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On Palm Sunday, Iraqi Christians March 80 Miles for Peace

ASHTY REFUGEE CAMP, Northern Iraq — “On this Palm Sunday, we thank God for liberating our villages from the Islamic State,” Father Youssef says in Arabic, addressing a small congregation in the Ashty Camp in Northern Iraq. Many of those gathered are Christians from the villages surrounding Mosul who have lived in the camp since the […]

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A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake news.” Pundits across the United States and around the world were quick to comment on the president-elect’s shocking behavior, some observing that it smacked of authoritarianism. Not Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president congratulated Trump […]

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Voices from Aleppo: “God Willing, We Will Return”

On Dec. 15, Ibrahim Abdul Laith, longtime resident of Aleppo and a volunteer with the media center of the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the “White Helmets”), sat in front of his camera and pressed the record button. “Maybe this is our last day in Aleppo,” he says, speaking softly, looking directly into the camera. […]

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In Greece, the Refugee Crisis Worsens While The World’s Attention Turns Elsewhere

Nea Kavala, Greece— “We weren’t expecting to be here very long,” Ayhan, a 28-year-old from Afrin, Syria, says, as she sits with her husband, Hozan, on a porch made of wood pallets outside their modest tent in the Nea Kavala refugee camp in northern Greece. “I only have two changes of clothes,” she continues, pouring coffee […]

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What are the limits to a principled opposition to intervention in Syria?

This article appeared in the National on October 16, 2016. Over the past month, the battle for Aleppo has reached fever pitch. Major hospitals have been targeted and destroyed, forcing already injured patients to be treated in makeshift clinics. Bunker-buster bombs – designed explosives to penetrate concrete and rock and destroy underground facilities, have killed […]