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Syria Crisis

Take A Deep Breath

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

Knowledgeable, sober observers of the Syrian scene continue to worry that the Obama administration is seeking, without adequate reflection, an agreement with Russia featuring military cooperation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

Jihad v. Soccer: The Islamic State's convoluted love-hate relationship

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey If the Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialized. Leaked transcripts of the i...

Iran's Plan to Destabilize Iraq

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For those who hoped the Iran nuclear agreement would usher in a new era of Iranian moderation in the Middle East, as we say in Brooklyn: "fgetahboutit...

Restrictive Immigration Is Not A Counterterrorism Policy

Annie Grayer | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Annie Grayer

The attacks in Turkey, Brussels and Paris were coordinated and led by ISIS. In contrast, the attacks in Orlando or San Bernardino for example, were coordinated by lone wolf American citizens aspiring to attract the attention of ISIS. This distinction is important because each form of terrorism calls for different responses.

Urgent Funding Needed To Get All 700,000 Syrian Refugees In Turkey Into School

Up For School | Posted 07.06.2016 | Education
Up For School

By Ben Hewitt Turkey has taken in more Syrian refugee children than any other country - more than 700,000 of them. But 400,000 are out of schoo...

The False, Perilous Choice Of A "Limited" American Bombing Campaign In Syria

Nicholas Noe | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Nicholas Noe

From almost the start of the non-violent, citizen-led protests in Syria in the spring of 2011, a heavyweight set of pundits, policymakers, politicians and analysts have raised their voices for some kind of US military intervention against the vicious regime of Bashar al-Assad.

World Refugee Day Passes Without Notice, Syrian Refugee Crisis Lingers On

Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H

The month of June marked Ramadan, which is a period of fasting, prayer, and sanctification, observed by nearly two billion Muslims across the world. D...

Ongoing genocide against Yazidis - UN investigators conclusion

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

When it was his turn to speak, I watched him bow his head as you do when saying a prayer. He trembled his way to the podium.

The "Experts" Are Wrong in Advocating Escalation in Syria

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

More than 50 U.S. mid-level diplomats have sent a memo through the State Department's "dissent channel" to a likely sympathetic Secretary of State Joh...

Challenge in Syria: Water in a Time of War

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.17.2016 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanjay Wijesekera with baby in Homs City, Syria As the UNICEF team gathered at a shelter for displaced families on the outskirts of Homs City, in cen...

Hammams of Old Damascus: Back from the Dead

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

The fabled Turkish baths of Damascus, or hammams, have been the subject of literature and film for decades. Not too long ago, they were a prime touris...

State Representatives Endorse Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Matthew La Corte | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

Last month, 76 members of the Maryland General Assembly sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their state.

I Volunteered in a Refugee Camp. These Are The Stories You Won't See on TV.

Chelsea Roff | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Chelsea Roff

Nearly 60 million people around the globe are displaced from their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution. That's the highest number ever on reco...

Investing in Locally Designed Solutions for Syria and the Middle East

Vanessa Zuabi | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Vanessa Zuabi

The World Humanitarian Summit kicked off this week with an estimated five thousand international organizations and companies set to convene in Istanbu...

Trajectory of U.S. Policy in Vietnam Offers a Roadmap to a Possible Future in the Mideast

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

During the 1960s and early 1970s, U.S. leaders somehow thought the backwater country of Vietnam was strategic and became embroiled in a tar pit. The same is true today in the Middle East.

How to Be a Good Loser: A Guide to Being a Refugee

Dragana Kaurin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Dragana Kaurin

It's generally not war that refugees choose to remember, but the people who help you. My mother's colleague who snuck us out of Serbia, French volunteers who took refugee kids camping, and those who came to welcome us at the airport when we were resettled in Ohio; those are the people I think of daily. I hope Basel finds such people on his path too.

Leave No One Behind: Women, Children and Adolescent Health in Emergencies

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 05.22.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

For the nearly 60 million internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers worldwide, home is nowhere in sight. Humanitarian emergencies and conflicts have driven them away from all they know as comfortable and safe.

Playing Politics: The AFC Gets Tied Up in Knots

James Dorsey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians' expense.

Watch: Inside the Most Populated Syrian Refugee Camp in the World

M. Akram Shibly | Posted 05.20.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
M. Akram Shibly

I was powerless until my father organized a medical mission to aid refugees in Jordan. Having just launched my filmmaking career, I accompanied him alongside my sister to capture the refugee's stories.

Restoring Dignity and Hope Through Education

Up For School | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Up For School

By Sarah Brown, President of Theirworld and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education When a crisis on the scale of Syria's conf...

Will the World Offer 1m Syrian Pupils The Pen or the Sword?

Up For School | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
Up For School

Photo: Jeremy Chivers Prof Tom Fletcher CMG is the Global Strategy Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education. I was back in Jordan an...

A Plan for Helping Syrian Refugee Children

William Lambers | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

Lebanon is one of the main countries where Syrians have fled to during the last five years of civil war. But once the refugees arrive they face all kinds of challenges just to have the basics of food and shelter. They have little or no resources.

An Open Letter From Syrians Working with U.S. and European Funded Organizations

#AleppoIsBurning | Posted 05.04.2016 | World

We write to you as Syrians working on programs meant to support democratic reform. Recent events however have raised doubts whether our work has any meaning.

Thought the War in Syria Was Just About Over? Think Again

Kicker | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

Your own government bombing the hell out of your city, including a children's hospital: This is the horror of life in northern Syria.

Syrian Hoops Star Flees War, With Eyes on NBA

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Tara Kangarlou

When the Syrian civil war broke in 2011, he was playing professional basketball in South America -- little did he know that only a year after his return back home to Syria in 2013, he'd be fleeing his war-torn country to North America.