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Substantial crowd for State House protest

Geraldine Vittini, Journal Contributor

December 11, 2015

Hundreds of protesters banded together in front of the looming State House on Friday to decry Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent comments against the Syrian refugee program. Their chants and handmade signs signaled a deep dissatisfaction with the governor’s statements, which he made a few days after the ...

Too young to wed

By Facebook user Save the Children

Alexa Gagosz and Patrick Holmes

October 28, 2015

Syria is now home to a war-zone and its people have been fleeing by the millions. The focus has mostly been on the Islamic State (IS), which has been fueling these migrants to leave Syria, but there is also a recent, notable factor that is causing controversy, specifically in the Netherlands. Some of these displaced persons are young girls under the age of 18,  who are...

Opinion: How millions are living in fear

“If they knew I was talking to you, I’d be killed.” -- Mohamed to BBC. By Flickr user Josh Zakary.

Patrick Holmes

October 2, 2015

By Patrick Holmes   War is not something typically thought about on a daily basis by most Americans, however, many Syrians and Iraqis live in constant fear of the control they are oppressed by and the never-ending list of rules that keep them on a leash. They are almost never safe. Safety...

Obama increases number of refugees from Syria for resettlement

“I think the administration should be thinking in higher terms.” - Director of Clinical Programs, Ragini Shah on the lack of action to increase the number of refugees accepted by the U.S each year. Photo by Flickr user Alex Donohue.

Alexa Gagosz

September 24, 2015

President Obama told his administration this month to start to increase the number of Syrian refugees the U.S. accepts each year for resettlement to 100,000 each year, according to The New York Times. Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs Ragini Shah founded Suffolk’s first...

Turkish troops protecting 13th century tomb in Syria

By Flickr user Pietro Valocchi

Alexa Gagosz

February 25, 2015

Entering war-torn Syria, armored vehicles holding hundreds of Turkish forces moved in to evacuate troops who were protecting the historic tomb of Suleyman Shah and take them to another location, according to BBC. Suleyman Shah was a tribal fighter and leader and the grandfather of Osman I, founder...

International Opinion: Terrorism shouldn’t be censored on the Internet

Will Senar

February 12, 2015

While the power of social media has been exposed through revolutions and social justice movements in the 21st century, other groups, such as the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, have been using the same tools to promote their own agenda. ISIS has horrified audiences around the...

ISIS, Jordanian government negotiations fail, slayings continue

By Flickr user Karl-Ludwig Poggemann

Evette Thompson

February 12, 2015

The so-called Islamic State released a video on Tuesday, just days after the beheading of the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, showing the Jordanian pilot Muath al- Kasasbeh being burned alive in a steel cage. Kasasbeh, who was the first pilot from the U.S. led coalition against the Islamic State, also...

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: A threat to nations

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: A threat to nations

Alexa Gagosz

September 17, 2014

By Alexa  Gagosz The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, claims itself to have religious authority over every Muslim around the world and is attempting to bring every region that is Muslim-inhabited under its political control and power since its foundation in 1999. Their goal...

International Criminal Court focus of law school talk

International Criminal Court focus of law school talk

April 2, 2014

By Heather Rutherford The civil war in Syria has removed 9 million people from their homes, and has killed more than 100,000 in the escalating conflict. The clash between those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and his opposition was in the escalating conflicts sparked by protests that descended...

(Pt. 2) Opinion: To strike or not to strike, Intervention in the Syrian crisis

(Pt. 2) Opinion: To strike or not to strike,  Intervention in the Syrian crisis

Sam Humphrey

September 18, 2013

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced a plan to remove chemical weapons from Syria. The announcement followed reports that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces used poisonous gas on civilians on Aug. 21. President Obama said that...

(Pt. 1) Opinion: To strike or not to strike, Intervention in the Syrian crisis

(Pt. 1) Opinion: To strike or not to strike, Intervention in the Syrian crisis

September 18, 2013

By: Benjamin Linares Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Knowing what is right doesn’t mean much unless you do what is right.” I was taught that no matter what the outcome, Americans stand up for what is right. Not what looks better in the papers or on CNN, but what is fundamentally the right thing to ...

Syrian conflict escalates as Hezbollah enters the fighting

Photo by Flickr user james_gordon_losangeles

Matt Bacon

June 6, 2013

With each passing day, the civil war gripping Syria grows more and more intense. The conflict has evolved from a political struggle for democracy into a highly sectarian conflict now threatening the stability of the whole region. The official entry of the Lebanese-based Shia militant group Hezbollah...

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