Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.
Inevitably, the mass exodus of refugees from conflict areas was going to provoke the spilling into Europe of multiple disputes in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Spanish soccer is the first to feel the weight of the baggage that has turned vast numbers into destitute refugees.
The children of Syria have lost their lives and homes and schooling and innocence -- they have lost the precious and fleeting years we call childhood. Children deserve the right to be children, and we must make this as much a priority as every other consideration during this tragedy.
Saying that ISIS is a priority threat is ludicrous. It is a threat that needs to be eradicated immediately. But developments in Syria are not separate incidents divorced from each other. Every major movement in the country is closely linked.
Iran has two national security camps. The first is concerned with threats to Iran's revolutionary ideology and values, while the second is concerned with perceived threats to Iran's national security and interests. Iran's foreign policy is a function of who wins the argument of the day.
We would simply think and do what is best for others, as we would count them among our own kith and kin. And that's why this refugee crisis is my favourite crisis of all - because maybe, just maybe, it might teach us that our actions will return to us, if not today, then tomorrow.
When considering the timeline of events in Syria, it is quite possible that what is happening can be linked back to one important factor -- access to fresh water.
The Pope has shown himself to be an unusually effective advocate. Here's hoping that when he meets with President Obama and addresses Congress, he'll urge the United States to lead a comprehensive global campaign to address the crisis.
The Millennium Development Goals have been credited with saving and improving the lives of millions of people. However, they largely failed to reach the world's most vulnerable children.
Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?
It is difficult to see when all of this is going to end, but one thing has to be made clear: as long as Assad remains, the number of deaths, homeless, and displaced will continue to grow. The world community must acknowledge, once and for all, that the end of this humanitarian crisis depends on an end to the Assad government.
As people talk of 'surges' and 'swarms' of migrants, I think of the increasing number of refugee children arriving in the UK without anyone to look after them - unaccompanied, uncertain, alone.
Since March 2011, nearly 1,600 Syrian refugees have fled their war-torn country for the U.S., according to the State Department. And Illinois is one of six states taking in the most refugees.
The city's residents are currently selling all they own in order to bribe regime officers into letting them out, but smuggling people out of Deir Ezzor has become more expensive than migrating to Europe. With no end in sight and no intervention, Deir Ezzor is dying, slowly and painfully.
During those few minutes, while Ibrahim was crying, the land owner shared something with me. "You know, madame, dealing with sheep is much easier than dealing with these Syrian refugee children." My ears were listening to this man. My eyes were on Ibrahim. My heart was nowhere. It was broken.
Around the world, almost 900 million people go hungry every day. The precious crops and water that would sustain them are used to raise livestock. Moving to a meatless diet assures there will food for all of us.