US lawmakers Can Still Undo a Wrong in Afrin, Syria

In an unprovoked attack on American Kurdish allies in Afrin Syria, the Turks have continued a two-month long air and ground campaign with no end in sight. The Kurds have partnered with the international coalition including United States in defeating the Islamic State in Syria, most notably in recapturing Raqqa, the capital of the so … Continue reading US lawmakers Can Still Undo a Wrong in Afrin, Syria

‘Operation Olive Branch,’ A Turkish Invasion of Kurdistan

On January 19, the Russians proposed an ultimatum to the Kurds: Allow Assad to have full authority over Afrin, Syria, or face a Turkish invasion. The Kurds of Afrin naturally rejected the offer, prompting the Russians to withdraw their troops from the enclave. The Turks invaded the very next day. The dilemma Kurds faced could … Continue reading ‘Operation Olive Branch,’ A Turkish Invasion of Kurdistan

The Middle East is Changing, it is Time to Adapt

The ever-changing political landscape of the Middle East requires for new alliances to take shape, especially as a new threat emerges: Iran. The growing Iranian expansionist ambitions in the region pushes former foes ever closer. A perfect example is the sensible ties between Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Israel. Despite … Continue reading The Middle East is Changing, it is Time to Adapt

Stand up to Erdogan, protect ethnic and religious minorities in Syria

Turkey’s latest incursion into the Kurdish- held territory of Afrin, located in northwest Syria, is yet another provocative and illegal act by the fascist Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Afrin has historically been a predominately Kurdish region. Afrin survived the brutal Assad regime, al-Qaida affiliate groups and Islamic State (ISIS), and now Erdogan has opened … Continue reading Stand up to Erdogan, protect ethnic and religious minorities in Syria

Seven Years In, Assad Continues to Use Chemical Weapons

The Assad family is no stranger to the use of chemical weapons. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez, used the prohibited weapon against his own population in 1982 in the city of Hama, where he massacred 20,000 Sunni Syrians. His son Bashar is reported to have used chemical weapons at least six times since the … Continue reading Seven Years In, Assad Continues to Use Chemical Weapons