel-Held Aleppo As Siege Tightens

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.17.2016 | World

BEIRUT/AMMAN, July 17 (Reuters) - Syria’s army and allied militia fighters seized the only road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo on Sunday, tighte...

Syria Broke My Grandfather's Heart

Basma Atassi | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Basma Atassi

He has aged significantly over the past three years; his wrinkles have deepened and his silver hair is finer. He has grown sad and lost -- like the sadness and loss of Syria itself.

A Makeshift School In Aleppo Offers Safer Education Amid Bombings

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.28.2016 | World

Over the past two years, bombs and shelling have made it too dangerous for students to attend official schools in Aleppo city, so a group of volunteer...