Russia Strikes in Syria

After the clashing of glasses and discourses at the UNGA, media headlines were again dominated by diverging narratives on military intervention in Syria. More particular discrepancies like separation of terrorist groups from opposition forces became most apparent in the documented patterns of airstrikes in Syria. American sources such as the Wall Street Journal claimed that efforts by the U.S. and allies to fight the…

Showdown at UN: Obama Meets Putin

In the weeks leading to the UN General Assembly, the Kremlin orchestrated a takeover of an unfolding narrative on civil war in Syria. Increasing Russian military presence appeared to only be the start of Putin’s strategy for the region, as more recent statements revealed joint efforts in intelligence gathering by Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. These and other developments…

A Name to the Refugee Crisis

After the deaths of thousands of refugees on their way to Europe, the scene of a child lying face-down on a beach suddenly penetrated media headlines around the world. The resulting personification stemming from these photographs and descriptions motivated a significant shift in debate on the ongoing refugee crisis. Graphic detail generally surrounded recollection of “the corpse of the kid laying face-down on…