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Syria Crisis

How the Refugee Crisis Is Forcing Germany to Define Its Values

Derek Scally | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Derek Scally

BERLIN -- Only a month since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country to a historic influx of refugees, Germans have begun to worry about the limits of their country's capacities. And talk of integration brings up an even larger question: how does a country afraid of national identity present itself to newcomers?

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.

How a Dirty Underpass in a Hungary Railway Station Became a Little Isle of Humanity

Krisztina Danka, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.

When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, Hungary, all I could see in my mind are images of babies and little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest's railway stations, or a damp field near the border waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.

America, the Answer to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Lies in Your History With Vietnam

Rachel Unkovic | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Rachel Unkovic

The America that I grew up in is one that also raised refugee children. It wasn't always easy to embrace foreigners -- and traumatized ones at that -- and it took a monetary investment, but from a distance of 40 years, we can clearly see how that investment paid off multifold. It is not only the distress of refugees that must capture our hearts, but the potential of resettlement that should engage our minds.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

It's the Barrel Bomb, Stupid

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ranya Alkadamani

In all of this political and military maneuvering, has any leader actually taken a moment to think about what Syrians would be willing to live with?

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.

Syria, the Times and the Mystery of the "Moderate Rebels"

David Bromwich | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Bromwich

After a two-year absence from the international stage -- during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities -- on October 1 the "moderate rebels" of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard appeared to confirm his suspicion; even as a companion report on Russian actions in Syria by Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and Neil MacFarquhar revealed that these are the same moderates who were carefully vetted by the CIA, and concerning whom little was heard ever after. Their numbers are put at 3,000 to 5,000, though the Cooper-Gordon-MacFarquhar article leaves uncertain if that is their original or their present strength.

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

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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.

What About the Syrian Refugees Left Behind?

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

Humanitarian groups have partnered with community organizations to improve basic services and expand sports and other programs to help ease tensions. But more needs to be done to invest in the development of these fragile states and protect their stability.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

Is Rising Global Inequality a Form of Global Apartheid?

Marie Clarke | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Marie Clarke

At this moment in America, and around the world, the gap between the most wealthy and those living in the deepest poverty continues to grow, and the reality of the rich and the reality of the poor can feel like two different worlds altogether.

A Numbers Game: The U.S. Is Still Falling Short with Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Nadeen Aljijakli | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Nadeen Aljijakli

The ability of the U.S. to regain credibility as the world's leader in refugee resettlement will lie in its proposed numbers and true impact. The U.S. does not need a divisive political solution to save Syrian refugee lives -- only one that is sincere, humanitarian, and rises to the occasion.

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

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.

Protecting Refugee Children From the Failures of Adults

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The children of Syria have lost their lives and homes and schooling and innocence -- they have lost the precious and fleeting years we call childhood. Children deserve the right to be children, and we must make this as much a priority as every other consideration during this tragedy.

Pope's Visit Should Galvanize US to Meaningfully Respond to Global Refugee Crisis

Human Rights First | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Human Rights First

The Pope has shown himself to be an unusually effective advocate. Here's hoping that when he meets with President Obama and addresses Congress, he'll urge the United States to lead a comprehensive global campaign to address the crisis.

The Children the Millennium Development Goals Left Behind

World Vision | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
World Vision

The Millennium Development Goals have been credited with saving and improving the lives of millions of people. However, they largely failed to reach the world's most vulnerable children.

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?

Only Two Explanations Can Explain the Confusing U.S. Policies in the Middle East

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Against this backdrop, the U.S. has undertaken and still continues targeted air strikes against ISIS forces. A basic familiarity with the nature of asymmetric war demonstrates that air strikes are unlikely to defeat insurgent organizations.

A Day I Will Never Forget

World Vision | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
World Vision

During those few minutes, while Ibrahim was crying, the land owner shared something with me. "You know, madame, dealing with sheep is much easier than dealing with these Syrian refugee children." My ears were listening to this man. My eyes were on Ibrahim. My heart was nowhere. It was broken.

A Humanitarian Solution to Europe's Political Problem

Adam C. Levine | Posted 09.20.2015 | World
Adam C. Levine

Though humanitarian intervention has not prevented the deaths of the 200,000 Syrians killed in the conflict so far, it has prevented the secondary deaths of thousands, if not millions, of others that would surely have occurred due to the breakdown in health, agriculture and sanitation systems within the region.

Europe's Refugee Crisis: The Last Time 'Round It Was Much, Much Worse

The Conversation US | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
The Conversation US

If the continent's leaders are not to bring about political changes that may have destructive consequences for the rights-based framework upon which the postwar European project has been built, it seems clear that they will have to demonstrate their ability to address the problem of forced migration at its source.