Category: Middle East

Yemen has been Starving to Death

Over half Mazrak camp's residents are children under 18-years old, many of them are malnourished, with upwards of a thousand cases of severe malnourishment.

While going through one of its worst conflicts with no hope for a timely settlement, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is going downhill. A few days ago, the United Nations published a worrying statement on how  Yemen and three other countries are about…

(You)th and Sustainable Development

The United Nations General Assembly room during a break in session. Photo taken by author.

The United Nations in New York City held the 55th Commission on Social Development from February 1st to 10th of 2017. This year’s theme was “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All.” The commission was attended by member…

Making Amends: U.S. Military Talks Turkey

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America’s former ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, once noted, “you have to deal with the Turkey you have, rather than the one you’d like to have,” underscoring the importance of America’s critical Middle Eastern ally regardless of its leaders’ ideological leanings.…

A Democracy in Dissolution

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It is interesting to note that in Turkish there are two words for peace. The first, barış, denotes reconciliation and togetherness. The second, huzur, has connotations of tranquility and stability, but not harmony or justice. This latter is the word…