What is most diabolical about Putin's orchestrated defense of Assad wrapped in an anti-ISIS appeal is how much his brazen assessment is gaining traction in the least likely of places -- western Europe.
The importance of the popular protests lies precisely in exposing the dire state of affairs in Lebanon, namely as being corrupt to the bone, lacking legitimacy, and completely outside the control of the Lebanese citizen.
This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.
Because the cost of lost education is immense. Nowhere is the need more pressing than in the Middle East, where particularly the Syrian crisis, now in its fifth year, has pushed the capacity of basic social services such as education to a critical point. With currently over 700,000 Syrian refugee children out of school in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey, the huge cost in human capital of the lost years of schooling is frightening. We need new solutions now to fill the gap where traditional education does not yet reach.
Today is the first day back at school in Lebanon. Here, as all over the world, pupils are excited and a little nervous about meeting their new teachers and classmates. But there is a crucial difference in these schools -- today thousands of Syrian refugee children step back into the classroom.
Despite being hosted in one of the world's highest energy cities, the UN can feel pretty low-octane. Rooms with not enough air and speeches with too much of it. The bleary eyes of jet-lagged entourages and the perma tans and swagger of the Davosphere.
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This film is the story of Ayesha and Aya, both 12 and both want to be doctors when they grow up. They have lived through things that no one should eve...
Iman Al Ali was so good in school that the other children used to think she was cheating. But, she says proudly 'I never cheat.'
Abed is 10 years old, he is intensely shy with smooth combed hair and big brown eyes, he answers mostly in syllables, or as few words as possible. He's lost track of how long he's been in Lebanon, but his father says it is three years.
Sixty years ago this week, at the age of 5, my mother started her schooling in a small tent run by the United Nations Refugee Works Agency in Beirut, Lebanon. Even at a very early age, my mother relished the opportunity to go to school.
Ahmad is 14, with his huge grin and his striking green eyes is a bright and confident child who wants to be an engineer when he grows up, partly because he loves maths, and partly because he wants to help rebuild Syria. He left school when his family came to Lebanon a year ago.
Heba is quiet and reserved, yet fully composed. Like many Syrian children, her school story is one of constant breaks and interruptions.
Fatima, Amani and Mohammed's father Ahmad is a great believer in education. In Syria the family were well off, the children were in private schools, they even had private tutors.
When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.