Middle East


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Lampedusa: Europe’s Border Isle

By Jackie Olson An Italian island with a population just over 6,000, Lampedusa was once considered a secret vacation getaway for Europeans, receiving almost 50,000 tourists a year. Now, due to its proximity to the…


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The Next Crusade

By Javan Latson Two hundred and fourty-one United States soldiers were killed in a bombing at the marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.  It was the deadliest attack against U.S. marines since…


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Mexico, Syria, and the Executive Order

By Victoria Herring President Trump signed an executive order on January 27, 2016 that banned immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries in order to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists”: Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya…




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An Unholy Alliance: Turkey’s Support for ISIS

by Christopher Zhang   “They just let them pass” commented local Kurds on the Syrian border with Turkeys, witnessing the migration of dozens of ISIS militants, clad in black, over the Turkish-Syrian border to join the fight…


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The Rebuilding of Palmyra

By Isabelle Sagraves   On March 27, 2016, the ancient city of Palmyra was recaptured from the Islamic State by Syrian forces, but the city that they recaptured was not the same as the city…


Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) attends a wreath-laying ceremony with members of the High Military Council at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Erdogan Versus the Parallel State

By Javan Latson   Another blow was struck against democracy in Turkey this past week. Policemen with orders from the Turkish court stormed the headquarters of Turkey’s most popular newspaper, Zaman. Far from a peaceful…