Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?
Politics / World News

Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?

Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process? Continue reading

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis
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France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis

European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder Continue reading

The Islamic State is Erasing History
Culture & Art / Politics / World News

The Islamic State is Erasing History

In May 2015, news broke that ISIS had gained control of Tadmor, a small desert town perhaps better known as Palmyra, the home of the Middle East’s most beautiful historical sites. While the unsurprising fate of Tadmor’s inhabitants at the hands of Daesh did not cause much of an outcry in the West, the capture of Palmyra ignited fears over what lay ahead for the invaluable 2,000-year-old ruins. Continue reading

A Wasp Nest? When UN peacekeepers turn into abusers
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A Wasp Nest? When UN peacekeepers turn into abusers

Believe it or not, soldiers or mercenaries working far away from home can behave in “monstrous” ways. That has notably-but not exclusively- to do with them working under a strong sense of discipline and hierarchy which can become stifling and oppressive, in non gender-mixed environment, as well as within a context that lacks an intricate social fabric to give a constructive framework to one’s actions. Continue reading