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Syria Crisis

Schizophrenia in Politics: Delusions and Deceptions

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Max Dorfman

Leaders from 180 countries gathered last week at the United Nations, as the bombing in Syria begins. Confusion reigns.

Whack-A-Mole: Our Strategy for Permanent War

Jeff Faux | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Words like "empire" and "imperialism" do not appear in the mainstream media. We opt instead for the comforting euphemisms -- "exceptional," "unique," "indispensable." Neither will our leaders admit the obvious -- that we have volunteered to sacrifice our youth and our treasure to keep our right to be the world's policeman, judge, jury and executioner.

Turkish Tanks Take Up Position On The Syrian Border

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Turkish tanks took up position on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday af...

What's the Exit Strategy?

Mike Smith | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

What's the Exit Strategy?

John Kerry Attempts to Bully CODEPINK into Silence

Ann Wright | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Ann Wright

Rather than trying to bully CODEPINK to stop protesting Obama-Kerry policies, we suggest that Secretary Kerry focus his energies on getting the Obama administration "allies" to stop aiding and supporting ISIS and its brutal regime of terror on civilian communities.

Assad Unlikely to Compromise for US Coalition

Antoun Issa | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Antoun Issa

Assad is confident the Syrian army, backed by its current allies, can defend its 'core' from the Islamic State and the rebels without greater external support.

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

What Will Become of Syria's Students and Scholars?

Allan E. Goodman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Allan E. Goodman

The academic crisis is even more dire than Iraq in war-torn Syria, where universities have been occupied or destroyed and thousands of students and professors have been displaced, threatened, or killed.

Is It Me?

Dana Agmon | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Dana Agmon

The United States is authorizing the never-ending arming of the world and then complains about people using it against each other or against it at home.

Syrian Refugee Barber Provides Haircuts To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact

Nawan remembers how powerful a simple gesture can be. As a barber forced to leave his home country of Syria due to civil war and benefiting from the g...

How Does This End?

Jordan Melograna | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Jordan Melograna

That whole litany of killing and more killing can be traced to previous leaders' reluctance to consider the results of their actions. This time, do you think our military action and the arming of militants will have a different outcome?

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

We Must Share Sacrifice Through Draft and War Tax

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As the U.S. launches its first airstrikes against ISIS, we must ask this crucial question: Who is paying for the war? Because, if indeed it is worth fighting for, all of America needs to chip in and share the sacrifice. It is time to reinstate the draft and a war tax to give everyone a real stake in decisions on war.

Obama Has Right Strategy on ISIS, But Harder Questions Coming

Ruben Gallego | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Those of us who have served in the military know the best-outlined plans can quickly be torn up by the realities of combat. The question facing the Obama administration is what happens next if things don't go according to plan?

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

ISIL's Abuse of Women and Girls Must Be Stopped

Catherine Russell | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Catherine Russell

Such viciousness against innocents exposes ISIL's blatant rejection of the most basic progress we have made as a community of nations and the universal values that bind civilization.

U.S. Pledges Significant Aid Package To Syrians Affected By War

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

(Adds background) ANKARA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday nearly $500 million in humanitari...

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

Report: Chlorine Gas Was Likely Used In Syria Earlier This Year

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villag...

Syria's Evolving Salafists Suffer a Crippling Blow

Charles Lister | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Charles Lister

Syria's largest rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham, lost almost its entire senior leadership late on Tuesday, in an as-yet-unexplained explosion that took place during a secret meeting in Syria's northern Idlib governorate near the border with Turkey.

Assad Urged To Seek Political Solution To Syria Crisis

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

ABU DHABI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged President Bashar al-Assad to seek a political solution to Syria's war, sayin...

The Islamic State and Christian Security

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Leona Foxx

King Carl XVI Gustaf walked down the aisle with the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. We opened the prayer service for peac...

Confronting ISIL -- What Next?

Fadi Elsalameen | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Fadi Elsalameen

We have seen a large number of atrocities, such as the beheading of journalists, mass killings, the selling of children into slavery as well as the sexual exploitation of women throughout ISIL lands -- all of which will persist and worsen without action.

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.