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?
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
Terrorism wages war on those who refuse to be subordinated to terror and hatred. Hate breeds hate, and fuels violence. We have to be ready to break that cycle. We have to keep our hearts open, even when tears choke our throats and fear threatens to take over our lives.
Why is Russia intervening in Syria? What is at stake for Moscow? When did the Russian intervention in Syria start? Get all the facts straight with this week’s infographic!
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.
On 15 March 2011, civil protests erupted in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Daraa. Four years later, the unrest has turned into a seemingly endless war, causing the death of thousands, the exile of millions, and the rise to international fame of Daesh / ISIS. Faced with no other option, many Syrians have fled to neighboring countries; thus began the slow and steady trickle of refugees into Syria’s smallest neighbor, Lebanon.
25 – 31 May 2015 The Week in Review is a weekly column that highlights some interesting, outraging, and heartwarming events and stories of the past week. Its ambition is not to be exhaustive or to recap major political events; it’s more of a personal take on news or stories that made the author react …
This week: The francophone network TV5Monde hacked by terrorist group Daesh; Dutch people are growing taller faster than other people; another Black man, Walter Scott, is shot in the back by a police officer; Ikea produces mobile shelters for refugees; and fracking causes the earth to tremble in Oklahoma.