iOS app Android app

Syria Crisis

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 09.10.2014 | 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.

What's Wrong With U.S. Foreign Policy?

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The first U.S. foreign policy problem is obvious: it's not working. We've been unable to bring democratic stability to the Middle East. The second problem is that Washington politicians are unwilling to explain why our foreign policy isn't working.

New UN Human Rights Chief Warns Of A 'House Of Blood' In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The new U.N. human rights chief urged world powers to protect women and minorities tar...

In Syria, Uncovering the Truth Behind a Number

Matt Easton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Matt Easton

Citing the precise and shocking figure of 191,369 known killings over three years, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the Security Council's inaction in unusually strong language.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

It's Not a Competition of Suffering

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Nuri Kino

Abu-Adil, my source within IS, sees all of us as unfaithful. The man at the dinner party. My friends in Stockholm. The journalist in Turkey. To him we are all infidel pigs, and we shall either convert, pay religious taxes, die och flee.

France Arrests 16-Year-Old Girl Suspected Of Trying To Join Islamists Rebels In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

PARIS, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city o...

Israel Claims To Shoot Down Drone From Syria

AP | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that it shot down a drone that entered Israeli-controlled airspace from neighboring Syria, heighte...

3 Million and Counting

Gregory Beals | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Gregory Beals

With Syria's war well into its third year, another depressing marker has been crossed - now more than 3 million men, women and children live as refu...

The Invisible President

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I was at the gym, minding my own business, when the President took over all of the televisions in the room to make his big announcement: The plan is...that there is no plan.