Peopling a war

Books | UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD: Profiling the Syrian war’s rebels, jihadists, and casualties
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/20/18, 11:29 am

Perhaps one day we can read as history Rania Abouzeid’s No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (W.W. Norton) and be grateful for her meticulous attention to detail and to humanizing a brutal and misunderstood conflict. For now, as the Syrian war grinds on, Abouzeid brings us uncomfortably face to face with its ongoing horror. That hard encounter, plus the persistence of U.S. policymakers and others in doing the wrong thing, is why No Turning Back is our Book of the Year in Understanding the World.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ariel Schalit

Hamas agrees to cease-fire in Gaza

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/13/18, 12:09 pm

UPDATE: After firing hundreds of rockets and mortars into Israel in the past 24 hours, Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza said Tuesday they accepted a cease-fire brokered by Egypt. There was no immediate word from Israel on whether it agreed to the deal, too. An hour before the Palestinians made their declaration, the Israeli Security Cabinet said it had ordered the military to “continue operations as needed,” following a six-hour meeting.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Trump weathers Armistice Day barbs

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/12/18, 11:39 am

Close to 70 world leaders gathered in Paris Sunday to commemorate Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Germany’s agreement to cease fighting against the forces of the British Empire, France, Russia, and the United States took effect at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the event, used the occasion to warn about the dangers of nationalism. Macron called nationalism a “betrayal of patriotism,” adding, “The old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos and of death.” Some saw the speech as a swipe against U.S.

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