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Syria Crisis

Libs Need Some Soul-Searching Before Bashing Trump

Saad Khan | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Saad Khan

President Donald Trump is not the demon that many think he is. Some of his actions are questionable. The maelstrom of activism following the travel b...

Give Trump A Chance

Saad Khan | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Saad Khan

The president-elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump, deserves a chance. With the "-elect" suffix about to be dismantled, there is no escaping th...

More Important Than Ever: Defending Immigrants And Refugees During The Trump Presidency

Matthew La Corte | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work fighting for what makes America truly great: freedom, opportunity, diversity, and compassion.

UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council. Th...

Transforming Patients Into Artists

Darcy Ataman | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Darcy Ataman

2016 was a watershed year for Make Music Matter. We primarily work in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the prevalence of sexual ...

America is Responsible for Aleppo's Destruction

Lionel Beehner | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Buried under rubble, Aleppo weeps. It was the most fascinating, glorious, majestic, and hodgepodge city I'd ever visited, an ancient city of narrow, t...

Dealing With Trauma And PTSD In Our World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Nadia Alawa | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Nadia Alawa

Five years later, what started as a Revolution for freedom and liberty has turned into our generation's worst humanitarian crisis. What we are now see...

Russians Are Divided When Faced With the Reality of a Trump Presidency

Anastasya Manuilova | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Anastasya Manuilova

MOSCOW ― Just hours after a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, reports of Russian airstrike...

When Humanitarian Intervention Turns Into Regime Change

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.15.2016 | Home
Daniel R. DePetris

During three full days in September 2005, 170 U.N. member states gathered for an extraordinary summit meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York to assess the state of international development in the world.

Are Muslims New "Ersatz Juden" Of Europe?

Mirnes Kovac | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Mirnes Kovac

It is not strange that in the midst of an intra-European crisis that scapegoats are in high demand. History teaches us that the weakest were always the best candidates for this role. Unfortunately, today this role is reserved for the Muslims of Europe.

How 23 Year Old Noor Tagouri and British Muslim Youth Raised Over £230,000 for Syria (Photo Essay)

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.03.2016 | Impact
Atif Choudhury

Yahya's last answer was a sobering reminder that what we accomplished was remarkable-indeed I had never quite witnessed something like that in my life. Yet it was a drop in the bucket to what is ever-desperately needed-and what people suffering in Syria and around the world deserve.

No, the U.S. Is Not Discriminating Against Syrian Christian Refugees

Matthew La Corte | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

Ultimately, there is no grand conspiracy or single cause driving the low resettlement numbers of Syrian Christian refugees. But that does not mean there is nothing to be done to ensure that all potential refugee populations have access to resettlement programs.

Syrian 'Problem From Hell' Unlikely To Get Better Soon

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.20.2016 | Home
Lee H. Hamilton

The challenges in Syria bring us face to face with perennial questions about American foreign policy: What should our role be in international affairs? Do we have the capacity to intervene decisively in the world's trouble spots? If we have the capacity, do we have the will?

The Battles for Dabiq & Mosul: Not the Beginning of the End of ISIS, but the End of Its Beginning

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Two critical battles are being fought against ISIS this week: the first, in Syria by a combined force of Turkish military and so-called Turkish-backe...

Syria Shows That Realism Still Dominates Global Politics

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Daniel R. DePetris

The civil war in Syria has taught the international community plenty of lessons, and not one of them is good. In fact, each and every one is an indictment on the entire rules-based order that has governed the international system since the end of World War II.

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

We Aren't Numbers: Syrian refugee children urge leaders to keep their promise

Up For School | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Up For School

Photo: Ali, 9, from Syria living in Lebanon. Theirworld/Tabitha Ross By Yara Harake, Consultant Youth Coordinator, Theirworld "Yes I love to write...

Responding To Today's Global Refugee Crisis: How Will History Judge Us?

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

The United States must lead by example. The Obama Administration's initiative in coordinating the Leaders' Summit on Refugees is a strong step but, as millions of lives are at risk and in limbo, its value will be measured on its outcomes and concrete deliverables.

The Urgency of Investing in Early Childhood Development in Emergencies

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.19.2016 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Photo: Julien Harneis After five years of brutal civil war, 3.7 million Syrian children -- one in three -- have only ever known life in violent confl...

No Easy Choices, But One Imperative: Impartial Assistance To All In Need

A View from the United Nations | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
A View from the United Nations

Credit: UNICEF/Al-Issa By Kevin M. Kennedy* The United Nations and its partners stand ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance foll...

Migrants and Refugees: A Global Problem or a Local Solution ?

Magdy Martínez-Solimán | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Photo: @UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis This September, the world's governments will come together at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to d...

The US-Russian deal means Assad has won the Syrian Civil War

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

As the new ceasefire agreed between Russia and the United States is coming into effect, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can finally relax in the know...

Give Peace a Chance in the 21st Century: The Need for a New Kellogg-Briand Pact

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
Nake M. Kamrany

It is disturbing that even in the 21st century the concept of achieving and sustaining peace is viewed with incredulity. But this was not always the case.

From Damascus To Amsterdam: Borders, Hope And A Small Rubber Boat

Nish Gera | Posted 09.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

When I met Amr for the first time in Amsterdam, it was almost two years to the day, after that fateful morning on the boat. He was on a different boat this time -- a friend's houseboat in Amsterdam. And it was pride weekend.