A Tale of Two Presidents’ Failures to Stop Terrorists. “Proceeding almost chronologically, the documentary details the transformation of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from thug into jihadi leader, determined to erect an Islamic caliphate. “From the mistake-ridden [continue reading].
Middle East Crisis
What happened to the water supply in Flint? The state of Michigan switched Flint’s water supply in 2011 from Lake Huron to the notoriously filthy Flint River. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the corrosive water, and it ate into the [continue reading].
Having fled Islamic State and crossed the border, a lost generation skips school for a life of back-breaking hardship. Khaled, a 12-year-old boy, said his parents were too poor to send him to school. Instead he toils in the fields for two five-hour shifts when the work is [continue reading].
The parties to the conflict in Yemen should release captured children and make a commitment to not re-enlist child soldiers, Human Rights Watch said today. Parties on all sides of the conflict have used child soldiers, who are an estimated one-third of the fighters in Yemen. [continue reading].
While reading The National’s article titled “After a year in Yemen, our resolve is firm”, I could not concentrate on the weak words, because the images of what the Yemen war and blockade looks like for the men, women, children and babies are far more powerful. [continue reading].
Iraq was a goddamn mess. The Iran-Iraq war destroyed the economy, killed boatloads of people and left people impoverished. The first Gulf War resulted in mass destruction and worse oppression (and more poverty). The 1990’s and its sanctions regime was devastating, with a [continue reading].
HBO describes Michael Ware’s film as “an illuminating window into the origins of a modern terrorist organization,” which is an apt characterization. Yet while watching it is no picnic due to the graphic nature of what’s on screen, “Only the Dead See the End of [continue reading].
In a bustling office in the suburbs of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, eleven-year-old Raed quietly begins to recount his ordeal at the hands of ISIL. It does not take long for his eyes to well up. Raed is one of the few children who have escaped from ISIS camps. Thankfully he was [continue reading].
These organizations and campaigns provide a range of aid: immediate relief with clothes, food and shelter; schools and training programs; rescue efforts inside Syria for after an attack and emotional support for kids; one group is even finding homes in Europe for refugees [continue reading].
Stacey Dooley traveled to Greece last month: “I’d completely underestimated the enormity of the situation...” she observed almost immediately. This is her story. Families arduous and dangerous journey seeking new lives in Western Europe. Sorry folks, I have removed [continue reading].
We’ve all seen news reports of the migrant crisis and of course you watch with interest and sympathise with the mother with her infant, evidently struggling. We say ‘God, this is awful’ and then go and make a cuppa. I started off in Lesbos. When I arrived, the situation [continue reading].
The anguished, tear-soaked face of a father cradling his baby daughter’s lifeless body has given rise to a global cry of outrage and shaming directed at the United Nations. Her name is Zainab, and here is her little figure wrapped in a blue, paper shroud, with her [continue reading].