David Pratt: Syria war affects us all – turning a blind eye is not...

David Pratt SEVEN years on and still the haunting pictures of a mother or father, their dead babe in arms comes to us daily from Syria. Seven years on and still the faces filled with...

After Parkland, a new generation finds its voice

Teen activists are pushing for changes to gun laws via marches and walkouts in the wake of the recent shooting in a Florida high school. Their emerging power may be changing the long stalemate...

As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections?

Lower and middle levels of government appear to be readying defenses against meddling, say experts. Robert Mueller’s indictment shows the United States knows a lot about what the Russians have been doing. The problem...

Turkey will not emerge victorious from the battle of Afrin

Abandoning the Kurds to slaughter would be a major moral defeat for the West. By AKIL MARCEAU Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, must be turning in his grave like a whirling dervish....

The carnage in Eastern GhoutaSyria’s war heats up again

With Islamic State routed, the Assad regime is pounding rebel-held towns with no regard for civilians The Economist THE UN Children’s Fund says it no longer has words to describe the suffering in Syria. In an...

Why Justin Trudeau Is Being Snubbed in India

The Canadian prime minister’s trip could nonetheless help him with a voting bloc he covets. KRISHNADEV CALAMUR  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t hidden his fondness for foreign leaders. He has embraced them, tweeted at them, and sent them...

French far-right targets mixed-race teen playing Joan of Arc

Choice of 17-year old, whose father is from Benin, to play Joan of Arc prompts torrent of racist abuse Agence France-Presse The French city of Orleans has for the first time named a mixed-race teenager to...

How Will Iraq Contain Iran’s Proxies?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani may be the only man who can—but he’ll need help. RANJ ALAALDIN In June 2014, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading Shiite clergyman in the world, called on all able-bodied Iraqis to...

As Muslim women we don’t need you to speak for us, and we don’t...

Ghena Krayem We face an ongoing struggle to be heard. This denies us the very agency that is claimed we don’t have in the first place Rebecca Solnit, in “Men Explain Things to Me” writes: “Every...

Secretive Fraternities Are Feeding Anti-Semitism in Austria

The youth organizations can be an incubator for the far right. ANNA GOLDENBERG VIENNA—Like many Austrian fraternities, Germania zu Wiener Neustadt sometimes uses a songbook at its get-togethers. It looks ordinary enough, with its red cover,...

Time to Admit the Afghan War is ‘Nonsense’

Exclusive: Officially, the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating...

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on expanding entertainment sector

Kingdom wants to reverse the trend of Saudis splurging in neighbouring Dubai and Bahrain Agence France-Press Saudi Arabia has announced plans to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total...

My First Day as CIA Director

Former CIA analyst and founder of Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern, in this tongue-in-cheek article, outlines steps he would take on Day One as CIA Director to get to the bottom of Russiagate. By...

Selective Outrage Undermines Human Rights in Syria

Selective outrage over civilian suffering in Syria – hyping Syrian government abuses while downplaying the effects of U.S.-led Coalition air strikes – undermines the legitimacy of human rights advocacy, argues Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Few things threaten the...

Analyst Reveals Real Reason Behind Boko Haram Kidnappings

Sputnik spoke to Professor Paul Jackson of Birmingham University, who has spent time analyzing the militants from Boko Haram terrorist organization. Boko Haram terrorist group has kidnapped over one hundred girls in north-eastern Nigeria. The incident marks...

Nationalism in heart of Europe needles EU

By Jenny Hill BBC Berlin correspondent Grinning cheerfully as he swipes his mop neatly across the glass front of an optician's shop, Sandor the window cleaner tells me he doesn't think much of Hungary's ruling...

Prospects for Change in Iranian Foreign Policy

Mahmood Sariolghalam While the January 2018 protests that swept across Iran were a reminder of the country’s unpredictable domestic politics, the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy and national security priorities have proven remarkably consistent since the...

Tackling Women’s Underrepresentation in U.S. Politics: Comparative Perspectives From Europe

Saskia Brechenmacher Summary:  Despite differences in political institutions and culture, the United States could borrow from European approaches to increase women’s representation, especially at the state and local levels.   Summary The United States has fallen behind most...

White House: Role of Kushner unaffected by security clearance

It is unclear what security status Jared Kushner requires to work at a high level on the Middle East peace process. By Michael Wilner WASHINGTON – Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior...

Syrian conflict 101: A 2018 guide to the main factions

A tracking of the conflict. By Seth J. Frantzman The Syrian civil war is often characterized a complex conflict with so many sides and players that it is impossible to understand who is who. This...