Turkey’s Crossroads

An attempted coup occurred on July 15, 2016 in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. Segments of the Turkish army declared martial law during the early evening of July 15 and announced they had taken control of the government. The rogue faction of…

The “Disappeared” in Syria’s Civil War

Since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in March 2011, thousands of Syrian citizens have “disappeared” from the war-torn country. The civil conflict in Syria between supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel groups, which range from pro-democracy moderates…

Kurdish Youth Risks Execution in Iran

The Iranian government is likely to execute, Saman Naseem, a twenty-two year old Kurdish prisoner arrested as a minor. Naseem is a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority and was arrested in July 2011, at age seventeen, after allegedly participating in…

Treatment of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

The massive Palestinian refugee population in Lebanon has had limited economic and social rights in the country for the last sixty-five years. Lebanese laws that relegate the long-time Palestinian refugee community to second-class status may be inconsistent with international law….