The battles for Kiev and Damascus are caught between prudence and heavy-handedness, in a polarization that is fateful not only for Ukraine and Syria, but also for the relationship between Russia and the West. It is a phase of anxious repositioning.
The Olympics are over and maybe those of us who deplore the situation of the LGBT community in Russia can again all sound like we are on the same side.
I present you with a wish list of global good headlines. The list, in no particular order, is a starting point for a dialogue and by no means complete.
British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.
Whether it's colleges, churches or community organizations you can do something to bring peace and humanitarian aid for all Syrians. While these battlefields are distant in miles, you can still be close at hand in bringing relief to the suffering.
Americans may be getting less violent, but we should absolutely not be getting more apathetic and isolationist. The world is a dangerous place with some very violent people in it, as well as some very unfortunate wars between groups that have been set against each other by proxies.
I achieved a new realization of the power of video this past fall when I was honored to host a public conversation at Cooper Union with Elie Wiesel and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Words cannot describe the hopelessness I felt emanating from these camps, and I am not surprised that so many families decide to take the next step and leave Syria altogether. If we could just get access and reach them, it might not solve the conflict, but it would lessen the burden for families who have lost everything and ease the pressure on neighbouring countries.
"Photography became my precious, vivid tool with which I could show the world's beauty and sad reality simultaneously. When I returned from Syria in the spring of 2013, I felt an overwhelming need to do everything I could to help the Syrian refugees and spread awareness of the crisis."
Last week the Lebanese government released an official picture of a newly formed cabinet (after more than 10 months of political stalemate) that reporters and bloggers spotted as photoshopped.
Bad publicity during the Sochi games was not the sole reason Russia, Syria's main ally, supported the resolution, diplomats said. Some speculated that Moscow was not pleased with the Damascus' government's stalling in the collapsed Geneva peace talks.
It gives me no pleasure to say this: revolutions are often in vain. It is, alas, too easy to be swept up in the excitement of young protesters taking control of the streets... TV cameras blinking down from the balconies of nearby hotels give us the impression of a people in revolt, an unstoppable wave of protest, sweeping away oppression and corruption.
Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.
By Ross Buchanan Despite operating in an economy under sanction from the European Union, the Arab league, the United States, and 11 non-EU Europea...
Change is never easy, but in Bosnia, it often comes at a bloody cost. Let us hope that a hundred years after the start of WWI, leaders on both sides of the Atlantic step in, to ensure the fires of Bosnia spark reforms, not new confrontations.
What has made Russia and China consent to a role for the UN Security Council in Yemen, making the latter a "success story" for international cooperation, while at the same insisting firmly on obstructionism on Syria in the Security Council, by wielding a dual veto, three times so far?