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Syrian Civil War

Mass Deaths In Syrian Jails Amount To Crime Of 'Extermination': U.N.

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.08.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the ...

What Washington's Apathy Towards the Iran-Russia Alliance in Syria Means for the War

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

Russia is not hiding its goals in its Syrian war, and is not ambiguous about its alliance with Iran, Iranian-backed militias and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Moscow decided from the outset that the war in Syria is a Russian war on "Islamic terrorism," and will not stop until it declares victory.

Tens Of Thousands Flee To Turkish Border As Aleppo Assault Intensifies

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.07.2016 | World

ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Sy...

Far From Enough: the U.S. and EU Donated Less Than $5 per Capita to Syrians Last Year

Jan Egeland | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jan Egeland

OSLO, Norway -- Governments closing their borders to Syrian refugees often claim they help Syrians best "in their own region." But it is a myth that they provide Syrian war victims with significant aid. It may be a surprise to many that the assistance to the Syrian crisis has been so halfhearted and halfway compared to the magnitude of the needs.

Daesh: A Misogynist, Racist Caliphate

Saad Khan | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Saad Khan

a'esh's ambition of winning the obligation of the entire Muslim World will only remain a pipedream. It rose because the Iran-backed Shiite militias and the Iraqi army left no stone unturned in persecuting the hapless Sunnis.

"It's Obama's Fault," In Rhyme

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

If one believes nay-saying conservatives: It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD, For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee. It's Obama's ...

A College Student's Guide to Syria

Jordan Houston | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Jordan Houston

For the average college student, it's hard enough to juggle classes, exams, job applications, internships, clubs, and sports...let alone keep up with the details of a situation as complex as the Syrian civil war.

The Crowded Syrian Battlefield: Is a Turkish Invasion Next?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Amidst these multi-pronged, often overlapping and sometimes directly clashing campaigns, there has been mounting evidence that Turkish military forces may be readying a ground offensive into Syria.

Post Sanctions Iran: Now What?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

If Iran truly was close to announcing the acquisition of nuclear weapons, then the agreement will defer the development and deployment of such weapons, assuming that Iran does not cheat on the agreement, for at least another decade.

How A Truck Stuck In The Mud Nearly Derailed A Plan To Save 60,000 Syrians

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Following international outcry over the Syrian regime’s tactical starvation of civilians in Madaya, there seemed to be a glimmer of...

Saudi Arabia's Act of Strategic Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it is determined not to allow Iran free regional reign. By creating the crisis, Saudi Arabia also hopes to disrupt the warming relations between Iran and the U.S., which it views as contrary to its interests. In addition, Saudi Arabia hopes to undermine the EU's drive for rapprochement with Iran, as it otherwise has the potential of becoming the largest trading partner with the EU.

Syrian Residents Are Starving To Death Inside Besieged Town

Vice | Jade Walker | Posted 01.07.2016 | World

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a pregnant woman and her daughter tried to sneak out of Madaya, a mountain village perched in the snow-capped mo...

Saudi Arabia's Declaration of Independence

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.03.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The U.S. words of support notwithstanding, the announcement marked the latest move in Saudi Arabia's increasingly assertive and, from Washington's standpoint, independent foreign policy. It is the latest in a series of Saudi moves that underscore a significant foreign policy shift.

Was 2015 Such a Terrible Year? And What Will 2016 Look Like?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
The Conversation US

Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world's population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016.

U.N. Vote, Candidates' Debates Open Syria Space for Obama

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

If grinding military stalemate is the prerequisite for political compromise, Syrians may be reaching that point. Certainly states in and outside the region are now prioritizing destruction of Da'esh over dismantling of Assad's regime.

How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.

Leaders Bombing Syria Are Ignoring Syrians. We Need Civilian Protection.

Save Our Syria | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Save Our Syria

Not a single Syrian has been at the negotiating table -- despite repeated assurances that any future transition would be Syria-led and Syrian-owned. We want protection from the barrel bombs, cluster munitions and chemical weapons that suffocate, maim and kill our children. Unless the participants at Vienna recognize and act on our calls for civilian protection, talks will lack legitimacy and will not secure peace.

Meeting With Actual Syrian Refugees Didn't Change Ben Carson's Mind On Keeping Them Out

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

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Ben Carson Visits Refugee Camp, Says Middle Eastern Countries Should Absorb Syrians

AP/HuffPost | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics

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Roy Scranton on Terror, Climate, Anthropocene and What They're Terrified of You Knowing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Like many angry teenage idiots, I read "Howl" and it turned me into a poet. When I saw it was published by City Lights, I made it my mission to someda...

Turkey Downs Putin's Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Saad Khan

The incident reflects the growing brazenness of the Russians after their much-touted quasi-invasion of Syria. It also indicates the limits of Russian power, contrary to what President Putin loves to boast about.

Illinois Senator Dares Governor To Meet With Refugees He Wants To Ban

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urged Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) this week to rethink his opposition to letting Syrian re...

How Millennials Feel About Syrian Refugees (video)

GVH Live | Posted 11.21.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Siraj Hashmi After the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, 352 wounded and one of the most powerful European nations in mo...

GIve Us Your "Huddled Masses," but "Syrians Need Not Apply!"

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

We need to face the reality that we played a significant role in creating the refugee crisis by overthrowing the Iraqi government in 2003 destabilizing the region. We now have a moral responsibility to those who are fleeing the warzones in Iraq and Syria.

An Open Letter To Republican Governors: Let The Syrian Refugees In

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Western openness exemplifies our best values. Unlike tyrannical regimes like Assad's or roving bands of murderers like ISIL, such openness is inclusive. Tolerant. And by being tolerant at home, we promote tolerance abroad. We lead by example.