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UN Asking For Donations For Syria
The World Food Program launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any U.N. help in December, The Financial Times reports.

The 72-hour campaign effort comes two days after the U.N. food agency announced it was forced to suspend food vouchers to 1.7 million Syrians refugees because it doesn’t have the $64 million to cover the cost.

The WFP warned the suspension would force many Syrian families who fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt to go hungry.

The New York Times editorial board weighed in on the worsening situation in Syria.

“If the term “international community” is to have any meaning, it should denote the shared responsibility of all nations to assist people forced to flee their countries and lose their livelihood through no fault of their own.

“The 3-and-a-half-year-old Syrian conflict has created one of the largest such populations in the world: 3.2 million people who have taken refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt severely straining the resources of these countries,” the editorial board wrote.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said it had documented the deaths of at least 202,354 people in less than four years of conflict, reports Al-Arabiya.

September 11 Still Shaping US Foreign Policy

More than a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the single worst terror attack on the US continues to impact how the nation’s foreign policy is conducted.

“We’ve erased the ruins of the World Trade Center, but the foreign policy of fear that 9/11 instilled is still very much inside us — too much so,” writes The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, who cite David Rothkopf’s latest book, National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, to support his argument.

Writing in the Financial Times, Edward Luce says that Rothkopf’s new work “could lay claim to being the definitive book on how 9/11 affected US foreign policy.”

Brookings Institution Profiles ISIS
The Brookings Institution’s Charles Lister has an in-depth profile of the Islamic State includes a short history of the organization, a “who’s who” of Islamic State senior leadership, and a look at its likely trajectory.

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