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Syria Crisis

Omran doesn't need tears, Ms. Bolduan... he needs us to do our jobs!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

No, I am not cruel nor am I insensitive. On the contrary, I think what would have definitely been insensitive was NOT to cry upon watching the recent ...

Is America Losing Turkey?

David Hearst | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
David Hearst

In the dying days of Boris Yeltsin's presidency, the great and the good in Washington scratched their heads and asked themselves: "Who lost Russia?"

Stay Outraged for Syrian Children

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion
Richard Stearns

When I saw the video clip last night of little Omran Daqneesh, sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of an air...

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. ...

Doctors of Aleppo Abandoned, Again

Widney Brown | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Widney Brown

In their letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Aleppo's remaining doctors pleaded not for tears but for a plan to end the Syrian government's all-out assault on hospitals and medical workers. And the response from the White House was the same as it's been for months: we're working on it.

The Obama Administration's 'Problem From Hell' In Syria

Neil Hicks | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Neil Hicks

It is a painful reality that the Assad government, responsible for the vast majority of mass atrocities and human rights crimes in the war, is in a position to dictate the level of the conflict in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.

Margot Wallström, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Make Never Again Mean Never Again

Nuri Kino | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Margot Wallström, you are one of Sweden's top diplomats, and internationally renowned for your work in global affairs.

The New Alliance That's Saving Syrian Refugees

Apolitical | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact

Between the borders of Syria and Jordan is a no-man's land several miles across called the Berm, where 70,000 refugees are trapped in appalling conditions.

Germany's Munich Moment

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I find it interesting when German friends lambaste me as a fear monger for having the audacity to point out that their wonderful nation - an exemplar of excellence in areas ranging from philosophy to music to manufacturing - has a radical Islamic terror problem on its hands.

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 08.06.2016 | 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.