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Syria Crisis

Geneva III: The Stillborn Conference and the Endemic Failure of the International Community

Hilmi M. Zawati | Posted 02.06.2016 | Politics
Hilmi M. Zawati

The world's conspiracy of silence on mass killings in Syria must stop. It encourages the culture of impunity, and reminds one of General Roméo Dallaire's critical question: "Are we all human, or are some more human than others?"

Syria Pledging Conference Commits Billions, Prioritises Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Coming on the heels of the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending Syria's five-year civil war, the billions currently being pledged is a sliver of hope that despite a lack of political solutions to actually end the war, the international community is committed to coming together to support the Syrian people and their increasingly generous neighbors.

Learn From the Past to Manage Syria Refugee Crisis In a Smart Way

Grete Faremo | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Grete Faremo

Over the years we have learned that many of the assumptions behind such refugee "care" were wrong. The main one: Few modern conflicts of a scale that drive large populations to flee have quick and happy endings. They often stretch on for decades.

I See Myself in Each of Them

Up For School | Posted 02.03.2016 | Education
Up For School

Sadly there is no shortage of tragic stories from Syrian refugees who are still suffering after five years of brutal conflict. But one I read recently resonated with me profoundly. It moved while I read it. It stayed with me for days and days afterwards.

Humanitarian Crises: The Business Response

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Badr Jafar

Communities in crisis lead to vulnerable societies. And vulnerable societies are prone to all kinds of social and economic degradation, including the rise of hopelessness, extremism and instability.

It's a Genocide. Join the Fight - Support MEP Lars Adaktusson

Nuri Kino | Posted 01.27.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

I am fed up with Christian in organized form that do not stand up for vulnerable brothers ans sisters. Since I live in Sweden I will start to addres...

Syrian Children and the Crumbs From Our Table

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Emad Rizkalla

I recently had the chance to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at a round table meeting in New York discussing ways to help Jordan cope...

Beyond the Syria Debacle

John Tirman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
John Tirman

We have been at war for half of my lifetime, nearly all of my daughter's lifetime. It is our state of being. Political elites speak only of more of it, as if proposing a hike in Social Security benefits. No one (credible) says, let's just get out of the Middle East.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifica...

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.

A Business Plan for the Syrian Children's Crisis

Sarah Brown | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Sarah Brown

There are good reasons why we must act urgently if Syria's refugee children are not to become a lost generation. The average time that a refugee is out of country is well over a decade. If we do nothing, then thousands of refugee children may reach adulthood without ever setting foot in a classroom.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

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 th...

Clash of Syrian Clans: How an Online Game Reflects the Syrian Conflict

Omar Sayfo | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Omar Sayfo

Fighting in a clan from his Syrian hometown and coordinating battles against clans he was randomly matched with around the globe was one of the ways 24-year-old Hosam maintained spiritual ties with the land and community he had left behind.

Al-Nimr Protests Reflect Iran's Hypocrisy

Saad Khan | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Saad Khan

There's nothing wrong with protesting against injustice. Things get murky when a state instigates violent protests against another state -- all the while claiming a moral high ground.

A Refugee's Letters to Her Dead Father

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

It is my hope that by recording their stories, we can put a human face to the endless numbers and statistics of this world humanitarian crisis.

My Year With Refugees (Audio Slideshow)

Karl Schembri | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Karl Schembri

As 2015 comes to an end, I wanted to share with you some stories of refugees I met over the last year.

Syria Needs Its Own Peace of Christmas Eve

William Lambers | Posted 12.24.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

There is no alternative to peace in Syria. That is the best route to defeating ISIS. Let's make a beginning with a nationwide ceasefire. It's time for Syrians to settle differences at the negotiating table, rather than on the battlefield.

Why I Fled Syria

Ahed Al Hendi | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Ahed Al Hendi

This article tells different refugee stories from Syrians who left their home country in the last years and found a new home in the United States. In their personal stories, you can learn about their dreams and why they decided to leave, as well as their experiences with and attachment to the U.S.

Refugee Resettlement Means an Alternative to Extremism

Walt Cooper | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Walt Cooper

We can and must ensure a third alternative--refugee resettlement--an option that ISIS undoubtedly does not want us to provide to those fleeing its territory. Resettling refugees allows us to provide safe haven to the most vulnerable refugees.

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.

This Holiday Season, Lawmakers Should Legalize Charitable Giving to Refugee Resettlement

Matthew La Corte | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

The generosity of the American people has been given an unfortunate ceiling. While Americans can donate to refugees already in the U.S., they cannot donate money to cover the costs of bringing more Syrian refugees into the country.

The Social Conscience of the Saint John's Bible II -- On Syrian Refugees and the Reversals of Christmas

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Pleasant images of nativity scenes adorn hearth and home during Christmas and Advent seasons, but when we stop and take a closer look, our perspectives often change. Upon a closer look, that momentous sojourn in the Levant was more difficult than we might have thought.

America Believes in Syria, and I Know This First Hand

Nadia Alawa | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Nadia Alawa

We are all in this together. Life as we know it can no longer be the same, as we see the humanitarian catastrophes currently happening in Syria: fa...