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Syrian refugee camp on Turkish border. Photo by Voice of America News, Henry Ridgwell
Syrian refugee camp on Turkish border. Photo by Voice of America News, Henry Ridgwell


Clouds Over Charities For Refugees In Islamic Countries – Analysis

Governments seek aid for refugees, but want to prevent charitable donations from slipping into extremists’ hands. By Susan Froetschel* The murder and mayhem of Islamic State and other terrorists ruin the lives of those who must flee in more ways than one. The conflict poses danger and uncertainty for aid groups operating in the region, […]

Syria
Syria


Claims That Aleppo’s Synagogues Have Been Destroyed Are False – OpEd

Given the massive destruction in large parts of Aleppo, Syria’s former economic juggernaut near the Turkish border, including in the city’s Medina souk and Industrial zone, claims of even more dire damage to Syrian heritage sites would perhaps be understandable. Even if not backed up with probative material evidence and sometimes made for political purposes […]

Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.
Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.


Vatican, Pope Played Key Role In US-Cuba Prisoner Release

By Matt Hadro The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said. “Very importantly, the Vatican played a role in this as well,” a senior administration official said in a White House conference call with reporters on the […]

View of the dome of the Vatican's Saint Peter's Basilica from Borgo Santo Spirito
View of the dome of the Vatican's Saint Peter's Basilica from Borgo Santo Spirito


Vatican Final Report Thanks Women Religious

By Elise Harris The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging. Voicing thanks to women religious for their service to the Church, the Vatican congregation in charge of religious life also encouraged them to remember to […]

Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan


When Radicalization Becomes A Supra-Regional Threat – OpEd

If Azerbaijan and the Caucacus region in general have seldom generated much media attention, that it is not say that we, the public, should not be paying very close attention to this seemingly insignificant part of the world. Sitting at a geo-strategic knot of utmost importance, Azerbaijan might be small and clustered in between regional […]