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Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

Making History: Telling My Story to the U.N. Security Council

Subhi Nahas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Subhi Nahas

Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.

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."

A Turkish Stadium Harbors a Stark Message for Multiculturalism

James Dorsey | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A condemned Turkish stadium harbours a dark warning of the long-term consequences of ethnic cleansing or what Turks euphemistically call the population exchange almost a century ago when Turkey and Greece expelled their respective Greek and Turkish minorities.

United in Laughter: Syria's Untold Story

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

The most influential works of art are those that connect people on a personal level. An artistic expression with powerful social or political symbolism can unite us by resonating with the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of our society.

What Has Become of Syria?

Daniel Raphael | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

We can only hope that the war ends quickly and peace returns to Syria. As I write that statement I know it is idealistic and facile, for it is likely to be years if not decades before peace returns in Syria.

Reckless Diplomacy Disguised as Caution Cost Lives in Srebrenica. And It's Happening Again, This Time in Syria

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The parallel example for Syria is not Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya -- it's Bosnia. Like the Syrian conflict today, Bosnia saw horrific atrocities, unprecedented numbers of refugees and an exorbitant death toll. Like Syria, the crisis in the Balkans was thought unsolvable and intractable. Bosnia's strongest allies worried that action to protect civilians could escalate the conflict regionally and even globally.

More Than 4 Million Refugees Have Now Fled Syria

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 4 million Syrians have fled abroad since the 2011 outbreak of civil war, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 y...

Re-Configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

James Dorsey | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.

ISIS Releases Video Claiming To Show Mass Execution In Ancient Palmyra

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.05.2015 | World

The Islamic State militant group released a video on Saturday claiming to show the mass execution of Syrian government soldiers in the historic amphit...

Syrian Conflict Causing Child Labor Crisis. Here's What's Being Done

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria has taken a toll on the lives of children who have remained there, as well as the estimated 2 million refugee...

Syrian Government's #SummerInSyria Campaign Backfires

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

When Syria’s state news agency SANA started a Twitter campaign asking people to share photographs with the hashtag #SummerInSyria, they were probabl...

A Study in Contrasts: Militaries in Political Transitions in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

James Dorsey | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.

Should a Nation Intervene? A Conversation I Had in Istanbul

Tanushree Ghosh | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Tanushree Ghosh

A rainy November eve in Istanbul - we run to seek refuge in an Indian restaurant - found after 15 min of walking with a stroller on not so stroller friendly pavements of the old city center. The server, humble and soft spoken has a smile that is immediately endearing yet somehow melancholic.

The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya.

Druze Mount Next Flashpoint in Syrian Conflict: Implications for Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
James Dorsey

As rebel forces advance towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in Idlib province, Israel has to decide whether it should intervene in the Syrian civil war by arming the Druze while Saudi Arabia is faced with the choice between realpolitik and its religious doctrine which views the Druze as heretics.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Gripping Photos Show Thousands Of Refugees Fleeing Syria This Week

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

Thousands of Syrians made their way into Turkey across an impromptu border crossing on Wednesday, part of a recent surge of refugees fleeing fighting ...

As A Yemeni Woman, I'm Tired Of Being Told 'No'

Maha Assabalani | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Maha Assabalani

As a typical Yemeni woman, my life revolved around the word "no." My story is no different than the millions of girls, not only in my country but in my region, who have to fight for every single inch. But the things that once seemed like the whole world to me suddenly seem small now.

Farah Nosh, Canada's War Photographer

Nate Clark | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Nate Clark

For award winning photojournalist Farah Nosh, there is a photograph that defines the madness of war, and it's one of her own.

Syrian Christian Fighter Reportedly Beheads ISIS Militant In Revenge Killing

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

A Syrian watchdog group reports that a Syrian Christian fighter beheaded a militant with the Islamic State group as revenge for individuals executed i...

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

View From Latin America: Pope Francis Winning Over People in the Streets and in the Pews

David Briggs | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars, religious leaders and journalists already see signs Pope Francis is making a difference.

Israel Launches Airstrike On Syria Border

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Isr...

Assad's Troops Bombard Key Syrian Town After It Falls To Rebels

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition-held areas in the country's northwest on Sunday, killing at least 34 in one strike on a ...