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Russia's Holy War

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

The Russians are playing a dangerous game of shaping it into a holy war for Christians in the Middle East and between Christians and Muslims worldwide.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Same Goal, Different Approaches: Russia and America

Elena Ulansky | Posted 10.04.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

However well intentioned the West is in its goal of removing dictatorships and helping the humanitarian crisis in Syria, its refusal to send troops and aggressively engage militarily can only mean that Russia will continue to have an ally in Syria and will be at the forefront of the war against ISIS.

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Want to Hear Trump's Secret Plan to Defeat ISIL?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dorian de Wind

Back in May, when a run for the 2016 presidential nomination was still a twinkle in Donald Trump's eye, he already had a beautiful but secret plan to "bring ISIS to the table or, beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly."

It's the Wrong Time to Talk to Iran and Russia on Syria

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The fight against ISIS is not going well. In Iraq, the Obama Administration's declared main theater of the battle, an anti-ISIS military offensive has stalled amid allegations of politicized intelligence.

Watching Russia March into Syrian Quicksand

Philip Seib | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.

Putin on Syria

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

As an old Arab saying goes, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." But even though the U.S. and its allies, Russia, Iran, Iraq, the Kurds and Syria all have an urgent need to defeat ISIS, their competing interests make a solution difficult to achieve.

Thomas Friedman on Why We're Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Syria

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman. In July, the influential New York Times columnist and bestselling author sat down for an exclusive interview with President Obama.

The U.S. Has a Duty to the 'Tempest-Tost' Syrians

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In accordance with its legal and moral duty, the United States should step up to the plate and welcome significant numbers of refugees.

Will Putin Exchange Donbass for Syria?

Georgy Bovt | Posted 09.17.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- Will Syria become a second Afghanistan for Russia? Is it wise for Russia to intervene in that conflict? Rumors are circulating that Moscow is planning a face-saving maneuver whereby it gradually "hands over" the Donbass in fulfillment of the Minsk agreement while aiding the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria to get back on good terms with the West. The plan sounds good in theory, but it looks unfeasible in practice.

To Save Lives, Make Peace with Assad Now

Nicholas H. Wolfinger | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Nicholas H. Wolfinger

A year ago, Oxford University scholar Ahmad Samih Khalidi argued in the New York Times that the United States should end the Syrian civil war by coming to terms with President Bashar al-Assad. The time has come to make the deal.

When NGOs Call For Military Intervention in Syria: The Case of the International Crisis Group

Nicholas Noe | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Nicholas Noe

The International Crisis Group's overconfidence in the Syrian regime's suicide not only encouraged the disastrous rejection of diplomacy that has helped prolong the Syria war. It also abdicated the main role for which peace, promotion, and conflict mitigation NGOs exist in the first place.

CLAIM: Russia Offered To Have Assad Step Aside In 2012

The Guardian | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.15.2015 | World

Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a seni...

The Refugee Crisis is Obama's Failure

Saad Khan | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Saad Khan

Let's get this straight. Europe is not responsible for the mayhem in Syria and the resultant chaos. It's the Assad regime and his Iranian backers who are responsible for the crimes against humanity.

REPORT: Small Number Of Russian Troops Join Combat In Syria

Reuters | Benjamin Hart | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the pol...

The Typical Trump Press Conference

Andy Ostroy | Posted 09.08.2015 | Comedy
Andy Ostroy

Trump's interviews, press conferences and campaign speeches utterly lack substance, and instead are filled with empty promises built on bumper-sticker slogans and superlatives, unparalleled in their superficiality, grandiosity and bombast.

Acts of Loving Kindness & Profound Cruelty

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.

Aylan: A Watershed Moment for Syria?

Saad Khan | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Saad Khan

Europe has seen massive waves of refugees in the past. It is, however, for the first time that it is experiencing the fallout of the Syrian civil war.

In Bombing ISIS in Syria, Australia Could End Up Helping Assad

Rodger Shanahan | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Rodger Shanahan

According to the defense minister, Australia will somehow be able to bomb ISIS targets in eastern Syria without becoming involved in the broader Syrian conflict.

Syria's Douma Market Bloodshed: Saying 'We Told You So' Is No Comfort

Neil Sammonds | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Neil Sammonds

Sunday's airstrikes on a busy market near Damascus were devastating but not in the least surprising. Until we see movement in these areas, Amnesty International and others will continue to document such horrific war crimes -- and it gives no comfort at all to say, "We told you so."

The West Must Realize It Cannot Beat ISIS Without Also Beating Assad

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

ISIS cannot be beaten from the air while the iron lung pumping oxygen into it -- the Assad regime -- is left to do its worst. Legitimate governance -- not war -- is the ultimate cure for a Syrian illness rapidly becoming a regional and global contagion. Yet without an effective, surgical intervention of a kinetic variety, the patient has no hope of surviving.

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

Turkey And The Kurds Need An Antwerp Agreement

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

The American agreement with Turkey may bring U.S. drones and bombers a thousand miles closer to ISIS targets. But in the long run, it sets the Kurds back yet again in their dream of independence. As they say in the Arabian peninsula, one should not drink poison to quench a thirst.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.