Author: Ben Homer

From Beirut to the Bakken: A Conversation With Josh Wood

Josh Wood grew up in New Hampshire and Saudi Arabia where his parents worked for Saudi Arabian Airlines. After graduating from George Washington University with a Bachelors in Middle Eastern studies…
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Enters Uncharted Territory

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution on Palestinian statehood. Wednesday the Palestinian Authority moved to join the International Criminal Court. Thus begins a chain of events that…
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The Resurgent GCC & The Fight for the Future of the Middle East

War in Syria and Iraq has upset the traditional balance of power in the Middle East. In the short term this has already led to some fascinating developments and political…
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Annan: “It’s Your Future” (But it’s Bleak)

Speaking Thursday evening before a full auditorium at Baruch college, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan painted a dismal picture of the future of international cooperation. "Instead of the new world order, we have…
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The Growing Politicization of Media

While recent media attention has focused on the dangers facing journalists today, as well as trends toward polarization of media, comparatively little has been written about the politicization of media.…
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Live from the 2014 Social Good Summit

The New Context is live today from the Mashable Social Good Summit. The event kicks off at 11:45AM with UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon. Watch the livestream and Follow @thenewcontext on…
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Columbia Journalism Panel Focuses on New Realities of Covering Conflicts

"As journalists. we are living through the most dangerous moment ever" said Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon addressing a packed room last night at Columbia School of Journalism. A panel…
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To Defeat ISIS, Resolve Syria

Advances by the group variously know as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or simply Islamic State (IS), has generated…
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Mitrovica: A City Frozen in Time

The city of Mitrovica in Northern Kosovo has long been a flash point for ethnic conflict. The Ibar river runs through the center, dividing the primarily ethnic Albanian population in…
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Lebanon’s Syrian refugees: ‘An entire generation is growing up with PTSD’

BERUIT — Refugees are everywhere on the streets of downtown Beirut. Women and children in filthy clothes beg for money on nearly every street corner. Countless young boys tote shoeshine…
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Crimea and the Legality of Self-Determination

Depending on where you get your news, Crimean independence from Ukraine represents either the correction of a historic mistake that “reflects the aspirations of Crimea's residents" or the breach of international law "violating the sovereignty…
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Can Banksy Save Syria?

This week, the street artist Banksy, with the support of a sizable contingent of the major international relief organizations and a number of celebrities begins an international media push to generate attention for…
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