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Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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.

Does Russia Hold the Key to the Syrian Crisis?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

That the U.S. and its allies are convinced that it's time for a regime change in Syria is one thing, but how can they in turn convince the Russians, who might be the only ones in a position to convince the regime in Damascus?

Shells Rain Down In Aleppo

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

By Erika Solomon ALEPPO, Syria, July 30 (Reuters) - The Syrian military stepped up its campaign to drive rebel fighters out of Aleppo ...

Washington and Damascus

Saul Landau | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Saul Landau

Amidst U.S. and European recessions, why provoke tensions in Syria where western intervention could provoke a new Cold War? So what should the West do to stop ongoing violence to civilians in Syria?

Red Cross Retreats From Embattled Syrian City

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

GENEVA, June 21 (Reuters) - Aid workers hoping to evacuate trapped civilians and wounded were unable to enter hard-hit areas of the Syrian city of H...

Syrian Troops Attack Suburb Despite Ceasefire

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

BEIRUT — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday wh...

Setting Up Triage in Syria: Strategies to Save a Struggling Nation's Minorities

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

The world must not allow the Syrian crisis to "play itself out," as some analysts have suggested: This threat to the country's minorities (many of whom are unarmed) is simply too great, and the consequences too severe, to play this sort of Russian roulette on a national-societal scale.

BLOODY ASSAULT: Families Flee As Syrian Troops Batter Town

AP | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.10.2012 | World

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press BEIRUT -- Syrian troops pushed ahead with a new assault on the northern region of Idlib on Saturday, shel...

144 Reported Killed In Latest Rash Of Syria Violence

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 04.28.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A Syrian activist group reported Monday that 144 people have been killed across the country, scores of them in the embattled opposition...