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?
This year, an estimated 500, 000 migrants have crossed into Greece from Turkey, with Lesbos being the number 1 arrival spot: nearly 330,000 of those immigrants made it there, leading the authorities to confess they are at a loss about what to do.
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.
Female commandos at the frontline in Damascus; a new neurological finding that could have powerful implications for people with reading difficulties; Boko Haram continues to claim lives in the midst of generalized media indifference; Amanda Knox is acquitted; Is Barbie the new spy into your house? Norwegian exemplary model of prisons and more in The Week in Review.