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Syria Conflict

Geneva: Throwing the Hail Mary Pass

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

For the second time in 30 months the United States is attempting, in its Syria diplomacy, a "Hail Mary pass" -- a last-second attempt from a very unfavorable field position to snatch victory from near-certain defeat.

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.

The Rise of Negotiation Among Enemies in Syria

Sultan Barakat | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
Sultan Barakat

Despite the harsh rhetoric regarding violent military solutions to the war in Syria, a space to negotiate with the enemy always exists.

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 the...

Resolution 2254: Speaking Out or Doing?

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

When John Kerry's 2013 headlong pursuit of Russia finally succeeded in catching the prey, his reward was a diplomatic fiasco in Geneva. Anyone who cares about Syria prays for something different this time. Yet one need not wait for the New Year to discern the truth.

Santa Claus Exists and Delivers Little Smiles

Nuri Kino | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Nuri Kino

A Demand For Action's Christmas campaign has finally taken off, and it warms my heart. We're handing out Christmas presents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We want children to smile; children who've been forced to flee with their parents because of their religion and ethnicity. Children who have witnessed the most evil of acts.

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.

Turkish-Russian tension set to spill onto European pitches

James Dorsey | Posted 12.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The escalating Turkish-Russian crisis following Turkey's downing in November of a Russian war plane promises to spill onto European soccer pitches with FC Lokomotiv Moscow set to play Fenerbahce SK, notorious for its fiery fan base, in a Europa League match.

The Syrian Dilemma

Carlo Jose Vicente Caro | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

Source: Reuters It's been almost two weeks since the downing of the Russian fighter jet at the Turkish-Syrian border. Many hawks who have been aga...

The "G" Word Matters

Nuri Kino | Posted 12.09.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Two weeks ago, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff leaked information that the Obama administration is concerned with recognizing the horrifying ...

What Would Robert Gates Say to a U.S. Ground War in Syria?

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.09.2016 | World
Robert Naiman

Look how the political discourse of the country has shifted following recent terrorist attacks and the one-upmanship xenophobia of the Republican presidential primary. Who is confident that whoever wins the Republican primary would not try to lead the country into a ground war in Syria?

To Solve the Syria Crisis, We Need to Overcome These Three Obstacles

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 12.07.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

What the major Western powers need to keep in mind is that their efforts in the past few decades to transform certain countries through military and political intervention have failed. In Syria, this approach has led to a "secular" political order coming to the edge of being overthrown in favor of a Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic state taking control of the country. Until this approach is abandoned in favor of pragmatism, the war on terror will not end and terrorist attacks in the West and elsewhere will continue.

Because of War, I Had to Amputate This 6-Year-Old Syrian Girl

Planet Syria | Posted 12.04.2016 | World
Planet Syria

I remember asking the guy documenting casualties about the number of wounded and finding out it had reached 46, all women and children. I was stunned. For the first time ever, there was not a single man among those injured during an air strike.

Start Peace in Syria With Ceasefire and Food

William Lambers | Posted 11.27.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

There is nothing to be gained from continued fighting in Syria. There won't be anything left in the country. For right now Syrians cannot even do the basics like growing food.

Why ISIS Is Winning

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.25.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.24.2016 | 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 11.21.2016 | 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 11.18.2016 | 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 11.17.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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...