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    Turkey and US face off in Northern Syria

    In the Northern corner of Syria, bordering Turkey, two million Kurds live in a state of order as compared with the rest of the region. They have democratic and focused governments and a strong security force. Elsewhere, the once glorious cities of the Middle East have been ravaged by evacuating residents, drone strikes, insurgent guerilla fighting, and daily mortar shelling. In Kurd-controlled Syria, the largest ethnic minority in the fighting country lives in a state of order, as the region continues in violence. Kurds speak their own language and maintain a strong sense of self-determination and nationalism for their lands. In Syria, the Kurds have long been a repressed minority,…

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    Saudi Arabia and Iran sever ties

    By Julia Long In the first days of the New Year, Saudi Arabia officially severed all diplomatic ties with Iran, after an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran. The attack was prompted by the execution of a well-known and outspoken Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, by Saudi officials. The majority of Muslims in Saudi Arabia are Sunni, whereas the majority section in Iran is Shiite, so it’s not as though the two nations have never been at odds. The Sunni-Shi’a divide has existed for centuries, nearly as long as the religion itself, but never before has the conflict between them become so inflamed. While each country has backed…

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    Malala Yousafzai opens a school for girls

    By Landis Urquhart Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, recently established a school for female Syrian refugees ages 14 to 18. Yousafzai believes education is essential to success and achieving one’s potential and therefore has vowed to help children get the education they need. She opened a non-profit organization to help fund the school known as the Malala Fund, which will continue to raise money to build more schools. Many adolescents, especially young girls, living in Syria do not have access to education necessary for employment. Students learn 21st century skills related to technology; education similar to a liberal arts degree in college. With this education, Yousafzai…

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    Why is Russia rushin’ into Syria?

    By: Julia Long The civil war raging in Syria for the past four years has not only shaken the region, but also the world. Talks regarding airstrikes and counter-terrorism efforts in Syria between the US and Russia are so tense because of individual interests taking priority over concern regarding terrorism or crimes against humanity. Over the past couple of months, talks between the U.S. and Russia have done little more than establish the conflicting positions of each country rather than build to a compromise. The largest underlying issue between the two nations at this point is that their loyalties in the Middle East lie in different places. Russia backs the…

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    Dealing with the ISIS crisis

    By Maggie Hassel According to the New York Times, recent polls show that Americans generally support the airstrikes against ISIS currently taking place in Syria. Another part of Obama’s plan for dealing with this particular crisis in the Middle East involves a “U.S.-led coalition.” This, as far as anyone –policymakers included– can tell, involves the U.S. and some other Western, industrialized nations providing training and weapons to “moderate Syrian rebels” and dropping bombs on ISIS bases. “I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq,” said Obama in a Sep. 10 speech announcing the plan. Here’s the most obvious problem with this “action:” whoever…