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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 addres...

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 specifica...

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 th...

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 ag...

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.

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.