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Why ISIS Is Winning

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.26.2015 | 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.

Thanksgiving and Social Security: Different Reasons for Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Nancy Altman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Today, we are faced with the same choice we have confronted in the past -- whether to give into fear and prejudice or align ourselves with our highest ideals.

Refugee Hysteria Is the Wrong Response to the Paris Attacks

Mihai Pătru | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Mihai Pătru

Hauling up the drawbridge to the refugees is not going to stop Daesh from threatening America or change the government in Syria. Nor will it create a safer place for Americans. Instead this proclivity for panic will only heighten suspicions of the alien other (in this case, Muslim and Middle Eastern).

Tips for Thanksgiving

Max Fox | Posted 11.24.2015 | 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.

A History of Shame

Nathan Timmel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Nathan Timmel

During World War II, the American government rounded up anyone with even a whiff of Japanese heritage, over 100,000 people in all, and placed them in internment camps.

A Two-Way Street: Emigration from Damascus

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Sami Moubayed

Emigration and refugee success stories are not new to Syria. Damascus itself has always been a city of refugees, inhabited by Arabs, Turks, Armenians, Kurds, North Africans, and Circassians fleeing violence in their respective countries.

A Historical Beating Heart: The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis

Janis Cooke Newman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Janis Cooke Newman

The images are indelible. A truck abandoned in the safety lane of an Austrian highway, the word HYZA painted on its side -- a picture of a chicken standing in for the Y. Inside the truck, the decomposing bodies of 71 people escaping a war.

Do Not Let The Terrorists Win

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Gleb Tsipursky

Let us set aside our emotional desire for revenge, however difficult, and take the hard road that will achieve our long-term goals.

Losing the War Against ISIS -- Turning a Deaf Ear to Sun Tzu and Julius Caesar -- and Losing Ourselves

Shermin Kruse | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

We are the land of the free, and the home of the brave. We do not shut down religious institutions or turn away three-year-old orphans begging for our help.

"We Are Seen as Infidels and Traitors, for Hundred Years Now"

Nuri Kino | Posted 11.23.2015 | 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.

Hoosiers extend hospitality to Syrian refugees despite Indiana's position

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

I'm a Hoosier. Sometimes that can be inconvenient to admit. This spring while running a half marathon in Virginia, a fellow runner asked me where I wa...

Hillary's Plan to Combat ISIS Won't Work

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

In contrast, to most Republican candidates, who have given us general platitudes about "getting tougher on terrorism" or vague promises to use more ground troops in Iraq or Syria, Hillary Clinton has proposed a more concrete program for battling ISIS; unfortunately most of it is bad.

After Paris and Before More Refugees

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Trisha de Borchgrave

Sudden loud noises punctuate what we know to be true; that to integrate Syria's refugees, now that we have been smacked with death on our doorstep, is to understand that tragedy is indivisible if we are to safeguard our way of life.

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are prevalent throughout many parts of the developing world. Mali is a cautionary tale.

Congress Is Falling Into ISIS's Trap on Syrian Refugees

Jon Rainwater | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

At a time when our country should be uniting behind a sensible comprehensive approach to ISIS, too many elected officials are playing politics with our national security.

United States Runs Out of Outrage, Starts Borrowing From China and Japan

Spencer Green | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The United States has officially exhausted its supply of outrage and will begin borrowing massive amounts from China and Japan. "The Treasury has been using emergency measures for quite some time to conserve our ever-dwindling resources but, obviously, it wasn't enough," said Florence Didyall, Secretary of Moral Indignation.

Hachnasat Orchim: What a Jewish Value Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 11.19.2015 | College
Avi Sholkoff

As a Jew, the grandchild and great-grand child of immigrants, and a student of American History, I know our country's historical struggles with immigration.

My Children Or Syria's Children?

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Our children are capable of great moral bravery, if we give them the chance to exercise it. Put more bluntly: if you're going to turn away refugees seeking asylum, don't do it in the name of my children. I've asked them, and they would not want that.

Courageous Refugees, Cowardly Politicians

Donna McKay | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Donna McKay

At a time when these courageous individuals need the world's protection the most, many politicians are using the Paris attacks for political gain, introducing hateful policies they don't even have the authority to implement.

Why Latinos Should Pay Attention to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Nicole Castillo | Posted 11.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicole Castillo

Xenophobia has no end. There will always be a scapegoat. Today, that scapegoat may be Muslims and Syrian refugees. Yesterday, it was Mexican migrants. Tomorrow, it might be undocumented immigrants from Latin America. It's only a matter of time before the rhetoric mutates and turns back on us again.

How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees?

Heather Arias de Cordoba | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Heather Arias de Cordoba

The refugees in Syria may be different in their religious beliefs from many in western cultures and those of Europe, but in my humble opinion, they do not deserve to be treated as though they are the enemy.

On Syria, Oklahoma and the Refugee in Us All

Denver Nicks | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Denver Nicks

In the days after terrorist attacks in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris the world was as stunned as it was saddened. The scale and cruelty of the attacks understandably shocked us. Sadly, it seems the terrorists have also succeeded in terrorizing us.

Francois Hollande's 9/11 Moment

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.

What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.18.2015 | 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 11.20.2015 | 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.