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The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

26 Inspired Quotes on Peace

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

No matter what your politics, philosophy, religion, nationality, race, creed, color, or astrological sign, I think it's fair to say that ALL people on...

Gaza Returns to the Status Quo Ante, As If Nothing Happened

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

What have Israel and Gaza's populations achieved after over a month of death, injury, fear, and utter chaos?

Egypt Calls On Israel, Palestinians To Start 72-Hour Cease-Fire

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a ...

The Cairo Talks: Mediation or End Game in the Gaza War?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

On the face of it, the gap between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating position would seem hard to bridge. Lifting the Gaza blockade would hand Hamas a political victory. Demilitarization would constitute a political defeat.

The Gaza Saga Continues

James Zogby | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With or without an infusion of massive amounts of international aid, clearing away the mess of this war will take years. Streets can be cleaned, but the wounds, both physical and mental, will not soon heal, nor will the survivors easily erase the feelings of helplessness, despair and anger with which they have been left.

Homesick for the Bomb Shelter Capital of the World

Leigh Flayton | Posted 10.05.2014 | New York
Leigh Flayton

On the day after the FAA implemented its flight ban to Israel, it was business as usual at Isaac B Salon on Second Avenue, near the United Nations in New York.

Pornography of Pain: Why the Heartbreaking Images Out of Gaza Are Hurting the Palestinians

Philippe Assouline | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Philippe Assouline

I can't remain focused on the broader picture even though it affects my own children: I just want the physical pain that I am subjected to by these heartbreaking images to cease.

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses; What Should We Do Now?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

We have more time to organize. Everyone in the world who wants to end the blockade of Gaza should have a plan in place to put ending the blockade at the top of the international agenda so that when the ceasefire starts, we don't have to brainstorm from scratch what our response should be.

Deconstructing Israeli Claims

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

War is ugly and truth is certainly the first casualty of war. But the fact is that this war on Gaza, which began with a lie, has continued with Israelis and their apologists hoodwinking the world that they had little choice but to go into this war to protect their own people.

Playing With Ceasefires

David Hearst | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
David Hearst

Israel's traditionally pragmatic and more realistic military and security establishment must now be telling Netanyahu what a mess this operation will become if he persists with it.

Before Unleashing Gaza-Like Airstrikes on Iraq, Congress Must Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the early hours of Friday morning, Gaza's Ark - the boat preparing to sail from Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports - was hit by an Israeli missile and caught fire. When dawn broke Friday morning, little was left of the boat.

Netanyahu's War: What Is It Good For?

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

A just war must have a just end, and the just end must be sufficiently good to more than compensate for all injustices caused by the war. There is no plausible story that Netanyahu's war is a just war.

'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to Hear

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

We need to hear the word "ceasefire" from the lips of major diplomats and strategists. The people of Syria will die without it, and everyone will gain something from ceasefire.

CeaseFire Funding Drying Up Fast, Closures Take Hold

Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago

CeaseFire, the Chicago-based anti-violence group at the focus of the 2011 documentary "The Interrupters" is shutting two of its offices as funding dri...

The Problem with Ocalan's Peace

Andrew Self | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Andrew Self

This week, jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan made a historic call for the PKK to lay down their arms and withdraw from Turkey.

If the Pope Called for a Christmas Ceasefire in Afghanistan, Could 'Ceasefire!' Enter Mainstream Debate?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

If Pope Benedict XVI called on Western leaders to announce an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan for the Christmas holiday, mainstream media would report it and Western leaders would have to respond. If we could stop the war for one day, it would set an important precedent.

Another View: Timeless Conflict in the Middle East

Diane Eagle Kataoka | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
Diane Eagle Kataoka

Despite the author's bias, The Haj provides an insight about the Middle East. Indeed, Uris considered his book, published in 1984, to be a warning of what could happen.

Gaza: Clarifying Israel's Intentions

James Zogby | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.

After the War in Israel and Gaza: The Hope That Remains

Ahmed Charai | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Ahmed Charai

All concerned should pull back the lens -- from Israel and Palestine, where so much attention is focused, to the vast region around that tiny place, where changes are afoot with profound implications for Palestinians and Israelis.

Why Is Vice Using CeaseFire To Sell A Game About Revenge Killing?

Gapers Block | Posted 09.19.2012 | Chicago

Last Wednesday, controversial violence prevention group CeaseFire announced it had changed its name to Cure Violence. Just a couple days prior, the...

Chicago Is Failing Half Its Population: The Young Are the Victims

Molly Moynahan | Posted 09.06.2012 | Chicago
Molly Moynahan

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgI'm very grateful to the teachers who cherished my boy, but I want to drop the ladder back down and help every child, support every teacher, encourage every parent and remind the mayor that children are living through hell just trying to go to school.

Teen 'Marked For Death' Charged In Girls' Shootings

Posted 07.14.2012 | Chicago

Updated story An 18-year-old Chicago man has been charged in connection with the shooting of two girls earlier this week, one day after he surrende...

CeaseFire Creates 'Interrupters' at Street Level

Mike Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
Mike Smith

With murders at a 37 percent increase in Chicago, the mayor needed to stop the bleeding occurring due to violent crime. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Chicago is turning to street gang ex-cons and neighborhood insiders or "interrupters" to help treat the virus.

Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague..To Cure It

Gary Slutkin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Gary Slutkin

Human history is filled with tragic blunders that fail to put their finger on the problem, and actually compose a "solution" that has no value. This is where we are today, relying on prisons as solutions to reducing the epidemics of violence.