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Syrian Woman in Halak, Aleppo

Syria’s Forgotten Civilians


As atrocities committed by the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS or ISIL, dominate media headlines, we must not forget the civilians who have been suffering since long before IS gained a stronghold in parts of Syria and Iraq.

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Maryam al-Khawaja

The United States and Its Unafraid Ally, Bahrain


The United States, a long-time ally of the al-Khalifa regime currently governing Bahrain, is in a unique position to pressure the country to change its policies. The United States must take concrete action to condemn the Bahraini regime for its ongoing human rights violations.

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Nurse and Doctor in Qusayr, Syria

What Did President Obama Leave Out of His Speech on the Islamic State?


On the same turf that IS operates other actors are committing mass atrocities, while enjoying full impunity.

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While Syria Burns


I had mixed emotions about the latest "good news" on humanitarian aid in Syria. The U.N. Security Council has passed a long overdue resolution that -- if implemented -- will save the lives of Syrians trapped in desperate circumstances by the war.

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Doctor in Iraq

Attacking Health Care: A Common Denominator in Conflict


Last week, Human Rights Watch reported that the Iraqi government repeatedly targeted and attacked Fallujah General Hospital in Anbar province. Fallujah is a pivotal city in Sunni-majority Anbar province, which has long accused the Shia-dominated central government of persecution.

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