The Humanitarian Cost of the Mosul Offensive

The Mosul offensive is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the 2003 U.S-led invasion. The second phase of the nearly twelve-week long campaign to drive ISIS out of its last major stronghold in Iraq began last Thursday. The Islamic State has been using Mosul’s urban landscape and its large civilian population of 1.5 million as a cover to maneuver and launch attacks undetected. Although vastly outnumbered by Elite Iraqi Troops in Mosul, ISIS militants still maintain full control of the terr...
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Red Alert: China’s Suffocating Smog Problem

Beijing, as well as a vast area from Xian in central to China to Harbin in the frigid north-east are in the midst of a hazardous “red-alert” smog. This is the second alert to be issued in Chin, the first warning was given only a little more than a week ago. Residents in Beijing especially are being advised to omit from going outdoors and are even undergoing restrictions on the use of vehicles, factories and construction work. The health effects are alarming. Long-term exposure to PM2.5—particul...
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After Paris: The Rise of Islamophobia

The terrorist attack on Paris last week left not only over a hundred dead and more than 300 injured, but it also prompted an alarming increase in Islamophobic and anti-refugee sentiments all around the world. After ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the French capital, a wave of hate crimes undulated through Europe, the United States, Australia and even Canada. This backlash is strongly reminiscent of the Islamophobia that gripped the United States after September 11. However, only 2 ...
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Merkel’s Short-Sighted Open-Door Policy: Uncertainty and Disdain Continue to Mingle in Germany

With the incessant refugee influx plaguing Europe, Germany has been the most generous and welcoming country to the migrants and refugees fleeing horrid conditions at home. While other EU members are scrambling to deter migration into their country, Germany has accepted 600,000 refugees so far and expect to receive approximately one million asylum seekers by the end of this year. Germany’s chancellor has maintained an unyielding and resolute stance in regards to her open-door policy. Merkel recen...
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