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Sunni Jihadism and the Persian Bomb

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Test of Iranian Shahab 3 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile The Associated Press recently revealed the existence of a secret agreement that would ...

The Second Anniversary of the Islamic State

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi In the pundit frenzy that followed the British referendum on leaving the European Union (EU), a significant...

Why Russia and Israel are Cooperating in Syria

Samuel Ramani | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On June 7, 2016, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to celebrate the 25th anniversary of...

Neocons and Liberal Interventionists -- Like Hillary -- Are Converging on Foreign Policy

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Why is a group of eminent American foreign policy hands espousing a retrograde approach to Mideast foreign policy that has been tried and failed over and over again?

Weekend Roundup: The 'Apology' That Matters Is to Never Again Use Nuclear Weapons

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)

Monitor Group: 60,000 Have Died In Syrian Government Jails During War

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 05.22.2016 | World

A monitoring group has said that at least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five-year conflict. Syrian government official...

Weekend Roundup: Pope Francis Gets It Right

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost's "Following Francis" columnist, Sebastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues. In the interview, he acknowledges the limits of Europe's ability to absorb refugees while focusing on the larger picture of why there are so many migrants. (continued)

Besieged Syrians Live Under Daily Danger Of Unexploded Cluster Bombs

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.29.2016 | World

Hundreds of unexploded cluster bombs dropped by Syrian government forces in and around Eastern Ghouta since 2012 pose a deadly threat to people in the...

Dozens Dead As Air Strikes Destroys Syrian Hospital

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo including children and do...

Syria Ramps Up Airstrikes In Rebel-Held Homs

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government air strikes hit rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs for a second day, forcing authorities to cancel Friday...

Syria Holds Parliamentary Elections In 'Flimsy Facade Of Democracy'

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.13.2016 | World

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of su...

American Freelance Photographer Freed In Syria

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.08.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia played a role in the release of an American citizen held bySyrian authorities and the United States has had "periodic co...

Refugees Have a Right to Asylum, Not Bias and Barbed Wire

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Ban Ki-moon

I, myself, was once a displaced person. As a child in war-torn Korea, I saw my village destroyed. Today, I am determined that the United Nations does everything in its power to help refugees everywhere to keep their dreams alive.

UN Chief Urges Countries To Resettle Syrian Refugees, But Pledges Are Few

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.30.2016 | World

GENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries on Wednesday to re-settle nearly half a million Syrian refugees in...

The Turmoil in the Mideast Underlines the Erosion of the Arab State System

Kanan Makiya | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Kanan Makiya

Political power across the Middle East has fragmented, like a sheet of glass that shattered into a thousand pieces. Bringing back the "state" is the most urgent task facing the region. As any Palestinian -- or, nowadays, any Iraqi or Syrian -- will tell you, there is absolutely nothing worse than not having a state.

The Battle for Mosul and the Future of Islamic State

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Islamic State Militants in Anbar Province On March 24, the Baghdad government announced that it was commencing military operations to retake the cit...

Syria Ceasefire Holding Better Than Expected, Obama Officials Say

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five days after a U.S.-Russian brokered cessation of hostilities went into effect, White House officials on Wednesday reported a definit...

These Beautiful Photos Show That It’s Possible To Find Hope In Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.26.2016 | World

When Ibrahim and Hauna John got married in April in a Cameroon refugee camp it was a very happy ending to a harrowing journey. They had planned to wed...

Thirteen Years Later, GOP Voters Reject Iraq War and Interventionism

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Politically, there is no reason, anymore, to support military interventionism. Now the question is whether the entirety of the Democratic party will realize it.

Sectarian War in Syria Introduced New Gender-Based Crimes

Hilmi M. Zawati | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Hilmi M. Zawati

--Victims may refrain from bringing legal actions against Syrian officials for fear of vindictive measures-- The following Op-Ed consists of excerpt...

Kremlin Denies Accusations Of Committing War Crimes In Syria

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.16.2016 | World

MOSCOW, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The Kremlin strongly rejected on Tuesday accusations by Turkey that Russia committed a war crime in Syria after missile att...

'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 meantime to...

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 to...

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.