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Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIS as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Heavy Clashes Between Hezbollah And Syrian Rebels Leave Many Dead

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 09.13.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after exp...

Israel's No-State Outcome

Clayton Swisher | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Clayton Swisher

Just as most combat outposts are either abandoned following a war or overrun in conflict, given present circumstances I believe the same fate awaits what is today called the Israeli state.

Syrian Refugee Women Face Harassment, Poverty: To Eat, 'You Must Eat Your Dignity'

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact

HALBA, Lebanon (AP) — Before she began working as a hairdresser, poverty forced Syrian Umm Mahmoud to seek donations for food and rent money to surv...

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Rebuilding Countries by Building Leaders

Hardy Vieux | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Let's dream big for a moment. And let's build a regional leadership institute in Jordan that will nurture young Jordanian and Syrian leaders.

What The West Can Do If It's Really Serious About Middle East Peace

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

How can the West then play a constructive role in the Middle East? It can use its powers of persuasion to promote collaboration on an issue that is the major driver behind a lot of the region's conflicts. I am talking about water.

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
Rana F. Sweis

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.

Persistent Modern Sacrifice

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

In this troubling and complex world it still feels good to have simple answers, to place all the blame on particular individuals whom we have learned to despise and fear. When ancient societies felt pressures similar to this they commonly engaged in the practice of human sacrifice.

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Ban Ki-moon

Dangerous sectarian tensions, massive movements of refugees, daily atrocities and spreading instability make the civil war in Syria a global threat. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake across the devastated landscape that is Syria today.

When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?

Education That Makes a Difference

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Societies in conflict need dynamic thinkers and leaders to help resolve and recover from that conflict.

Syria Hands Over Last Of Declared Chemical Weapons Stockpile

AP | By TOBY STERLING and MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS | Posted 08.23.2014 | World

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completin...

When Is the Science Settled?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

The first stage in planting doubt is to deny the evidence. When the evidence can no longer be denied, the second stage kicks in with its disingenuous claim: "The science isn't settled." This most cynical trick of disinformers exploits a germ of truth that strikes at the heart of all science.

Iraq: A Desperate Flight From ISIS's Advance

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

The Obama administration and its allies need to make sure that any military support or action does not further human rights abuses, and to press Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to create a genuinely inclusive government -- a key to weakening the allure of groups like ISIS.

My Country Is Gone

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

The bombings alone didn't force Anout and her family to flee their home in a small Syrian town near the border with Iraq. Nor did the missile attacks. Nor the scarcity of food, the closing of all the schools, the loss of electricity. Anout's family -- two boys and three girls -- endured all of it.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Syrian Diaspora: The Za'atari Refugee Camp (PHOTOS)

David Maurice Smith | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
David Maurice Smith

The Za'atari refugee camp has become the gateway for the majority of the 600,000 Syrians that have fled their homeland since seemingly innocuous government protests escalated into a bloody civil war.

Our Mandate Is Held Hostage by a Political Conflict

Ertharin Cousin | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Ertharin Cousin

We must raise the alarm! In Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles every day, that further limi...

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

She Is an American Girl: 72 Hours in Syrian Refugee Camps

Amanda Jaber | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Amanda Jaber

The tears began to mix with the shower water streaming down my face as Tom Petty's "American Girl" blasted from the thin speakers of my iPhone. The desperate words, "Why don't you help us," echoed in my head.

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

The UN Security Council and the ICC: No Accountability in Syria for Now

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Tiina Intelmann

Justice for the victims in Syria will not be possible for now but the resolute and principled action of States Parties has brought a discussion of accountability to the table. As the United Kingdom stated, the collection and preservation of evidence will allow justice to be done -- eventually.

Mortar Hits Pro-Assad Election Rally

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In the first attack to target a campaign event, a mortar shell slammed into a tent packed with supporters of President Bashar Assad, k...