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Yazidi girl freed after 4 years of Captivity under ISIS

  Today, February 13, 2018, another of our Yazidi angels, Hina Abbas, was freed and returned to her family from the hands of ISIS after almost 4 years. Another flower from Ezidxan’s garden was freed from ISIS hands We pray that all those who were kidnapped will also be liberated, and we hope that those in the West can do something to help the victims, who have been subjected to all kinds of rape and torture. No one deserves to be treated the way they have been. Who are the Yazidi People? The Yazidis are a majority-Kurdish-speaking religious group living mostly …

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Inside a Yazidi Refugee Camp: A Video Report from Camp Bersive

This Video was originally recorded by Khalaf Dakheel, a Yazidi from Iraq Background: The Yazidis have lived in refugee camps for over 3 years and belong to one of the most ancient religious communities in the world. The Yazidis have faced 74 genocides over the ages, and their plight has not yet been ameliorated although ISIS’ growth has been quelled in recent times. This video report was compiled by 16-year-old Khalaf Dakheel, a Yazidi resident of the camp, and our correspondent in Iraq, who produced the video using camera equipment he borrowed from his community, and self-taught himself how to …

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Poland’s Problematic Holocaust Law

Poland recently initiated criticism from foreign nations when its Senate adopted a law that effectively outlawed blaming Poland for Holocaust war crimes, and forbidding the use of “Polish Death Camps” for the German operated Nazi Concentration Camps in Poland such as Auschwitz. The new law imposes a 3-year prison penalty for anyone who participates in political speech that is considered to be anti-Polish. The sentiment behind criminalizing “Polish death camps” goes back many years and is shared by different political groups as millions of Polish citizens including non-Jewish citizens, died in the camps including academics and Catholic priests. #KoplowColumn: Israel bristles at …

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India’s Role in the World

While 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos was highlighted by addresses from various world leaders including the United States’ President Donald Trump, and meetings between the US Cabinet and other world leaders, one of the breakout discussions also involved a discussion on India’s role in the world with a panel moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to tackle the nation’s development issues. A Tale of Two Indias India is on track to become the most populous nations in the world, and to become the world’s third-largest economy. However, India also is home to the world’s largest number of poor, suffers from …

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A letter from a Yazidi Refugee- Meet Khalaf Dhakeel

Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published in The Jerusalem Post. By Khalaf Dakheel January 16, 2018 I’m Khalaf Dakheel. I am a 17-year-old Yazidi. My people have always been peaceful and non-aggressive. We believe in God and humanity and respect other religions. I grew up in a village called Wardia, near Sinjar, Iraq. We lived with honor and dignity. We were a very close community and pretty much kept to ourselves. When I was only 13 years old, we heard that the Islamic State (ISIS) was headed toward us and also that they were doing very bad things. We fled to the mountain, …

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In Davos Speech Trump affirms ‘America Open for Business’ & calls for foreign investment

This Friday President Trump gave a speech to the delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and affirmed his policy of ‘America First’, while also requesting for nations to increase their investment in the United States. The New York Times reported yesterday that there was a “rough consensus” that emerged over Trump’s two-day visit and that this visit showed the administration had “shown itself to be more pragmatic than advertised. This sentiment was echoed by Vas Narasimhan global head of drug development for Novartis, who attended a dinner Mr. Trump hosted on Thursday night with leaders of more …

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Highlights of Davos- Pres. Trump suggests trade deal with UK, Tillerson meets with Barzani of Kurdistan

President Trump arrived at Davos this Thursday to sell his “America First” agenda and network with world leaders. The President will address the forum on Friday after a reception in his honor with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Swiss President Alain Berset and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Meanwhile Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the leader of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani. In a statement before his flight on Wednesday, Trump stated “I’m going to Davos right now to get people to invest in the United States, I’m going to say: ‘Come into the United States. You …

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Turkey wages war against the Kurds in Syria

On Friday and Saturday the skies above Kurdistan province in Syria was alight with artillery and missile fire as Turkish forces attacked Afrin in northern Syria’s Aleppo governate in what Turkey calls “Operation Olive Branch”, with Turkey waging war on the Kurds. Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikili confirmed that Turkish forces had shelled areas in Afrin controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG. The YPG is the armed faction of the PKK Kurdistan Worker’s party, an organization the Turkish government has deemed a terrorist organization. The YPK is backed by the U.S. military, which plans to train 30,000 …

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U.S withholds $255m of Aid to Pakistan

As 2017 gave way to the new year, President Trump announced one of his first foreign policy objectives of 2018 to take a harder stance on Pakistan by cutting aid to Pakistan. The U.S. provides aid to Pakistan in several forms, including over $9 million in election support through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and between 2002 and 2010 Congress approved $18 billion in military and economic aid, as well as an additional $15 billion between 2010 and 2017. According to the State Department and the Financial Times, nearly 70% of military aid was misspent between 2002-2007 and used …

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Despite calls from Haley, UN General Assembly votes to repudiate US Israel Embassy Move

On Thursday the United Nations voted on a resolution to repudiate the United States’ call to move the American Embassy. Earlier this month, President Trump addressed the nation in a briefing to announce the United States’ plan to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Despite threats from the President to cut funding to the UN, and comments from US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, a resounding majority of UN Member States voted to reject the US’s decision. According to a tweet from Haley, she addressed the delegation and confirmed the US’s commitment to the UN as a …