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Sri Lanka's President Reaches Out to Donald Trump

It appears that Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's president, has reached out to America's president-elect Donald Trump. It's not clear precisely what language was used, though it looks like Sirisena wants Trump to help him sweep allegations of abuses that occurred during the nation's civil war under the carpet. Show More Summary

Lessons from Kirkuk for Mosul and Nineveh Province

Lessons from Kirkuk can inform plans to stabilize Mosul and Nineveh province after Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State. Kirkuk and Nineveh have similar characteristics. Both are made up of diverse ethnic and sectarian groups. Nineveh...Show More Summary

Is The World Waiting For Bana Alabed To Die?

So this is what the world has come to. Some in the global media are apparently anticipating the death of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, who has been trapped in eastern Aleppo practically all of her life. While they could not say it out-loud, there is a palpable sense of excitement in some media quarters. Show More Summary

What do the American and Syrian Civil War Have in Common?

In the story Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara experiences the food shortages caused by America's Civil War. Hunger is a horrible fate that no one should endure. Scarlett knows this. In the famous scene from the movie she vows, "As...Show More Summary

Turkish Police Say No Basis To Arrest People Over ByLock App

Photo credit: Cumhuriyet Just imagine the police storm your house, put you in a police van and drive away. For days, you remain under custody. You would be lucky if you're fed, allowed to sleep or at least not tortured. In about 10 days, you are brought before a judge who asks you about an iPhone app called Telegram that you downloaded 2 years ago. Show More Summary

In Iraq and Syria, Humanitarian Aid Workers Struggle Within a Strained System

By Thomas Arcaro, Elon University More than ever before, the humanitarian aid system as we know it is being stretched, questioned and tested. Among those bearing this strain are the individual aid workers. Humanitarian aid workers around the world provide vital material and medical support to millions of people displaced by violent conflict. Show More Summary

Explainer: the how, what and why of the latest HIV vaccine trial

Linda-Gail Bekker, University of Cape Town As the global quest for an HIV vaccine continues, Linda-Gail Bekker explains the significance of the latest large-scale trial underway in South Africa. What's the significance of the trial for the global fight against HIV? The world needs an HIV vaccine. Show More Summary

A burning question: why are Kenyan students setting fire to their schools?

Elizabeth Cooper, Simon Fraser University Over the past few years, students have set fire to hundreds of secondary schools across Kenya. The tally includes more than 120 cases in 2016 alone. Why students are setting fire to their schools...Show More Summary

The National Security Adviser

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appointed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser earlier this month. Flynn will play a pivotal role in U.S. foreign policy. His career's center of gravity was fighting in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Donald Trump And Climate Change: Why The United States Should Respect The Paris Agreement

In an interview with the New York Times, on November 22, 2016, Donald Trump said he had an "open mind" over US involvement in the Paris Agreement. During his electoral campaign he had proclaimed that he intended to "cancel' this Agreement. Show More Summary

Moroccan Women Shouldn't Be Asked To Camouflage Evidence Of Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, women in Morocco had multiple reasons to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. A segment on the daily TV program Sabahiyate, aired on Channel 2M, demonstrated how women could use makeup to cover up wounds and bruises brought about by domestic violence. Show More Summary

In Honor of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands: Letter from a Forgotten Jew

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilization, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent -- but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world. Show More Summary

Trump & Putin: What's Next?

As Donald Trump soon assumes the presidency, a fascinating problem remains Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin whom he seems to adore. They have numerous similarities. No Russian leader, save Yuri Andropov, ever came from the security forces before Putin. Show More Summary

We Must Investigate Russian-Syrian Forces' Role in Deadly School Bombing

LONDON ? Evidence is mounting of a war crime perpetrated by joint Russian-Syrian military forces when a school in a rebel-held village of Idlib Province was bombed on Oct. 26, leaving dozens of pupils and teachers dead. The bombing may...Show More Summary

This Holiday Season, Beware Of Turkey

In just under two months, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. As many of his predecessors learned before him, no amount of intelligence briefings, travel or business experience, or even previousShow More Summary

Trump Loves Winning, But American Generals Have Forgotten How

Cross-posted with President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. Show More Summary

Will Italy provoke a systemic financial crisis afterDecember 4?

Italy is on the cliff of a major debt and budget crisis. The Italian economy has been in a virtual recession while its public debt increased to 2,273 billion euros representing 132.7% of its Gross Domestic Product, despite a monetary policy that pushed interest rates at a record low. Show More Summary

Donald Trump is Wrong: Chinese Trade and Investment Benefits U.S.

U.S.-China trade benefits most Americans, but nevertheless becomes a political issue every presidential election. Four years ago Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went to the airwaves in Ohio essentially accusing each other of being economic traitors. Show More Summary

Three Weeks into the Trump Pre-Presidency

It is now three weeks since the U.S. elections, and except for writing a short piece that appeared in Helsinki in Finnish, this is the first time that I have put pen to paper to comment on them. I greatly appreciate the notes from several readers asking why I have been silent. Show More Summary

Candlelight and Youth Politics are Leading Democracy

[A protester holds up a candle at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul on Nov. 12, while attending a rally calling for President Park Geun-hye's resignation./ Source: Yonhap News] By AsiaToday reporter Jina Koh - With candles in their hands, they raise their voice and take action with youth politics. Show More Summary

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