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Syrian Crisis

The People of Syria Speak Again

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

I have heard more times than I can count, especially since the start of the Vienna peace process on Syria last November, that Syrians are simply "tired of war" and that it is time to give up on the Syrian Revolution's core demand for the departure of the Assad dictatorship.

What is the World Doing to Stop Syria's Civil War?

Saad Khan | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Saad Khan

So many parallels can be drawn between Nazi Germany and the modern-day genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The former annihilated Jews, Romani people, homosexuals and those with any kind of disabilities. Assad and his Iranian backers have killed over 250,000 Syrians during the course of last five years.

I'm Grateful the United States Let Us In

Geoff Livingston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Thank you to all of our ancestors, those that left their homes for a better life in America and those that embraced the refugees of yesteryear, helping them find their way. I am grateful for what you built. I hope this generation continues those principles.

A Historical Beating Heart: The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis

Janis Cooke Newman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Janis Cooke Newman

The images are indelible. A truck abandoned in the safety lane of an Austrian highway, the word HYZA painted on its side -- a picture of a chicken standing in for the Y. Inside the truck, the decomposing bodies of 71 people escaping a war.

War: Thinking The Unthinkable

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What holds us back? Why have we been so stinting in assisting our Kurdish allies? What is it about this war that the America of Barack Obama, at least for the moment, seems not to really want to win?

Russia's European Game In Syria

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In the hell of bad solutions on offer for Syria, some are worse than others. And the one devised by Russian President Vladimir Putin is probably the most infernal of all.

The Plight of Refugees Echoes World War II Memories

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Elizabeth A. Havey

It will take months, years for us to see how the turmoil of uprooted peoples, the constant fleeing and suffering that seems to be taking hold of so many countries on our planet ends. In the meantime, let's do what we can to create positive change.

John Kerry: Administration Is 'Committed' To Taking In More Refugees Amid Syrian Crisis

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration aims to allow more refugees to resettle in the United States,...

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

Helping Feed Syrian War Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is asking for your help to save 1.7 million Syrian war refugees from starvation. WFP has launched the 1 Dollar for S...

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Canadian Hezbollah Commander Killed In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

BEIRUT, May 27 (Reuters) - A senior Lebanese-Canadian commander in the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah has been killed in Syria where he was...

Remembering Syria's Children

Maryam Saleh | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Maryam Saleh

Today, I realized something that has been easy to forget: It's not that people don't care, it's that they don't know, which is what makes my job as a Syrian-American and as a citizen of this earth in informing them so much more important.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Farah Mohamed

The Syrian Crisis Helped Revive Al Qaeda, Scholar Says | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- For a while, talk of al Qaeda had died down. American troops withdrew from Iraq, and Osama bin Laden was dead. But in 2012, that changed...

Protection in the Syrian Crisis

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Failing to protect civilians in the Syrian crisis represents a collective failure of the UN Security Council. Not only does it cast doubt on the UN's ability to prevent and punish genocide. It also calls into question a core principle of the world body.

Israelis Send Aid and Clothing to Syrian Refugees

Anav Silverman | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

Partnering up with an American Christian charity, Operation Blessing, and Israel's Reut Institute, Hand in Hand has been raising funds, sending and distributing humanitarian aid to Jordan's Syrian refugees throughout the past year.

Good Cop, Bad Cop and the Syria Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...

'Obama, You Can Learn A Thing Or Two From This Good Man'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.05.2013 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert has missed former president George W. Bush ever since the day he left the White House, but never more than during the build-up to a po...

Why Moscow Is Important to Pyongyang

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If war were to break out, the presumed influx of refugees into Russia could create a humanitarian crisis and a burdensome price tag for the Kremlin -- just as it would for China. Russia is similarly vulnerable to any radiation that may blow from the peninsula on to Russian territory.

Israel Apology to Turkey -- Key to Regional Peace?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Obama figuratively dialed Turkish PM Erdogan's phone and pressed Israeli PM Netanyahu to apologize for the killings of Turkish activists on board a "peace flotilla" headed to Gaza. Perhaps the relationship has been permanently altered over the last few years, but it may be the fulcrum for resolution of Syria and a broader Israeli/Palestinian peace.

Report: U.S. Weighing Direct Aid To Syrian Rebels | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

The Obama administration is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehic...

Does Anyone Give a Damn About Syria?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I was a Rabbi at a University. If 80 students had died in a military attack it would have shaken the foundations of the academic world. But in Syria it's just another day of indiscriminate slaughter.

Fatal Honors

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

The massacres in Syria are joined by a new and dangerous battlefield in the Lebanon. The reluctance of the West to act against the Assad regime and at the very least to close the airspace for Syrian fighter jets, makes the situation difficult for decent opposition powers.

Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

After more than 10 years of war against al Qaeda and the accompanying global "war on terrorism," we have failed to learn that our actions create reactions.