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Syrian Civil War

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.

How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees?

Heather Arias de Cordoba | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Heather Arias de Cordoba

The refugees in Syria may be different in their religious beliefs from many in western cultures and those of Europe, but in my humble opinion, they do not deserve to be treated as though they are the enemy.

Frenchman Identified In ISIS Audio Claim Of Paris Attacks

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The voice of a jihadist claiming Islamic State's responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris has been identified as a 3...

Iran's Plan to Confront a Post-Assad Era

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Shahir ShahidSaless

Iran has created a large paramilitary base in Syria that aims to hold a few key areas, primarily Damascus, to dictate its presence and influence regardless of what sort of government may appear once the Syrian civil war ends. Iran emerged as a decisive political power in Lebanon and Iraq.

REPORT: Mustard Gas Used In Syria

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

THE HAGUE, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were ...

Here's The Latest Potentially Fatal Flaw In Obama's ISIS Strategy

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- The U.S. acknowledged on Wednesday that it has been supporting Kurdish forces in Syria with American aircraft deployed in Turkey, adding ...

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'F**k The Politicians'

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts

Conscience does not make a coward of Benedict Cumberbatch.  The "Sherlock" star has made a habit of taking arms against the sea of troubles...

ISIS Beheads Two Syrian Activists Who Documented Terror Group's Crimes

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.30.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Syrian activists Ibrahim Abdul Qader and Fares Hamadi were lucky enough to escape the Islamic State’s wrath in the besieged city of...

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.

Europe's Refugee Crisis and International Accountability

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Stephen Zunes

The 17-point planned unveiled at the recently-concluded summit of European leaders addressing the refugee crisis may help mollify some of the worst aspects of the humanitarian and political crisis engulfing Europe, but much still needs to be done.

Substance and Symbolism in Obama's Foreign Policy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.24.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

There is a fundamental disconnect between the substance and the symbolism of President Obama's foreign policy. This is not a case of saying one thing and doing another. In the case of the Obama administration it is a case of saying one thing but delivering it in a style and with imagery that belies its authenticity.

The Future of Syria

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

The coming years for the world seem to be an interesting set of possibilities. Yet, with knowing the negative possibilities, we should strive for the better results. The war in Syria has rippling effects, which could be positive or negative.

Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

He Saved A French Journalist In Syria. Now He Seeks Asylum In A Europe That Doesn’t Want Him.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

MYTILENE, Greece -- On a cold February day in Syria nearly four years ago, Edith Bouvier lay strapped to a stretcher inside a water pipelin...

A Legacy of Failure: Obama's Mideast Foreign Policy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.18.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

While not all of the current problems gripping the region are necessarily the White House's doing, the responsibility for a poorly defined, often contradictory foreign policy that has resulted in a marked decline of American influence there, must be squarely placed at the President's door step.

No, Arab Gulf Countries Are Not Taking in Refugees

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While the Arab states of the GCC might not have officially resettled any of the Syrian refugees, it would be incorrect to say that Arab states have not received any of the millions of Syrians who have been displaced since the civil war began.

Toward a People's History of the Syrian Uprising -- A Conversation with Wendy Pearlman

Danny Postel | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Danny Postel

In the increasingly disfigured debate about Syria, it is scarcely even remembered that it all began as a popular uprising--indeed, as a nonviolent and non-sectarian one whose goals were dignity, justice, and freedom from a one-family mafia torture state in power for more than four decades.

Obama: Putin Is Not 'Challenging' My 'Leadership'

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.12.2015 | Media

President Barack Obama exchanged testy words with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday over Russian President Vladmir Putin and ...

Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.10.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The United States now finds itself in a difficult position in Syria. American supported rebels are coming under direct attack by Russian military forces. If the U.S. challenges Russian planes it risks a potential escalation and a military incident between American and Russian forces.

Russia's Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- All the hoo-ha over Russia's Syrian military intervention probably stems from the sense that this initiative could mark the birth of something serious -- a non-Western coalition whose objective is precisely to preempt NATO-style regime change projects.