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Syria Crisis

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.

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.

The World Is More Dangerous Now for Young People Than Ever. But They Are Fighting Back.

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

Young people these days are fired up, with good reason. They are passionate, and they can and will bring change in a world that, we can only hope, they may understand even better than we do.

The Syrian Catastrophe And The World's Deafening Silence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The most catastrophic of all is when a whole generation of young Syrians is lost as it bears long-term disastrous consequences from which the Syrian people will suffer for decades to come.

Finding a Way Forward for Syria

James Zogby | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Recent bilateral discussions involving Americans, Russians, Saudis, and others that there may be a renewed push for negotiations to end the conflict in Syria. It should have been clear from the beginning that a negotiated solution is the only way to end this long war.

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

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.

Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone Is Not a Good Idea

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war--as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure--it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.

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.

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.

Israel Family Travel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights

David Code | Posted 07.06.2015 | Travel
David Code

"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.

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...

Stand up for the Children of Syria

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

When I think about Syria, I'm overcome with emotion remembering the countless stories of children affected by the country's ongoing conflict. It is truly a tragedy.

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.

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.

Devastating Cluelessness

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

Five years ago, while working for the Swedish Public Radio, I read close to hundred asylum cases. I had received the authority to read Christian Iraqi's documents. They had all been rejected on their asylum applications. Many of the decisions were incomprehensible.

Farming for Peace in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Summer is when we get to enjoy fresh and yummy fruits and vegetables. Just by taking a walk down the street you may see a farmer with their food stand all set up and ready for business.

Hope for Syrians Comes With a Little Card

William Lambers | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Many Syrian war refugees are getting help in the form of a card that looks very much like the debit one you may have. It's called an electronic card, or e-card. The UN World Food Programme, the largest hunger relief organization, distributes these to needy families.

Tears Tell Story of Syria's War Victims

William Lambers | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

What will end the hunger and suffering in Syria is a peace treaty. That miracle appears far off today. But, until we can find this elusive peace, we cannot forget the plight of the Syrian people.

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.

Rebooting Al Jazeera America

Monroe Price | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media
Monroe Price

The founding head of Al Jazeera America has been unceremoniously demoted, and a trusted face from the older Al Jazeera English put in his stead. Yet this is not the main issue. As it happens, we all have a stake in a stronger, better, trusted Al Jazeera service.

We Should Heed Warning on Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Low funding from the international community has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce food aid. WFP needs support to feed 4 million Syrians in the war-torn nation, and over 2 million others who have fled to neighboring countries.

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

James Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism.

UN Calls For Safe Passage From Yarmouk Refugee Camp Under ISIS Attack

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

By Firas Makdesi DAMASCUS, April 12 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency responsible for Palestinian refugees called from Damascus...