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  • A plea for Syrian refugees: ‘never again’

    8 hours ago

    Having spent a career helping women and civil society activists in the most challenging places on Earth, we thought we had seen the worst man could do. Helping society rebound in the killing fields in Cambodia; documenting Saddam’s genocide in northern Iraq; helping resolve...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    8 hours ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    16 hours ago

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Jacob in ISIL, or, The prayers of the refugees should be our prayers

    2 days ago

    As we read in last Shabbat's Torah portion, Jacob left Canaan for Paddan-Aram, not knowing whether he would return, asking for divine help. He negotiated with God — if you protect me and return me safely, only then will you be my God, only then will I worship you. (Gen. 28:20-21)

  • Why are we abandoning the Christians?

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.

    Yes, the Jewish...

  • This is not my America. Is it yours?

    5 days ago

    Two scary tweets fell into my feed yesterday. In the first, Linda Sarsour, a Brooklyn mom and activist shared, “When ur kids sends u a text w/ a link to a mayor invoking Japanese internment camps. ‘You think they would do that?’ OMG. My heart.”
In a reply, Suroor Raziuddin, a...

  • #WeAreNext

    By Rob Eshman

    5 days ago

    The campaign to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States represents a complete lack of faith — not just in Syrian refugees, and not just in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but in America itself.

    I would like to be able to say such a campaign is un-American, but...

  • Clinton: Saying ‘radical Islam’ plays into hands of ISIS

    6 days ago

    Using the term “radical Islam” plays into the hands of the terrorists groups seeking to destroy western civilization, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC Thursday morning, Clinton dismissed the...

  • Honduras detains 5 Syrians said headed to U.S. with stolen Greek passports

    1 week ago

    Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.

    The Syrian men were held late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital,...

  • Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane

    1 week ago

    Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

    The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold...

  • Israel says 90 pct of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels

    1 week ago

    Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels during a more than four-year-old civil war but a few were transferred to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. 

    Israel, which is expanding...

  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; new suspect sought

    1 week ago

    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance.

    Islamic State has claimed...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

  • Russian airplane crash over Sinai caused by bomb, Russia confirms

    1 week ago

    Russia has confirmed that a Russian chartered airplane that crashed over the Sinai was brought down by a bomb.

    “We can say definitely that this was a terrorist act,” Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service, told Russia’s Security Council on Tuesday, The New...

  • Republican Rand Paul to offer bill to halt U.S. visas for refugees

    1 week ago

    Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday he would introduce a bill to put an immediate moratorium on U.S. visas for refugees fleeing extremist groups.

    Paul, speaking after attacks in Paris last week linked to Islamic State militants, said he would halt visas for people from about 30 countries with major jihadist activity and impose a waiting period for people coming from countries that have visa waiver agreements with the United States.

  • ‘They’ll think we are the enemy’: refugees in Germany fear backlash

    1 week ago

    Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany fear that the attacks in Paris could further shift public opinion against the Berlin government's welcoming asylum policy.

    About a dozen men, smoking heavily, discussed the deadliest attacks in Europe since 2004 outside Berlin's Tempelhof...

  • Carnage in Paris sends shudders through tourist sector

    1 week ago

    The carnage in Paris has sent shudders through the tourism sector in one of the world's most visited cities with hotel owners, tour operators and others in the industry hoping the expected drop-off in visitors will not last long.

    Shares in tourism companies fell sharply across...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

    2 weeks ago

    At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    The explosions were the first attacks in...

  • Disagreements behind them, Obama and Netanyahu get down to business

    2 weeks ago

    It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the...

  • U.S. says 85-90 percent of Russian strikes hit moderate Syria rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Eighty-five to 90 per cent of Russian strikes in Syria have hit the moderate Syrian opposition, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Russia boosted its military support for President Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebels in the...

  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • Sunday Reads: Broken promises in Syria, A ‘dignified’ Rabin rally, Nabokov’s Jewish wife

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago


    According to Trevor Timm, the American special forces sent to Syria constitute another broken promise made by President Obama:  

    In 2012, Obama unequivocally said he would end the war in Afghanistan, and chided Mitt Romney the Republican nominee for not promising that. In...

  • Parents receive body of first Russian to die in Syria, doubt suicide

    October 27, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

    In an interview with Reuters at their...

  • Israel says citizen, likely Arab, used paraglider to enter Syria

    October 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country's Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.

    Israeli media gave the man's age as 23 and quoted investigators as...

  • Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us

    October 26, 2015 | 10:01 am

    An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar Assad.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on...

  • Arab citizens of Israel feel tensions

    October 26, 2015 | 8:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    This weekend, Israel’s security services went on high alert as rumors spread that an Israeli soldier had been kidnapped near Israel’s border with Syria. When the gag order was lifted, it turned out that a 23-year-old Arab...

  • I was held in Iran for 13 months: This is why I think Jason Rezaian may be freed

    October 22, 2015 | 1:37 pm

    Everything that's been happening to Jason Rezaian and his family over the past 15 months feels familiar.

    Jason Rezaian is a journalist. I'm also a journalist.

    Rezaian is from Marin County, Calif. My home is right next door in Oakland, Calif.

    I was arrested in 2009 along with...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Beings of no nation, but a world of refugees

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    So the world is awake.

    We thought all we needed was the indelible image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi and his delicate little body washed up on a beach to rouse us from passivity to passion regarding Syrian refugees.

    It wasn’t enough that for four years, we saw images of beheadings,...

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