Drawing parallels between the Syrian and Irish refugee crises

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Nicholas Kinsman compares the current Syrian refugee crisis with the Irish immigration wave that occurred during the years of the great Irish famine.

UMass professor hosts question-and-answer discussion for students on Syria and the Islamic State

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Political science professor Vincent Ferraro hosted an hour-long informal Q&A panel to discuss Syria and the Islamic State

UMass professor hosts question-and-answer discussion for students on Syria and the Islamic State

(Professor Vincent Ferraro speaks to UMass students on the current day Islamic State. Daniel Maldonado/ Daily Collegian)

Political science professor Vincent Ferraro hosted an hour-long informal Q&A panel to discuss Syria and the Islamic State

Around the world: Argentina swears in new president

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Mauricio Macri was sworn in as Argentina’s newest president, while more than 500,000 have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump from entering Britain.

Student groups host formal event to raise money for Syrian refugees

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150 attend event as speakers discuss representation of refugees in the media and human trafficking in Syria.

Students protest governor’s remarks about Syrian refugees

Students gathered in the Student Union Thursday to protest comments made by Gov. Charlie Baker about accepting refugees.
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Gov. Charlie Baker, after the attacks in Paris, initially said he would not accept Syrian refugees into Massachusetts.

A look back at Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”

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New reissue sheds new light on an idiosyncratic masterpiece

Baker wrong to reject Syrian immigrants

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The governor said Monday that he’s not interested in accepting Syrian refugees in the state of Massachusetts.

UMass student visiting Paris recounts experience of attacks on the city

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All University of Massachusetts students studying abroad in Paris and its surrounding areas of France are safe and accounted for, according to the University.

My reservations about Bernie

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Foreign policy is Sanders’ major shortcoming, and that’s a problem.

The United States and Russia: cold hypocrites

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Ian Hagerty discusses the Syrian civil war and its actors to illustrate how the U.S. and Russia are similar powers.

Understanding IS: A new form of terrorism

Isaac Simon discusses the dangerous innovations of the Islamic State

A rough summer for foreign relations

Julian del Prado reviews the crises in the Middle East that escalated this summer and discusses the potential counterattacks being planned against threats such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

UMass mourns death of alumnus and journalist James Foley

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Foley was killed by Islamic State militants after being held captive for nearly two years.

No draft, no protest

Jason Roche reminds us of the consequences of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the longest and costliest (yet least protested) American conflict to date.

What exactly are we celebrating after vindication of Syrian “red line”?

Julian del Prado questions whether the Syrian weapons deal is cause for celebration.

U.S. and Russia: Provocative diplomacy

Suyash Tibrawalla explains the changing nature of the relations between the United States and Russia, which has become tense in recent years.

U.S. should avoid military action in Syria

Jason Roche argues against American air strikes in Syria.

U.S. involvement in Syria is crucial

Zac Bears explains why the U.S. must intervene in Syria.

Syria’s Women

As conflict in Syria grows, stories of sexual violence and the violation of women’s rights finally surface.