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White House Looking for “Under the Radar” Routes for Syrian Refugees

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:25pm 5/1/2016 at 7:25pm
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Apparently, the White House is bowing to pressure from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (yes, such a position actually exists) and is going to look for alternate ways to bring Syrian refugees into the country.

Fox News reports:

The Obama administration appears to be bowing to international pressure...

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Syrian War Criminals Pose as ‘Refugees’ in Germany

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:30am 4/7/2016 at 11:30am
Germany: Syrian Refugee with war crime record

On Tuesday, German police in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia arrested a Syrian man charged with serious war crimes after arriving from Syria. The former militia commander is suspected of pillaging, plundering and committing brutalities against civilian in the city of Aleppo, Syria. The initial reports have not confirmed if the suspect entered Germany using a...

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Google Wanted to Topple Syria’s Dictator?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 12:00pm 3/21/2016 at 12:00pm
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Emails released from Hillary Clinton’s Secretary of State cache show Google executives interest in Syria.

Jared Cohen, Head of Google Ideas at the time contacted the State Department in 2012 about a project that encouraged Syrian government defectors. Google planned to work with Al Jazeera to disseminate their defector map.

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Acknowledge The Armenian Genocide, Too

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:00pm 3/18/2016 at 12:00pm
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The subtext in Secretary of State Kerry’s agonizing over whether to label ISIS’s systematic, premeditated rape and slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shi’ites in Syria is what it means for the million-and-a-half skeletons in Turkey’s closet.  There is little objective doubt that during World War I, Turkey murdered around 1.5 million...

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Ralph Peters: Putin Now Realizes Iran a Serious Threat

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:00pm 3/16/2016 at 9:00pm
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In a rather surprising move, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he would begin withdrawing troops from Syria the very next day.  Those of us watching the Middle East carefully were not only surprised by the move but also intensely curious about possible motivations and what the move will ultimately...

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Putin orders Russian troops to begin withdrawal from Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:20pm 3/14/2016 at 2:20pm
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This is actually a big deal, if for real.

The Russian air force and associated troops manning the airfield and anti-aircraft systems have been responsible for many of the recent gains by Syrian, Hezbollah, and Iranian-backed foreign militias fighting to keep Assad in power.

Russia Today, generally perceived as pro-...

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Migrants Demanding Passage Across Greek-Macedonian Border

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 29, 2016 at 2:30pm 2/29/2016 at 2:30pm
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Iraqi and Syrian migrants rioting at the border used posts to break through the border fence and began hurling rocks at police officers. Macedonian police fought back with tear gas Monday.

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A Disaster called Obama’s Middle East Policy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00am 2/18/2016 at 10:00am
Obama Foreign Policy Disaster in Syria and Middle East

With each passing day, it gets more and more difficult to ignore the monumental disaster that Obama’s foreign policy actually is. Nowhere is its utter failure more glaringly evident than in the Syrian Civil War.

But first, let us not underestimate the pathologies of the Middle East that have led to the present disaster in...

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Sweden’s Troubles With Refugee Assimilation

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:00am 2/13/2016 at 7:00am
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James Traub writes in Foreign Policy on the situation facing Sweden in its attempt to absorb the recent wave of Syrian/Iraqi/Afghan newcomers.

At the outset of the article, the author may seem to be leaning towards blaming Europe for not being more magnanimous, and to be making a false analogy to WWII...

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The Costs of Outsourcing America’s Foreign Policy to Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm 2/10/2016 at 2:00pm
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While President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have assured us that the nuclear deal with Iran has delayed war, Tony Badran in a devastating critique of the administration’s foreign policy last week wrote, “Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran...

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The Quiet U.S. War On Russian Corruption

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:30am 2/7/2016 at 10:30am
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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added five more Russians to the Specially Designated Nationals List pursuant to the Magnitsky Act on February 1.

In a press statement, a senior State Department official noted that one of the officials had nothing to do with the murder of the eponymous Sergei Magnitsky,...

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UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm
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As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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What if Assad were overthrown?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 1:25pm 1/27/2016 at 1:25pm
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“Getting rid of Assad” often comes up as a throw away line in political discourse, particularly during Republican presidential debates.

Overthrowing or replacing Bashar al Assad would be easy enough, the U.S. has deposed and replaced plenty of tyrants in its day, but seldom does anyone discuss what would happen in...

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Madaya – the starving town you probably never heard of

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 7:50pm 1/10/2016 at 7:50pm
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You probably never heard of Madaya.

It’s a town in Syria near the Lebanese border that has been under rebel control, and now is under seige by Hezbollah and the Syrian regime.

And the people are starving to death. That mass starvation has received very little media coverage in the U.S....

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Soros: Don’t Let Demagogues Make You Fear ISIS

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00am 12/29/2015 at 7:00am
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One of the things that I find amusing about the Democrats’ war on the Koch brothers is the fact that it seems to be based more in projection than in fact.  George Soros is notoriously behind and/or involved in a slew of progressive initiatives, websites, and assorted pot stirrings.

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Meeting Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 7:00am 12/27/2015 at 7:00am
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WAJ Intro: Mirit Hadar is our friend in Ithaca. She is Israeli, and is traveling to Greece over winter break as a volunteer with IsraAID. Mirit will post about her journey, at Legal Insurrection and her own website. This is her second post. Part 1 is here.

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Volunteering was mostly about meeting people,...

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My Journey to help Syrian Refugees in Greece

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:00am 12/23/2015 at 7:00am
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WAJ Intro: Mirit Hadar is our friend in Ithaca. She is Israeli, and is traveling to Greece over winter break as a volunteer with IsraAID. Mirit will post about her journey, at Legal Insurrection and her own website, periodically over the next two weeks.

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