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News Item Life on the border: Stanford researcher seeks to help Syrian refugees

I have a hard time navigating the two worlds I find myself occupying. On the one hand, I occupy a world within Stanford University, amidst seemingly infinite, almost palpable, resources, opportunities, and an unspoken sense of security. On the other hand, I occupy a world within the border of Syria, amidst an acute shortage of even the most basic human necessities and a nagging reminder of the brevity and unpredictability of life.

News Item Q&A with Stanford experts on the president’s Paris agreement decision

After holding the world in suspense, President Donald Trump announced today that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the accord negotiated by 195 countries in 2015 to limit and reduce global warming. Only two countries, Nicaragua and Syria, are currently not involved in the Paris agreement.

News Item Muslim and afraid – but not alone

Every night when he was still in Homs, Syria, a then-5-year-old named Mustafa hid underneath his mattress because he thought it protected him from the airstrikes. While underneath, he would close his eyes and recite his favorite verse from the Quran: “His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them, for He is the Highest and Most Exalted.”

News Item Choices for Syrian children

As a direct result of the single worst humanitarian crisis of our time, the protracted Syrian Civil War, at least ½ a million people have been killed, including at least 50,000 children. Six years into the Civil War, Syrian children — a particularly vulnerable group — now have several options at their disposal, assuming they stay alive. They are the following.