With the exception of a plunge in June 2013, the Syrian pound has witnessed an orderly, not chaotic, deterioration.
A four-year civil war has forced more than half of Syria's population to neighboring countries or other parts within it. While big NGOs have issued aid appeals, smaller relief organizations tend to operate with lower overhead costs so more of your money can directly support those in need.
Enough already of looking at a photo of a dead child washed ashore and just clucking our tongues in transient feelings of sorrow about "those" poor people's insufferable situation. They may be in dire straits, but so are we. The very validity of our daring to describe ourselves as people of faith is at risk.
My question to those who still believe in the Putin myth of infallibility is this: why did the Russian president recently decide on sending his armed forces to Syria to participate in that sad country's interminable and ever more bloody civil war?
The genie cannot be put back in the bottle and wars cannot "unhappen". Yet besides the humanitarian help which decency dictates should be offered to refugees, the resort to diplomacy instead of war would also help millions of people now fleeing their countries and trying to make a new life elsewhere.
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.
Thanks again for your support and please don't forget to put aside nice, warm, good quality clothing for our next From a Mother to Another collection period in the run up to Mother's Day early next year. For now we still have stocks on hand to deliver to those in need both in the UK and now in Lebanon to the Syrian refugees.
New data, with help from Google, illustrate unprecedented -- and until now, largely overlooked -- forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.
Cities reduced to rubble. Families in a race against time, rushing towards safety before a razor wire fence blocks their escape. A child washed up on the beach, drowned in his family's attempt to flee certain death in the war zone that was once their neighborhood.
Resettlement will enable many Syrians to provide their children an opportunity to escape what will be remembered as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 21st Century. However, asylum in the West can only resolve a fraction of the crisis unfolding on the ground in the Middle East.
For those in "first class" to ignore or deny that their future and wellbeing are inextricably linked to everyone else in "steerage" is revealing one of the most central and practical ethical and moral dilemmas of all time.
One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.
A year ago, Oxford University scholar Ahmad Samih Khalidi argued in the New York Times that the United States should end the Syrian civil war by coming to terms with President Bashar al-Assad. The time has come to make the deal.
The U.S. government, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has operated a foreign policy that is akin to the stereotype of a musclebound bodybuilder with very little upstairs.
Iran's negotiating terms are bad news for Syria. It reportedly offered to end the assault on Zabadani on two conditions: that its fighters be allowed to evacuate Fu'a and Kefraya, and that Zabadani's largely Sunni population leave the city.
It is perhaps worth asking what kind of a world we want to live in, and what values we want Europe to stand for. We have to find it in ourselves to take up our moral responsibility and care for those in need, and to insist the same of our leaders.