The Turkish downing of a Russian jet that crossed into its territory while bombing targets in Syria complicates even further the play of contraries in an already bewildering set of Mideast conflicts. The episode introduces a fresh tension that could well pit NATO, of which Turkey is a member, against what Gopalkrishna Gandhi calls a fledgling new NATO, or New Anti-Terror Organization, that French President François Hollande is trying to organize globally in the wake of the Paris attacks. Hollande meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. (continued)
Bringing down the monster won't be easy or happen quickly, even in the best-case scenario. It won't happen at all if we deny refuge to victims of Islamic State terror abroad and demonize Muslim-Americans at home. We're better and smarter than that -- or at least we should be.
As you sit with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, please ruminate about the fact that you would not be having that Thanksgiving dinner if your family or forefathers were not once welcomed into this nation just as the Syrian refugees have every right to be.
This Thanksgiving, in spite of the horrible news, I am following the wise advice of the psalmist and giving thanks.
These dismal, cowardly responses by our nation's leadership are reverberations of precisely what the perpetrators of the Paris attacks have sought: to trigger terror in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.
The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.
Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.
Me and a group of friends on Twitter decided to get together to start a campaign with the hashtag #1in5Muslims to show that the vast majority of Muslims are just really normal people who oppose the abhorrent views of Isis and the like and with many mocking the survey with jokes and made-up facts.
The First World War started over less. Jets from Turkey, a member of NATO, shot down a Sukhoi 24 fighter from Russia, a state with around 7,700 nuclear warheads, over Turkey's border with Syria.
Fear is a powerful drug. Those who would act out of fear (and in some cases political opportunism and bigotry) have disregarded the lessons of WWII and the world's shame at the treatment of refugees, especially Jewish refugees, who were turned away and sent back to death at the hands of the Nazis.
Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.
One thing is clear: radicalisation doesn't happen in a vacuum. The bullies who seek to twist and darken the souls of confused young men (and they are largely young, and men) prey on this, pouring poison into their ears.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Yola, conservative parties have made a strong push to keep refugees away from America's borders.
It is, incredibly, exactly 10 years since the word 'truthiness' first appeared, courtesy of Stephen Colbert. I know this because I didn't just feel it to be true - I looked it up... And 10 years later, the ugly truthiness is back.
This government has made many false economies, with its disastrous policy of austerity that has failed both in terms of restoring our economy and retaining our essential services and infrastructure. But the Foreign Office austerity could turn out to be some of the most damaging of all.
ISIS wants to trap Syrians in its perverse nightmarish world and has released propaganda videos calling refugees back. By welcoming those who have escaped, we send a message to ISIS and Assad simultaneously: Your people have chosen freedom, we are proud to offer it to them. Your threats will not shake us.