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

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.27.2015 | 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 ...

The Truth About Those Syrian Refugees Who Have 'Positive' Views Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.19.2015 | World

A year-old poll showing that a small minority of Syrian refugees have a positive view of the so-called Islamic State group has gained new life this w...

Jesus the Refugee

Jonathan Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

If there were anyone that wanted to fight violence with violence, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone who wanted swift justice by any means possible, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone that had a distrust of foreigners, it would be Jesus.

What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Brian Hanley

If you're not familiar with Game of Thrones here's the gist. There's a zombie apocalypse coming. The humans build a wall to keep the zombies out, but ...

If All Lives Matter, Do Refugee Lives Matter?

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Fear, when not crippling, is good because it can be utilized to keep someone from danger. However, ISIS and some politicians in the US are making the American people afraid of Syrian refugees.

John Kerry: Syria Ceasefire Could Happen Within Weeks

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) -- A ceasefire between Syria's government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on...

"Go on TV, Tell Them Not to Take the Boats, the Waves Are too High"

Nuri Kino | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I wake up, put the laptop on my knees, read my emails and Facebook messages and start responding. A Facebook friend has posted an Assyrian/Syriac song...

Syrians Risk Being Ignored at Their Own Peace Talks But Only They Can Bring Lasting Peace

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Peace talks that are dominated by American voices, Russian voices, Iranian voices, Saudi voices, may provide the opportunity for a de-escalation and perhaps some kind of ceasefire, but without greater involvement of Syrian society, the talks cannot bring lasting peace.

Why Bridging the Iran-Saudi Divide Is Vital for Peace in Syria and the Region

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Rather than trying to constrain Iran and isolate it in its own region, the leaders of Saudi Arabia should acknowledge that Iran is their neighbor and that they can and should live in peace with each other.

Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- In Syria, Putin is trying to force the issue of Russia's place in the world today, to burst free from the post-war situation in which Russia found itself trapped. It is a gamble, because the gesture itself -- if successful -- will shape the Middle East and global geopolitics much more widely.

After Years of War, Why Are So Many Fleeing Syria Now? For Many, Support Just Ran Out.

Elizabeth Dickinson | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Elizabeth Dickinson

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Some 10 million people of Syrian origin lived in the diaspora by the time the uprising began, and their remittances have helped many families stave off the worst suffering. The diaspora paid rents, sent grocery money, shipped in medical supplies and wired emergency funds. But after four years of extended families depleting their savings and as the needs back home keep mounting, the math has stopped working.

A Glimpse of Hope for Syria

George Batah | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
George Batah

For the past 4 years, Syria has been decimated by an ugly civil war -- hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced, the economy has collapsed, and society has been dismantled. During my time here in the Chicago, however, I have gotten just the glimpse of hope I've been longing for.

A Testimony to Failed Autocracies: Eritrean Soccer Team Defects

James Dorsey | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Eritrea's national team has for all practical purposes defected after 10 of its players this week refused to return home following a World Cup qualifier in Botswana.

Intervention in Syria: Russia Gambles Big Time

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
James Dorsey

At a news conference at the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may have been on thin ice when he defended Russian intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He pointed to the chaos that followed US targeting of other Arab autocrats like Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Why Turkey Aims for ‘Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.

Confused About Russia's Intentions in Syria? Putin Wants You to Be.

Ben Judah | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Ben Judah

Western diplomats are fond of legally and neatly putting things in boxes. Kremlin tactics are quite the opposite. Russian military thinking doesn't see a clean breakdown between what are weapons of war and what are civilian tools, or what are propaganda forums and what are channels for frank talks. The diplomats and talks are part of the offensive.

Syrian Government Forces Launch Wide-Ranging Offensive

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 10.08.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's chief-of-staff on Thursday declared a wide-ranging ground offensive by government forces, a day after R...

Marco Rubio Would Risk War With Russia In Order To Enforce Syria Safe Zone

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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Syrian Refugee Parents Need Baby Carriers To Safely Transport Kids. Here's How To Help

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.01.2015 | Good News

One mom has found a way to help Syrian refugee parents from thousands of miles away. Cristal Logothetis, a woman who lives in Glendale, California, to...

Middle Eastern Conflicts Spill Onto Spanish Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Inevitably, the mass exodus of refugees from conflict areas was going to provoke the spilling into Europe of multiple disputes in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Spanish soccer is the first to feel the weight of the baggage that has turned vast numbers into destitute refugees.