Heartbreaking Before-and-After Photos of Palmyra’s Monuments Destroyed by ISIS

Heartbreaking Before-and-After Photos of Palmyra’s Monuments Destroyed by ISIS

ISIS has been on a mission to destroy historical sites representing Syria’s culture and heritage, leaving it in total destruction. Last year, ISIS decimated the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, ripping its heart out by bombing landmarks that were labelled as UNESCO heritage sites, leaving what was once a famous archaeological destination in rubble. Photographer Joseph Eid shows just how badly Palmyra […]

ISIS Has Its Own Messaging App Called ‘Alrawi’

ISIS Has Its Own Messaging App Called ‘Alrawi’

By Sarah Sockar

It is no surprise that the Islamic State, most commonly known as ISIS, always goes a step too far and they are now using a new weapon: a secure smartphone app. After being kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram and other similar messengers, ISIS started using a new Android encrypted app named “Alrawi,” which makes it more difficult for […]

Understanding The Iraqi-Syrian Refugee Crisis Pre-Daesh

Understanding The Iraqi-Syrian Refugee Crisis Pre-Daesh

A refugee – a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster is unfortunately a common thing for Arabs to be. Typically the catastrophes Arabs seem to be running from are not natural disasters, rather disasters stemming from inequality, corruption, and instability due to political […]

#ThisIsEgypt From a Foreigner’s Perspective

#ThisIsEgypt From a Foreigner’s Perspective

By Tim Greenwald

  In today’s world, we are shaped by the information we receive from social media and/or television news. In many ways, society seems to have lost its ability to think critically and to distinguish fact from opinion. In reaction to recent events involving extremist groups like Daesh and Boko Haram, people on social media have taken […]

Your Racism Is Benefiting ISIS

Your Racism Is Benefiting ISIS

  Tensions in Europe were already at a boiling point over the refugee crisis before the attacks in Paris sent the pot of fear, ignorance and hate spilling over into Europe and across the world. How does the anti-refugee, anti-Muslim backlash benefit ISIS and why haven’t we learned any lessons history has taught us about […]

What You Need to Know About the Syria Conflict in a Nutshell

What You Need to Know About the Syria Conflict in a Nutshell

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We’ve been avoiding doing a deep dive on Syria because, quite frankly, it’s hard. But Syria is important. The civil war is one of the biggest failures of every country’s foreign policy — millions of people are continually affected and no one knows how to end it. So we have attempted to make some sense […]

Terror in a Nutshell: What You Need to Know About Daesh

Terror in a Nutshell: What You Need to Know About Daesh

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As ISIS continues to grab headlines for barbaric act after barbaric act, we felt we owed you a quick rundown on who they are. Below is our best attempt at making sense of where the group came from, how it sustains itself and what threat it poses to the world.     Where we stand […]

‘Dabiq’ Magazine Reveals How Daesh Brought Down the Russian Plane In Sinai

‘Dabiq’ Magazine Reveals How Daesh Brought Down the Russian Plane In Sinai

  With the Russian plane crash confirmed to be the result of an on-board bomb, Daesh have released the latest edition of their propaganda magazine, Dabiq, in which they claim to have smuggled a homemade improvised explosive device (IED) on the aircraft. Daesh claims to have targeted the Russian plane after Vladimir Putin ordered air strikes in Syria, the same […]

Reminder: The Majority of the Victims of Daesh Are Muslims

Reminder: The Majority of the Victims of Daesh Are Muslims

  An intense wave of Islamophobia has reared its ugly head following the #ParisAttacks. The tragic events claimed the lives of 139 people and left more than 340 injured. Yet in the midst of the senseless backlash against Muslims and refugees, one fact seems to get lost: According to multiple surveys, most of the the thousands of people killed […]

#AdelTermos: The Hero Who Sacrificed His Life in Beirut to Save Hundreds

#AdelTermos: The Hero Who Sacrificed His Life in Beirut to Save Hundreds

With all the horror Paris has faced this week, many have over looked similar events that unfolded in Beirut on Thursday. Two suicide bombers were seen on motorcycles in the predominantly Shia area of southern Beirut, killing at least 41 and injuring 200. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the worst Lebanon has […]