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Syria Crisis

Living Under Assad's Siege, Again

Ameenah Sawwan | Posted 03.01.2016 | World
Ameenah Sawwan

My name is Ameenah and I am 25 years old, yet somehow I feel much older. I have experienced the siege on Moadamiyeh by Assad's forces in 2013. It's an experience I can never forget. And it's happening again.

I'm a Journalist and This is Why I Decided to Help Syrian Refugees

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Tara Kangarlou

Watch Five Things I'll Never Forget About Syrian Refugees As a journalist, you're trained to be objective. Your sole responsibility is to report with...

Welcoming Refugees With a Hand of Friendship Soap

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Yasmina Blackburn

At a time in the United States when xenophobic politicians are spreading Islamophobia and discouraging people from helping Syrian refugees, Lush is opening their hearts completely to them.

Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

On February 10, 2016, Peace Action--the largest peace organization in the United States--announced its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the Democrati...

Lingering Questions Surround Geneva III

Hind Kabawat | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Hind Kabawat

I recently received a message from a friend still living in a suburb of Aleppo. She told me that she was closing the school she had been operating (underground since the uptick in airstrikes), and was taking the children closer to the Turkish border.

Saudi Arabia's Syria Strategy: Rewriting the Middle East's Political Map

James Dorsey | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has raised the ante in its battle with Iran by publicly committing to send ground troops to Syria. This latest move b...

World Powers Reach Agreement On Ceasefire In Syria

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.11.2016 | World

By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to...

The Morning Shift on Lesvos

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

It was just after 6 am when the first raft was spotted, a bobbing dot visible through the predawn gloom only by the florescent reflections of life jac...

MSF Doctor: Syrians Are Buried Beneath Bombs

Joanne Liu | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Joanne Liu

As politicians gathered in London last week to discuss aid for Syria, the appalling suffering continued unabated. Syrians are living under bombardment, as hundreds of explosive devices are dropped on their cities and towns each day - predominantly by their own government.

Exodus and Betrayal: How a Syrian Nakba Was Created

David Hearst | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
David Hearst

Kerry has come dangerously close to seeing the Syrian conflict as a binary fight between two forms of ruthless dictatorship -- Assad and the Islamic State group. This is exactly how Assad frames the conflict, and it is one of the main reasons why ISIS is growing in strength.

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 address ...

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 Jose Vicente Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

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

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 the...

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.