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The Oberlin Review

Students Should Prioritize Anti-War Activism

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike against a Syrian airfield in rebel-held town Khan Sheikhoun on April 6, resulting in more than 80 deaths. The strike came in response to a chemical attack two days prior by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As images and videos from the attack circulated,...

Peace for Syria Feasible with Rebel, State Solution

Sean Para, Columnist
December 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The maelstrom that has engulfed Syria continues to reach new heights of violence. Recent attacks by the Islamic State in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai Peninsula have added a sense of urgency in bringing a resolution to the conflict. The refugee crisis also stems partly from the Syrian Civil War — yet an...

Captagon Floods Market, May End Civil War

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
October 30, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I don’t think any of us know what the life of a typical Saudi prince is like, but I think everyone would be surprised with what one Saudi prince was up to on Monday. Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut for trying to smuggle tw...

Settlement Necessary to End Syrian Crisis

Sean Para, Columnist
September 25, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Syria has now been embroiled in a brutal civil war for four and a half years. The conflict has morphed into a proxy war as various powers compete for influence on the ground and seek to use Syria to further their larger foreign policy aims. The country is entirely fractured. The only way to end this morass...

Environmentalists Can Learn from ISIS Occupation

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
September 18, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In an election season defined thus far by a rogue email server, a neurosurgeon once played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in a made-for-TV film and cries to “make America great again,” it should come as no surprise that one of the most serious and consequential foreign policy arguments made by a presidentia...

U.S. Intervention in Iraq, Syria Ineffective

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

During a strategic planning conference with foreign military leaders, President Obama had an encouraging change of perspective on operations in the Iraq and Syria. He acknowledged that the fight against ISIS expands beyond military action and stressed that we are combating an “ideological strain of...

Syrian Refugee Crisis Warrants Ongoing Attention

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
November 7, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When it comes to matters that do not directly concern it, the Western world has the attention span of a small child. This is, in a way, understandable; people have lives and worries of their own, and the only international events that manage to catch the public’s collective eye are the flashy ones....

Absolute and Reported Truth: Recognizing the Difference

Elizabeth Kuhr, Staff Writer
October 4, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In an eager endeavor to digest all that the news has to offer about the Arab Spring, particularly with regard to the current Egyptian and Syrian revolutionary movements working to reform the countries’ political spheres, I’ve come across many well-seasoned critics pointing out the blatant and buried...

Debate Over U.S. Involvement in Syria Bears Consequences for Thousands of Refugees

Sam White
September 13, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When the United States speaks, the world listens. Despite the heated global rhetoric, this is undeniable: President Obama’s threat of military action in Syria — and his subsequent request that the congressional authorization vote be postponed — has exacerbated existing crises and thrown the region...

Evidence of Assad’s Involvement Lacking

Yagiz Harun, Contributing Writer
September 13, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

On Aug. 21, President Assad’s forces supposedly used sarin gas on civilians. British Prime Minister David Cameron jumped at the chance to propose an attack on Syria. Using the G-20 Summit as a platform to discuss military involvement, he convinced President Obama to pledge U.S. military support. Prime...

Military Intervention in Syria Problematic

Sam White, Contributing Writer
September 6, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

With Congress set to vote this Monday on a resolution that would authorize limited military action in Syria, the United States finds itself yet again on the brink of a bloody, costly and entirely avoidable war that it has neither right nor reason to fight. The resolution on Monday comes in the wake...

An Unlikely Indian-Pakistani Alliance Forms

Saksham Khosla, Contributing Writer
September 6, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Media coverage on Syria over the past few weeks has been decidedly Western-centric, focusing on the roles of the U.S. and Russia and the implications of their involvement in the conflict. According to mainstream news, the military intervention, which is not backed by the U.N. Security Council, is likely...

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