If the public makes it clear that it will not let politicians sit idly by while people continue to suffer needlessly, then perhaps one day we may look back at these tragedies as the catalyst that pushed the world to become a better place for all.
Should the EU fail again in a future crisis, whether economic or humanitarian, the tide will surely turn in the 'Out' campaign's favour. Unless pro-EU campaigners swiftly make a positive case for the future of the EU, and why Britain needs to be a part of it, a 'Brexit' could be a very real prospect by 2017.
The obligation to provide protection for refugees is general and global: by all countries, for all refugees. Yet their movement across borders today is a perilous tangle of regulations that leave refugees and migrants unprotected, governments frustrated and their citizens outraged.
This happened because it's time for it to happen; this happened because a large group of House Democrats don't think the Iran nuclear deal is the end of what we can accomplish with diplomacy in the Middle East.
What is most diabolical about Putin's orchestrated defense of Assad wrapped in an anti-ISIS appeal is how much his brazen assessment is gaining traction in the least likely of places -- western Europe.
This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.
Houses of cards--trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East.
Because the cost of lost education is immense. Nowhere is the need more pressing than in the Middle East, where particularly the Syrian crisis, now in its fifth year, has pushed the capacity of basic social services such as education to a critical point. With currently over 700,000 Syrian refugee children out of school in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey, the huge cost in human capital of the lost years of schooling is frightening. We need new solutions now to fill the gap where traditional education does not yet reach.
Who 12 years ago could have imagined what we witness today in the Middle East? And much of it thanks to faulty or even deliberately altered intelligence reporting. Now history repeats itself.
Image from Kobane, Syria, courtesy of Handicap International In an editorial accompanying a study of casualty data from the conflict in Syria, the ...
According to the World Health Organization, there is no systemic association between migration and the increase of communicable diseases.
It is an irony of history that the same Germany that had set out to exterminate one group of "Semites," the Jews, in the last century is now laying out the welcome mat for another Semitic group, the Arabs -- considering that the majority of the migrants are from the Middle East -- in this century. So what caused the springs of human kindness to gush forth in German hearts?
After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.
There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?
"No," Assad-loyalists would rush to say when asked if the current Russian military build-up in Syria can be considered an "invasion" or indeed, a new foreign "occupation" of Arab lands.
The fight against ISIS is not going well. In Iraq, the Obama Administration's declared main theater of the battle, an anti-ISIS military offensive has stalled amid allegations of politicized intelligence.