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More Syrian Refugees: Good for National Security

The Conversation US | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
The Conversation US

The logic of this is clear; refugees are fleeing Bashar al-Assad, the Islamic State or both. Having experienced the extreme disruption of Syria's brutal civil war caused by the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on domestic uprisings and the subsequent exploitation of this disruption by ISIS, they are unlikely to entertain illusions about the merits of violence.

"Go on TV, Tell Them Not to Take the Boats, the Waves Are too High"

Nuri Kino | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I wake up, put the laptop on my knees, read my emails and Facebook messages and start responding. A Facebook friend has posted an Assyrian/Syriac song...

A Testimony to Failed Autocracies: Eritrean Soccer Team Defects

James Dorsey | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Eritrea's national team has for all practical purposes defected after 10 of its players this week refused to return home following a World Cup qualifier in Botswana.

Intervention in Syria: Russia Gambles Big Time

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
James Dorsey

At a news conference at the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may have been on thin ice when he defended Russian intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He pointed to the chaos that followed US targeting of other Arab autocrats like Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Obama, You Had Your Chance to Become a Hero -- You Gave It Away to Putin

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

For over ten years, we've been asking - begging - world leaders for a hero. Over a hundred Iraqi churches have been demolished. At least another hundred in Syria.

Middle Eastern Conflicts Spill Onto Spanish Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Inevitably, the mass exodus of refugees from conflict areas was going to provoke the spilling into Europe of multiple disputes in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Spanish soccer is the first to feel the weight of the baggage that has turned vast numbers into destitute refugees.

A Perspective on the Refugee Crisis (and a Solution)

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

It is time for the UN to move into the breach and bring order out of the chaos and help these desperate people find their way to safety and the hope of a new life before it is too late.

Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

Re-Configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

James Dorsey | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.

The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya.

Druze Mount Next Flashpoint in Syrian Conflict: Implications for Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
James Dorsey

As rebel forces advance towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in Idlib province, Israel has to decide whether it should intervene in the Syrian civil war by arming the Druze while Saudi Arabia is faced with the choice between realpolitik and its religious doctrine which views the Druze as heretics.

ISIS Captures More Territory In Central Syria

AP | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has seized more territory in the central province of Homs amid intense clashes with gover...

Activists Report Another Chemical Weapons Attack By Regime Forces In Syria

AP | CARA ANNA and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.30.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syrian activist groups on Wednesday reported another suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib, with one...

ISIS Shot, Stoned And Beheaded Over 2,000 Off The Battlefield In Syria

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 28 (Reuters) - Ultra-radical Islamic State insurgents have killed at least 2,154 people off the battlefield in Syria since the end of Ju...

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

James Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism.

Assad's Troops Bombard Key Syrian Town After It Falls To Rebels

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition-held areas in the country's northwest on Sunday, killing at least 34 in one strike on a ...

Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held City

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwe...

Thousands Trapped In Damascus Camp As ISIS Takes Over

Reuters | Oliver Holmes | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilia...

Syrian Rebels Capture Last Regime-Held Border Crossing With Jordan

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria's Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opp...

ISIS Storms Besieged Palestinian Refugee Camp In Syrian Capital

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

Militants from the Islamic State group stormed a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, witnesses and officials said. The ext...

Activists: ISIS Kills Over 40 People In Syria Village

AP | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian opposition activists and state TV say Islamic State fighters have killed over 40 people in an attack on a central Syrian village...

Syria's Al Qaeda Branch Pushes Regime Out Of Major City

AP | Posted 03.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweepi...

Syrian Rebels Capture Ancient Town From Regime Forces

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels on Wednesday seized an ancient town near the Jordan border that is a key government stronghold, ousting Syrian soldiers ...

Al Jazeera Covered The Fourth Anniversary Of The Syrian Civil War. No One Read It.

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Media

It has been four years since civil war first broke out in Syria. In that time, the conflict has claimed over 200,000 lives, forced millions to flee fr...

Activists Say Syrian Forces Attack Town With Chlorine Gas

AP | BASSEM MROUE and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and the Western-backed opposition accused the government Tuesday of carrying out a chlorine gas attack against a rebe...