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Is the West Selective With Its Empathy Toward Refugees?

International media outlets inundate the world with images of broken-hearted mothers forced to flee Ukraine, seeking safety and stability for their young children. These noble women leave behind brave husbands, sons, fathers, and male relatives who desperately fight to protect their nation’s sovereignty from an oppressive invading force.  Foreign Policy details: “The silent suffering of…


Why the Clintons’ New TV Series About the YPJ Is Problematic

On January 25th, news broke that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and Sundog Pictures founder Sam Branson were to adapt author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice and make it a TV series. The Daughters of Kobani features the story of the…

Syrian children being checked by volunteers in Lezvos, Greece. Photo: Neda Kadri

Are We Becoming Indifferent to the Syrian Refugee Crisis as It Continues?

After five long years in the struggle for civility in Syria, the temporary cease-fire was a welcomed sigh of relief…that is until a refugee camp was blown to bits the very next day. The United States and Russia assured that they would investigate to determine who killed 28 and injured 50 more civilian refugees who…


Syrian Refugees Flee War-Torn Country for Cable TV?

If you were questioning your sanity after the Mike Huckabee Q&A, don’t worry — you heard him completely correctly. The former Arkansas governor said, in some attempt at twisted humor, “Are they [Syrian refugees] really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV?… [Syrian refugees] could…


Torture Victims Are Not For Display

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12,751 people have been tortured to death by Bashar al-Assad’s regime since 2011. Photographs depicting the bodies of those tortured and killed by the regime were smuggled out of Syria by “Caesar”, an anonymous ex-military photographer who defected and fled the country, as he was unable to…


Reflecting on ISIS as a Convert: A Brief 101

One of the most difficult things about being a convert to any faith is telling the people in your life about that decision. Personally, I waited a very long time before letting my friends and family know. If I had a time machine, I’d go back and wait even longer. My decision to full on…

Syrian internally displaced people walk in the Atme camp, along the Turkish border in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on March 19, 2013. The conflict in Syria between rebel forces and pro-government troops has killed at least 70,000 people, and forced more than one million Syrians to seek refuge abroad. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

Syria: Escalation and the Ballooning Refugee Crisis

More than 100,000 dead in 2 years. This astonishing figure is the ghastly reality for Syrians today, who now live in a country where no corner has been left untouched by the fighting between the government and a diversely composed band of rebels whose divergent motivations are unified only by the goal of ousting the…