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Syria Civil War

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meant...

Saudi Arabia's Syria Strategy: Rewriting the Middle East's Political Map

James Dorsey | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has raised the ante in its battle with Iran by publicly committing to send ground troops to Syria. This latest move b...

World Powers Reach Agreement On Ceasefire In Syria

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.11.2016 | World

By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and t...

To Really Help Syria, We Should Start With a Bold New Humanitarian Vision Like This

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Humanity is everybody's business, and an education is everybody's right. So it shouldn't fall only to governments and international agencies to provide aid during a crisis. Inside the humanitarian tent we need charities, philanthropists, businesses and social enterprises all working together.

Save the Syrian Peace Talks, End the Starvation

William Lambers | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

Syrian civilians under siege from a civil war are trying to survive eating leaves and grass. They are pleading for the international community for help. But the war and hunger goes on.

The Future of South Sudan

Karen Sherman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Women
Karen Sherman

Across the globe, war and conflict disproportionately impact women, and South Sudan is not an exception. Rape, torture and other types of sexual and gender-based violence are daily occurrences.

Beyond the Syria Debacle

John Tirman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
John Tirman

We have been at war for half of my lifetime, nearly all of my daughter's lifetime. It is our state of being. Political elites speak only of more of it, as if proposing a hike in Social Security benefits. No one (credible) says, let's just get out of the Middle East.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifica...

Why Syrian Refugees May Find Less Solace With Us Than Our Favorite Hunger Games Heroes and Heroines

Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H

Why do we seem to care more about imaginary people than real ones? Part of the reason may be explained with behavioral science. The "identifiable victim effect" is one of the strongest predictors of how much aid people will offer to others.

To Fight the Inhumanity of Syria's Bitter Conflict, Let's Get Refugee Children in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- We can only ever achieve universal education for girls and boys at primary and secondary levels if we first bridge the gap in humanitarian aid for education in emergencies. Out of tragedy and chaos some good may come.

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Tony Badran

President Obama's position on the Saudi-Iranian row is a public announcement that his administration is dissolving its traditional alliance system, along with the regional order it had underwritten for decades, and embracing Iran instead.

Air Strike Reportedly Kills 57 In Rebel-Held Town As U.S. Envoy Visits Damascus

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.09.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - An air strike reportedly killed dozens of people in a rebel-held town in Syria on Saturday as a U.N. envoy visited Damascus...

Our Last Stronghold Is Now Also Attacked: It's a Genocide Mr. President

Nuri Kino | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Outside Restaurant Miami in Qamishly in Syria before it was bombed They carry them on their shoulders - coffin after coffin. The priest calls out th...

How Relations Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Reached A Breaking Point

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.05.2016 | World

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The Cost Of Turkey's Self-Interest

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

The Syrian Civil War, which began as an uprising to overthrow the Assad regime, has devolved into a proxy war, with Turkish-backed jihadist forces serving as the main anti-Syrian opposition. Could the Islamic State have become this powerful without Turkey's assistance?

Deadly Bomb Blasts Rock Syrian City

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 28 (Reuters) - At least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, monitoring grou...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.26.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On Christmas morning, millions of children woke up early to see what was under the Christmas tree (no doubt, merchandise from a certain movie set "a long time ago" was well-represented). But millions more woke up to a very different reality filled with fear, instability and misery in parts of the world where conflict, civil war, and massive refugee displacements rage. And that's to say nothing of the xenophobia, scapegoating and ugliness that have taken hold of our political culture here at home. No matter what tradition we come from, as we enjoy the last moments of the holiday season with our loved ones, let's remember those around the world for whom Peace on Earth isn't just a holiday greeting, but a dream that is tragically out of reach.

International Migrants Day -- Addressing the Growing Health Crisis

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

There are currently almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world. This is the most at any time since World War II -- a devastating reminder on International Migrants Day.

Watch: A Rare Glimpse Into Daily Life Amid Syria's Bloody War

Yasmin Nouh | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Yasmin Nouh

"[On] a normal day, we see massacres and a lot of airstrikes," one man said, speaking in Arabic. "What has become not normal ... is if you don't hear any attacks, if you don't hear bullets being fired, if you don't see any signs of war -- this is something we're not used to. We've become used to war."

Iran Calls the Shots in Syria Because It Cares More

Daniel Williams | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Daniel Williams

The West's public focus on the US-Russian competition in Syria misses one major factor: Iran is the country with the most significant interests and the most resources poured into Syria. Iran therefore holds the key to a settlement -- if there's going to be one.

Turkey and Russia: Erdogan's and Putin's Dangerous Gambit

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

rom Putin's standpoint any developments that potentially isolates Turkey diplomatically, creates turmoil in NATO or underscores the lack of American leadership is a win. In the meantime, the Obama Administration continues to insist that "ISIL is being contained". Is it any wonder than no one believes them?

"We Are Seen as Infidels and Traitors, for Hundred Years Now"

Nuri Kino | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

They look similar to everyone else in the audience at the auditorium at Paderborn University. Three, modernly dressed and clean-shaven men. Suddenly, they stand up and start screaming out their hatred against us.

Hillary's Plan to Combat ISIS Won't Work

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

In contrast, to most Republican candidates, who have given us general platitudes about "getting tougher on terrorism" or vague promises to use more ground troops in Iraq or Syria, Hillary Clinton has proposed a more concrete program for battling ISIS; unfortunately most of it is bad.

Rand Paul’s Hard Line On Refugees Rankles Libertarians

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) tough proposals aimed at limiting the admission of refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks are disappointing ...

Turkey Won't Turn Away Syrians After Terror Attacks

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- Turkey will continue its open-door policy to Syrians arriving at its borders, even in the wake of devastating terror attacks suspected ...