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Why you’re numb to the horrors in Syria, according to an empathy researcher

At least 99 children are among those slain following new government-led bombardments of eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Syria’s capital city of Damascus, …

The epic failure of our age: how the west let down Syria

The seven-year conflict has marked a tipping point in the balance of power between the US and Russia, and has triggered a strategic disaster whose ramifications are still playing out<p>It was a sunny morning on Saturday 31 August 2013 – Labor Day weekend in the US – when Barack Obama strolled into the …

War

Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster

Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa.<p>Chad was named for a mistake. In the eighteen-hundreds, European explorers arrived at the marshy banks of a vast body of freshwater in Central Africa. Because locals …

Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

WASHINGTON — Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely to be a target was the chief of security, Bill A. Miller.<p>Republicans …

U.S. State Department

America Never Understood Iraq

As the Kurdish crisis continues to spiral, a former diplomat laments a history of missed opportunities.<p>Days after the Kurdish Region of Iraq held a controversial independence referendum, Baghdad sent army and militia units to attack Kurdish positions in and around Kirkuk in the disputed …

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order<p>The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the …

When Rich Places Want to Secede

At the core of Catalonia’s separatist movement is an argument that a country’s better-off regions shouldn’t have to pay to cover their less productive counterparts.<p>The crisis kicked off by Catalonia’s contested October 1 secession vote has come to a head. Following police violence, imprisonments, …

2 Paths for Yemen’s War-Scarred Children: Combat, or Marriage

CAIRO — The girl did not know whether it was night or day when she plotted her escape from a house in Yemen. Her husband had locked the girl in a windowless room.<p>“He was mean to me because I didn’t want to touch him,” she said.<p>He was 35. She was 14.<p>But the girl, Mohsina, was not only a victim of …

Middle East

America’s secret role in the Rwandan genocide

The violence that shocked the world in 1994 did not come from nowhere. While the CIA looked on, its allies in the Ugandan government helped to spread terror and fuel ethnic hatred<p>Between April and July 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were murdered in the most rapid genocide ever recorded. …

Africa

How ISIS Survives the Fall of Mosul

Long after the city is back in the hands of the Iraqi government, it will continue to be a prop for the Islamic State—although an altogether different one.<p>Eight and a half months into the coalition-backed campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second city looks like it is finally on the brink of …

Iran Extends Its Reach in Syria

For the first time since the Syrian civil war began, Iranian-backed militias appear to have secured a road link from the Iranian border all the way to Syria’s Mediterranean coast. The new land route will allow the Iranian regime to resupply its allies in Syria by land instead of air, which is both …

Sanaa protest marks second Yemen conflict anniversary

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have rallied in the capital, Sanaa, to mark the second anniversary of a war between a Saudi-led military coalition and rebels who had overthrown the government.<p>The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink …

A few good Monuments Men: Saving art from looting and destruction — especially in the Middle East — is a military matter | Salon.com

<b>(Columbia Pictures)</b><p>A few good Monuments Men: Saving art from looting and destruction — especially in the Middle East — is a military matter<p>The British Army is recruiting experts who fancy themselves George Clooney 2.0 to preserve global cultural treasure<p>Noah Charney<p>December 11, 2016 7:00pm (UTC)<p>The …

Yemen's coast struggles with severe malnutrition as conflict drags on

SANAA, Yemen Sitting by her son’s hospital bed, Houdaid Masbah looks at her 5-year-old boy’s skeletal body and sunken cheeks, helplessness engulfing …

Kevin Rudd: My 10 principles to reform the United Nations, before it's too late

I will not now be a candidate for the position of UN secretary general but I offer these reflections to the next SG and to the UN member states<p>The United Nations is now 70 years old. And the world of 70 years ago was a vastly different place to the world of today. Global geo-politics is in the …

Geopolitics

These 2 maps show the next catastrophe that could affect the Middle East

As sectarian strife spearheaded by ISIS convulses the Middle East, and tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia only deepen, it is hard to imagine that a far more pressing concern could be threatening the region.<p>But a series of maps from the UN show that despite the awful suffering already occurring …

As Isis strikes, al-Qaida plays the long game in Islamist supremacy struggle

Attacks in Turkey and Bangladesh may be part of a desperate Isis attempt to keep the dream of a caliphate alive<p>If their aim is to capture public attention, then last week can be counted as a success for terrorists.<p>Despite the post-Brexit crisis, Islamist militants managed to cut through the noise. …

Airports

The French Culture Wars Continue

A few weeks ago, Laurence Rossignol, France’s minister for families, children, and women’s rights, went on a morning talk show, where the host presented her with a series of advertisements for new apparel “adapted for Muslim traditions,” such as headscarves (<i>foulards</i>) and full-body bathing suits, …

Religion

How the Curse of Sykes-Picot Still Haunts the Middle East

In the Middle East, few men are pilloried these days as much as Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot. Sykes, a British diplomat, travelled the same turf as T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), served in the Boer War, inherited a baronetcy, and won a Conservative seat in Parliament. He died young, at …

Middle East

US and GCC agree on bid to block Iran arms smuggling

Gulf Arab countries and the United States have agreed to deploy joint patrols to intercept ships smuggling Iranian weapons to Yemen.<p>The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said the bloc and the US would stage joint maritime patrols to stop weapons smuggling from Iran.<p>Tuesday's …

Saudi Arabia

U.S. Ratchets Up Cyber Attacks on ISIS

Military hackers are disrupting ISIS’s encrypted chats, implanting viruses in terrorists’ computers, and mining the machines to launch real-world …

Afghan teenager braves threats, family pressure to lead women's orchestra

KABUL (Reuters) - Like many teenagers, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak from Kunar in eastern Afghanistan loves music, but few people of her age have battled as fiercely to pursue their passion in the face of family hostility and threats.<p>Playing instruments was banned outright during the period of …

Trumpeter

Isis revenue drops nearly a third after loss of territory shrinks tax base

Jihadists including raising taxes and creating levies including fines for not being able to answer questions on the Koran, say US analysts<p>Islamic State’s revenues have dropped about 30% since mid-2015, forcing the group to introduce a range of new taxes, a research group has said.<p>“In mid-2015, the …

IHS

How Islam Created Europe

In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.<p>Europe was essentially defined by Islam. And Islam is redefining it now.<p>For centuries in early and middle antiquity, <i>Europe</i> meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or <i>Mare Nostrum</i> (“Our …

Proof of Life For Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls

A video obtained by CNN seems to show 15 of the girls kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria, alive as of December 2015.<p>A video obtained by CNN appears to shows some of the remaining kidnapped Nigerian girls who were taken by Boko Haram two years ago from a school in the country’s northeastern region. It’s …

Boko Haram Increasingly Using Children In 'Suicide' Attacks, UNICEF Says

Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram is increasingly using children in "suicide" attacks, a U.N. fund said Tuesday.<p>Boko Haram used four children in such attacks in 2014 — and 44 in 2015, according to a report from UNICEF. Nearly 1 of every 5 suicide attacks conducted by Boko Haram used a child, …