An excerpt from The Arab of the Future: Volume 2, the highly anticipated continuation of Riad Sattouf's internationally acclaimed, #1 French bestseller, which was hailed by The New York Times as "a disquieting yet essential read."
Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.
When will Syria's suffering end? When will the suffering of Iraqis end? The people of Yemen, Afghanistan... When? As long as leaders like Assad exist, rebel factions, al Qaeda, ISIS, it is a long, long road to peace, rebuilding and stability.
A resolution (H.Res. 159) was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress in reference to one of the worst mass executions of political prisoners since WWII by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The tragedy behind Iraj's story is shared by millions of Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict. The numbers related to this crisis are so big, it can be hard to think of them as individual stories, specific families, unique faces... Each story we hear has one thing in common: explosive weapons are always part of their heart-breaking account.
Don't be fooled. The current air blitz by Russian jets, Syrian government troops and Iranian-organized ground forces would have happened without the bogus ceasefire that officially ended last week. If President Barack Obama didn't realize that when he made a ceasefire deal with Russia, then Vladimir Putin bamboozled him.
It's the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let's start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history.
I was shocked to wake up and read that Russia was furious over the deaths of Syrian government forces -- from a US airstrike -- and that it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. Are you kidding me? Seriously?
I haven't become desensitized but I feel better because I am not ignoring these people or turning my back on them. I am listening to their stories, hearing and feeling their pain, I am giving a voice to the voices of the erased.
Volunteers are not collateral damage. They are not acceptable targets when a ceasefire ends. Ceasefire or no, the rules of international humanitarian law still apply. Safe access must mean safe access. Guarantees given by fighting parties must be honoured. This recent attack has horrified people across the world. It has also denied 78,000 people of much-needed aid. These attacks cannot and must not continue. We call for all aid workers to be respected and protected. This, sadly, may not be the first time aid workers have been attacked. But it should be - it must be - the last.
Private sponsorship was a common theme at this week's refugee summits in New York. It was announced that Canada, in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, will help "export" their successful private sponsorship model to other countries.
Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.
Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...
I know there are good people, kind people, loving people out there. You're probably one of them. So please, I urge you, donate some money to help these helpless war victims. We should not have to rely on charity but our government has failed to do enough and the opposition has been too consumed with inter-party spatting to curtail the government's inaction.
By David Wemer When nineteen-year-old American swimmer ...
The last three administrations have followed a bipartisan policy of constant war. Unfortunately, the consequences have been ugly: every intervention has laid the groundwork for more conflict.