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Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Revisiting the Arab Spring   I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, when a stupid, illiterate “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason and I remember when and actually […]

How the Muslim Ban is going to affect my gastronomical life

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP   By Ahmed Tharwat Donald Trump our new Czar, the political ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians on national TV during GOP debates. In his crusade against Muslims and Islam, the leader of the civilized world, replacing the leader of the free world, called for […]

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

The Arab World: What Went Wrong

Karam Al-Masri/AFP   By Sami Jamil Jadallah In order for the Arab world to catch up with the rest of the world, not in buying weapons or engaging in more wars (27 wars among Arabs only and counting), but to catch up in education, science, technology, vocational training, job training, employment and rights of citizenship, […]

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Syria:13,000 secretly hanged in Saydnaya military prison

Cesare Davolio   By Amnesty International A chilling new report from human rights NGO Amnesty International has exposed the “cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners” in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a […]

The Weapons Wizard

By Ricardo Swire Mainstream media reports usually expound about superpowers America and Russia’s warfare engagements on various offshore fronts, the USA able to deploy 1,400,000 Active Military Personnel to match Russia’s 766,055 of a similar status soldier.

Trump signs new executive orders at the Pentagon

UPI photo   By Kanwal Abidi President Trump, on Friday at the Pentagon, signed an Executive Order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that terrorists cannot get into the United States.

Will the world remain the same in 2017?

AFP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi The human story is formulated by birth to planet earth via the womb, the adventure that defines what was hidden from our consciousness exploring every event that unfolds our destination within the realm of existence.

President Erdogan’s sins

By Sami Jamil Jadallah With the rising anger toward Turkey in the Arab world, perhaps I am one of the few who truly believes in the Turkish Miracle under the leadership of then President Abdullah Gul and now President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

Nicole Tung   By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

Hasim Kilic/Reuters   By Umit Bektas, Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

Poetry

Patrick Tombola   By Ahmad Al-khatat

The Third Border

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean nations’ importance as the US “third border” is often overlooked. America and Canada depend on law enforcement cooperation in illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and financial crimes that threaten both foreign and regional security interests.

Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria

John Moore/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   Comparing and Contrasting Venezuela and Syria   The world stands by in horror watching the Syrian War crisis unfold in the news. Now with over 150 countries, paramilitary groups and terrorist groups involved, there is no answer to the question of how to create peace. The harsh […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

Journalism is not a crime

JFO photo   By Rafah Al Saad Each year the second day of November marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo   By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]

300 civilians killed in just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria appear to have killed some 300 civilians, according to new analysis from human rights NGO Amnesty International today, despite US claims that only one person has been killed by such aerial attacks.

No let-up on illegal African migration to Europe

Aris Messinis/AFP   By Joe Khamisi “Just like a Slavery Boat” was one of the headlines the New York Times recently chose to describe the dehumanizing conditions in decrepit wooden boats African migrants use to escape misery, authoritarian regimes, ethnic massacres and poverty, to seek a better life in Europe.

Trump vs Clinton – Let him without sin throw the first stone

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Hazel Speed Unlike President Obama, I am not as an English/British person ‘poking my nose’ into American politics.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

Poetry

By Penn Kemp

Suing governments over terror no sure thing despite U.S. Sept 11 law

Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters   By Mica Rosenberg Families of Sept. 11 victims and others who may seek to sue foreign governments accused of supporting terrorism in the United States still face significant legal hurdles, despite a boost from passage of a law allowing such cases to proceed.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: God Bless, Not Bash, America

By Cynthia M. Lardner   Prologue   Having been an American expat living in the Netherlands for a year now, I have listened to vociferous criticism of the United States. There seems to exist an international sentiment that the U.S. is singularly responsible for resolving every conflict and handling every crisis. One recent article went […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

Joseph Eid/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a […]

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.