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Empowering War Victims: Turkey-Syria Border, Part 2 of 6

Shermin Kruse | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Empowering refugees of war is no easy task. Every child in this school has seen blood spilled in their streets. That 6-year-old girl in the corner watched as her home was destroyed. The nightmares of that 10-year-old boy offering me his snack will not let him sleep.

Syria Rebels In South Are West's Last Hope

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a co...

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ma...

The Trap of Islam's Eternal Conflict

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

There are many things the U.S. can do to help degrade and destroy ISIS, as President Obama claims as his goal. But letting ourselves get buried deeper into the middle of this centuries-old sectarian morass should not be one of them.

Attack In Syria's Capital Kills 4 Nuclear Scientists

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the U.N. envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern ...

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

A Decade of a Silent Genocide

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Nuri Kino

Riyad is just one of many people who have seen extreme atrocities in their own families. His life and the lives of his family members illustrate the fate of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other indigenous people of Iraq. Before the war in Iraq, Riyad's family had a good life in Mosul. Then came the U.S. invasion and the fall of Saddam.

This, Also, Is the Middle East

Christopher M. Schroeder | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Christopher M. Schroeder

I can't tell you what Syria or Iraq will look like in a year, let alone three. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that what I wrote is true now and will only expand in coming years.

Never Forget, and Never Again

Paul Benjamin | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

The total population of Assyrians living in countries outside their native and indigenous homelands of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey outnumber those living in the original homelands by five to one. This is not by choice; rather, it is driven by ethnic persecution.

The Spirit of Life

Daniel Davis | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

It may seem like a such a small thing to alter the focus of a holiday for one night and for all the adults of this nation to set the day aside for prayer. But great things can sometimes be accomplished from small beginnings.

This Is Precisely Why I Became an Activist

Coming of Faith | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Coming of Faith

We recognize that lives are lost every day, every hour, every minute. But what we cannot comprehend is that in the times of today, there are people dropping dead at a shockingly high rate worldwide.

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

Steven Hassan | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Steven Hassan

The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.

Syria Exhibit at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

If "Never Again" means that the world will mobilize to stop mass atrocities -- genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity -- then the integration of an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum showing ongoing crimes in Syria that rise to that level belies our commitment to such a slogan.

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

Cracking the ISIS Conundrum -- Obama and the Arab World Part II

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Obama and his peripatetic Secretary of State John Kerry have worked hard to fashion a coalition of countries that would participate alongside the U.S. in "degrading and destroying" ISIS. So far, the support from the EU partners and the Arab partners has been more rhetorical than actual.

The Path to Healing in the Middle East

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Relations between nations and cultures have some parallel dynamics. When we feel threatened, dishonored or wronged, our natural tendency is to escalate and worsen situations based on the simple logic of our self-preservationist biology.

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

Celebrities Snap Selfies In Bed For Latest Campaign To Help Syrian Children

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact

Some celebrities want their privacy. Others take pictures of themselves shirtless in the sheets of their bed and want you to see it -- for a good caus...

Women of Syria Tell The Real Story

Hind Kabawat | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Hind Kabawat

My latest trip to Syria last month was different from all the other trips I have previously made to my country. The previous trips when I visited the refugee camps were joyful, optimistic and hopeful. The refugees continuously reassured me that they had a commitment to building a new and better Syria. This most recent visit was different.

Parish Priest, Dozens Of Christians Kidnapped In Syria

Reuters | James Mackenzie | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

ROME, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A parish priest and a number of Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey, the Latin ...

War Against Islamic State: Sowing Seeds of More Extremist Groups

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.