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Why ISIS Is Winning

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.26.2015 | 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.

Tips for Thanksgiving

Max Fox | Posted 11.24.2015 | Comedy
Max Fox

Thanksgiving can be difficult; you have to converse with family members regardless of whether or not you enjoy their company. Here are some tips and tricks to enjoying this time of year.

Why American Politics Is Much Scarier Than Syrian Refugees

Nadeen Aljijakli | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nadeen Aljijakli

Why is the GOP crusading to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. when France itself, the site of recent terrorist attacks, has pledged to accept an additional 30,000 Syrian refugees?

"We Are Seen as Infidels and Traitors, for Hundred Years Now"

Nuri Kino | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

They look similar to everyone else in the audience at the auditorium at Paderborn University. Three, modernly dressed and clean-shaven men. Suddenly, they stand up and start screaming out their hatred against us.

Syria: Can Humpty Dumpty Be Made Whole Again?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not be able to control more than a sliver of the country, but uniting the various factions in some kind of rainbow coalition may be a pipe dream, despite efforts of those meeting in Vienna for a political solution.

Francois Hollande's 9/11 Moment

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.

If All Lives Matter, Do Refugee Lives Matter?

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Fear, when not crippling, is good because it can be utilized to keep someone from danger. However, ISIS and some politicians in the US are making the American people afraid of Syrian refugees.

Are All Massacres Important?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

On Friday morning, reports began to break out that an American airstrike had managed to kill Mohammed Emwazi, known, though he shouldn't be, as Jihadi John.

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...

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

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.

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

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.

With Putin Bombing Rebels, Should Obama Bomb Assad?

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, is making trouble. Big trouble. The United States has been leading a military coalition of some 60 countries in conducting bombing missions inside of Syria against terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Praise for Putin Is Misplaced, and Dangerous

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

It seems fashionable in some circles to praise Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, for being some sort of a hero for world peace and justice.

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.

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.

Should I Have Given Her My Socks Too?

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I'm lying sleepless and thinking about all the thousands of people that I've met and interviewed through the years. Now I have a new face. The young woman who is wearing my shoes. Where is she now? Should I have given her my socks?

Europe's Refugee Crisis: The Last Time 'Round It Was Much, Much Worse

The Conversation US | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
The Conversation US

If the continent's leaders are not to bring about political changes that may have destructive consequences for the rights-based framework upon which the postwar European project has been built, it seems clear that they will have to demonstrate their ability to address the problem of forced migration at its source.

This Is Not Just a European Refugee Crisis -- It's About the 7.6 Million Still in Syria, Too

Daniel Wordsworth | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wordsworth

This is a bigger problem than allowing people in. This is a bigger problem than resettlement. The problem is at the source. We are witnessing the destruction of a country.

5 Hours in Serbia: Refugee Crisis

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

They walk from the freeway in to the woods. Just under the whole in the fence there is a ditch, they cannot cross it so they head up again. We walk two hundred meters in and they finally find a place where they can cross. They ask me to pray for them, they wave and walk off in to the woods.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.