Making a Difference: Something needs to be done to stop the Islamic State, but that "something" is not more violence and war.
Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.
Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and diminish the power of Islamic State fighters and other terrorist groups operating in the country.
What does it mean to defend Christians in the Middle East? What does it mean to maintain their presence in the Holy Land?
We say: The Vietnam War demonstrated that a might power could be undone by the determination of a poor population. If only we would learn.
Faith and Justice: We still believe that we can ride into town, kill the bad guys, and ride off into the sunset. Such arrogance is breathtaking after so many failures.
President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Wednesday focused attention on the problems and threat created by the Islamic State.
The name is significant. The group changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to simply the Islamic State. For them, the underlying vision is something found in Muslim history: the caliphate. And they don't want to be geographically limited; they want to fashion the world in their image.
News reports on Wednesday suggest that President Barack Obama is readying to take U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State -- the Sunni militant group rampaging through northern Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate -- into Syria, where the group is headquartered.
NCR Today: It is time to bring political actors, scholars and religious leaders together to explore how to nourish a democratic spirit in the Middle East from indigenous roots.
Recent atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State have drawn attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But the issue, with deep historical roots and myriad foreign policy implications, predates the incursions of the Islamic State. Who are these Christians? What is life like for them? And what should Americans committed to cause of assisting them keep in mind while attempting to raise awareness of the issue? NCR asked James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, for his thoughts.
This country has gone from only 13 percent favoring airstrikes in Syria in September 2013 to 60 percent currently in favor.