President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday temporarily banning all refugees and suspending entry for 90 days for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the name of protecting the United States. But experts say his claim is not backed up by data, and the order will likely ...

The fighting in Syria – and ever-rising death toll of civilians caught in the middle – is so horrifying that many seemingly have chosen to look away. Though hundreds of thousands are killed and millions more are forced to flee, headlines from one of the worst humanitarian atrocities on record ...

MOSUL, IRAQ — Ahmed Salam received a printed citation signed by an Islamic State fighter for shaving his beard and wearing tight-fitting, Western-style clothes. Considering how others were treated for similar infractions under the extremist group’s rule in Mosul, Iraq, Salam got off extremely light. “If Daesh (what Iraqis call ...

Donald Trump is a provocateur as well as a mythmaker, two qualities that should disqualify a presidential candidate and would be extremely dangerous if he were to become president. Start with a speech Trump made last Thursday in Portland, Maine. In the midst of his normal pitch, he said, “The ...

After six years of war, I find it difficult to imagine what Syria will look like after it all ends. Villages resemble ghost towns, while lawlessness and violence allow warlords to thrive. Whether you’re in a rebel-held enclave or a government controlled area filled with thuggish paramilitary forces, the loudest ...

It is now almost six years since the Syrian Revolution began, and to this day, the concept of an “ideal” end state remains vague and out of reach. Will Syria become a democracy or will it remain a dictatorship? Will the country remain technically united but suffer from conflict between ...

Today, five years after democratic protests against Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime turned into open civil conflict, the ebb and flow of inconclusive military campaigns has, according to United Nations (UN), cost roughly 250,000 lives—what many see as a conservative estimate. From this cauldron of conflict, groups like ISIS ...

Germany has been hit by four attacks in the past week, three involving refugees. Last Monday, a 17-year-old refugee thought to be from Afghanistan injured a handful of people with an axe and knife on a train near Würzburg. On Friday, 18-year-old Ali Sonboly – born in Germany to Iranian ...

An image of a drowned Syrian boy washed up on the beach clearly signifies a failure on the part of the global humanitarian system. A Syrian father attempted to save his family via a boat trip organized by human smugglers, but the journey ended tragically. While such incidents should serve ...

Today in Europe there are more people made homeless by wars and conflict than ever before in recent history. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, called it “the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.”  Although the refugees flooding Europe are from many parts of the ...