The horrors of the Syrian conflict are bewildering, and undoubtedly present some stark moral and political choices for European and world leaders. The question is whether or not they have the conscience to finally tale real action on them?
If the UK's airstrikes on Syrian targets lead to civilian deaths, panic and further refugee flows, who will be expected to look after those new refugees? Not Britain, presumably.
Failing to recognize Syria's crisis as fundamentally political and military in nature has led to a complete shortfall of ideas aimed at resolving it. Instead, governments across the world have substituted humanitarian assistance and refugee resettlement in place of concerted political action
Will someone please remind me when humans suddenly became intrinsically ranked in terms of importance? Oh wait, this never happened! So who gave the right for people to dehumanise these refugees from the most tormented homelands and turn them into an almost animal-like infection?
Visiting refugee camps in Eastern Turkey, I was appalled at the conditions I witnessed firsthand. Upon returning, I decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign in support of children living in the camps. The thing they need most of all -- and it might sound counterintuitive -- is to be able to play.
hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman. In July, the influential New York Times columnist and bestselling author sat down for an exclusive interview with President Obama.
Today we have a pre-eid celebration for the families in the hotel. Cake, balloons, toys and so much food. It is beautiful. Most, not all, are relaxed for now and allow themselves to feel happiness.
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.