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Syria Conflict

Why ISIS Is Winning

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The nations that need to work together are not working together. By not working together, they are undoing some of the advances that each other make, allowing ISIS to operate in the cracks and disagreements.

Wake Up America, Russia is Back!

David Paul | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Despite all the fury generated on the campaign trail by the ISIS attacks and the failures of American strategy to date, there is little that any of the candidates have suggested that differs much from what we have been doing so far.

Tips for Thanksgiving

Max Fox | Posted 11.24.2015 | Comedy
Max Fox

Thanksgiving can be difficult; you have to converse with family members regardless of whether or not you enjoy their company. Here are some tips and tricks to enjoying this time of year.

"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.

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.

Are All Massacres Important?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

On Friday morning, reports began to break out that an American airstrike had managed to kill Mohammed Emwazi, known, though he shouldn't be, as Jihadi John.

More Syrian Refugees: Good for National Security

The Conversation US | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
The Conversation US

The logic of this is clear; refugees are fleeing Bashar al-Assad, the Islamic State or both. Having experienced the extreme disruption of Syria's brutal civil war caused by the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on domestic uprisings and the subsequent exploitation of this disruption by ISIS, they are unlikely to entertain illusions about the merits of violence.

Get Your Act Together, Europe

Saad Khan | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Saad Khan

President Francois Hollande is already cognizant of the environment that led to the attacks. It's his European counterparts who prefer to stay indifferent. The terror attacks manifest the failure of the European community in tackling the root cause of the problem: Syria.

What the US Owes Syria

Aslı U. Bâli | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Aslı U. Bâli

The tragedy in Syria is not some distant affair. It is partly the product of the disastrous Iraq war compounded by foreseeable errors made by this administration. It is therefore up to the leadership in Washington to fulfill its responsibility.

"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...

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

Syria's Assad Is Expendable But Regime's Survival Is Not

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Getting all the key players in the same room for the first time, particularly Saudi Arabia and its arch-enemy Iran, constituted a considerable diplomatic shift in dynamics. However, getting all on the same page remains a colossal, but not insurmountable, challenge.

A Call for US Leadership and Action for Education for Refugees

Ed Gragert | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

Several weeks ago, while I was in New York participating in events around the adoption of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, I was approached by a young Syrian who is studying at a university near New York City.

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.

Playing Patience While Syria Burns

Niall Ferguson | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Niall Ferguson

Obama, with his lawyer's training, is risk averse, so he naturally prefers the line of least resistance. As the anti-Bush, his approach to strategy boils down to "Don't do stupid s***." But that, like "strategic patience," is just another way of saying, "Always kick the can down the road."

Obama, You Had Your Chance to Become a Hero -- You Gave It Away to Putin

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

For over ten years, we've been asking - begging - world leaders for a hero. Over a hundred Iraqi churches have been demolished. At least another hundred in Syria.

With Putin Bombing Rebels, Should Obama Bomb Assad?

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, is making trouble. Big trouble. The United States has been leading a military coalition of some 60 countries in conducting bombing missions inside of Syria against terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Praise for Putin Is Misplaced, and Dangerous

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

It seems fashionable in some circles to praise Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, for being some sort of a hero for world peace and justice.

The U.S. and Russia, Syria and Ukraine: Neo-Cons vs. Liberal Interventionists

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

United States policy in Syria insists that President Bashar al-Assad must go. But if the U.S. succeeds and the Assad government is scattered to the wind it raises the question: Who will defend the ethnic and religious minorities in Syria from the Islamic State, the al-Nusra Front, and all the other heavily armed homicidal maniacs that already control nearly half the country?

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.

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.

Should I Have Given Her My Socks Too?

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I'm lying sleepless and thinking about all the thousands of people that I've met and interviewed through the years. Now I have a new face. The young woman who is wearing my shoes. Where is she now? Should I have given her my socks?

A Perspective on the Refugee Crisis (and a Solution)

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

It is time for the UN to move into the breach and bring order out of the chaos and help these desperate people find their way to safety and the hope of a new life before it is too late.