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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...

What Can Canada Do For Justice In Iraq And Syria?

Payam Akhavan | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Payam Akhavan

On June 14th, the House of Commons was the scene of a remarkable debate. The opposition had tabled a motion declaring atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Shia, and other minorities as "genocide".

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...

Playing Politics: The AFC Gets Tied Up in Knots

James Dorsey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians' expense.

Aleppo Is Burning

Sarah Dadouch | Posted 05.07.2016 | World
Sarah Dadouch

Aleppo is worn thin. There is only so much destruction a city can handle before it turns into a ghost town. Syrians are waiting for the international community to do something, but we have had enough of the inaction.

Thought the War in Syria Was Just About Over? Think Again

Kicker | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

Your own government bombing the hell out of your city, including a children's hospital: This is the horror of life in northern Syria.

The Real Heroes of the Refugee Crisis

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

As of late, the only antidote to my entrenched political realism has been the news of amazing individuals volunteering to help refugees in the Greek I...

Why Hasn't the U.S. Joined the International Trend of Privately Funded Refugee Resettlement

Matthew La Corte | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

With lives at stake, prohibiting the American private sector from helping with increased refugee resettlement abandons core American values of philanthropy and civil society. Hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable Syrians need resettlement.

Turkish Soccer Pitches Tell the Story of Hardening Fault Lines

James Dorsey | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish soccer pitches tell the story of the country's multiple sharpening fault lines that are exploding into political violence on the streets of Turkey's major cities as the government fuels deep-seated political and ethnic tensions.

Five Years Into Syria's Crisis, Riyadh Remains Vindicated

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Since the beginning of the crisis, Riyadh has maintained that this regime is murderous and brutal and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go -- either via negotiations or through military means, if lasting peace is to be achieved.

Jihadist Soccer: Contrary Visions of a Future Syria

James Dorsey | Posted 03.12.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The contrast could hardly be starker. A soccer star-turned-protest leader-turned-jihadist encourages peaceful anti-Bashir al-Assad protests in Syrian rebel-held territory. Nearby, in Islamic State (IS)-controlled territory young boys play soccer with decapitated heads.

The People of Syria Speak Again

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

I have heard more times than I can count, especially since the start of the Vienna peace process on Syria last November, that Syrians are simply "tired of war" and that it is time to give up on the Syrian Revolution's core demand for the departure of the Assad dictatorship.

Sectarian War in Syria Introduced New Gender-Based Crimes

Hilmi M. Zawati | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Hilmi M. Zawati

--Victims may refrain from bringing legal actions against Syrian officials for fear of vindictive measures-- The following Op-Ed consists of excerpt...

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...

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.

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 ...

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

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

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...

I Attended the State of the Union and it's Made Me Hopeful

Nadia Alawa | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Nadia Alawa

The experience was incredibly inspiring and re-affirming of who I am as an American - and where I want to see my nation head. Congress was buzzing with energy and optimism, even as we battle with hateful rhetoric and fear-mongering in the news cycles every day.

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...

Santa Claus Exists and Delivers Little Smiles

Nuri Kino | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Nuri Kino

A Demand For Action's Christmas campaign has finally taken off, and it warms my heart. We're handing out Christmas presents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We want children to smile; children who've been forced to flee with their parents because of their religion and ethnicity. Children who have witnessed the most evil of acts.

Turkish-Russian tension set to spill onto European pitches

James Dorsey | Posted 12.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The escalating Turkish-Russian crisis following Turkey's downing in November of a Russian war plane promises to spill onto European soccer pitches with FC Lokomotiv Moscow set to play Fenerbahce SK, notorious for its fiery fan base, in a Europa League match.

The Syrian Dilemma

Carlo Caro | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Carlo Caro

Source: Reuters It's been almost two weeks since the downing of the Russian fighter jet at the Turkish-Syrian border. Many hawks who have been aga...

Why I Will Stop Calling Myself a Bad Muslim

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today. If only to check the true infidels -- that is, the enemies of peace, truth, love, and therefore, the enemies of the Islam I know and hold so dear -- I cannot continue to make this joke.

Why ISIS Is Winning

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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.