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Ancient times and current concerns

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This is a city in Southeast Turkey, in the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, a geographical note that should give a hint to the city’s biblical roots and the ancient sites that hark back to the beginnings of human civilization.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The narrative plot against Syria

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When President Richard Nixon visited Syria in 1974, Syrians lined the streets of Damascus to greet him. Not all were delighted by his visit, though. “Isn’t that Nixon the same one you have been telling us for years is an evil man who is completely in the control of the Zionists and our enemies?” an eight-year-old boy asked his father. “How could you welcome him and shake his hand?”

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Exceptionalism

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In his speech last Sept. 10, postponing the vote of the US Congress on his plan to strike militarily at Syria, US President Barack Obama raised a row with Russian President Vladimir Putin over American “exceptionalism.”

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stop war zone rape and sexual violence

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Angelina Jolie

Each day, accounts of horrific crimes in Syria reach the outside world. Now the United Nations has confirmed that rape is being used to terrorize and punish women, men and children, during house searches and interrogations, at checkpoints, and in detention centers and prisons across the country.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Realities of conflict in Israel

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THIS Aug. 21 citizen journalism image, which has been authenticated based on its content, shows an old man mourning the dead after an alleged poisonous gas attack by regime forces in Douma, a suburb of Damascus. The chemical-weapons attack killed more than 1,400 people. AP

From Aug. 26 to 31, when images of US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were being beamed all across the globe, talking about the inconceivable horror of Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people and priming the public for what seemed to be the inevitability of US military intervention in Syria, I was wandering the Old City of Jerusalem. I was trying to make sense of a longer, albeit similarly intractable conflict—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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