Is the Arctic the Next Superpower Battleground?
The harsh, sparsely populated Arctic is warming and sea ice is falling, which means governments are looking north for both economic ventures and as an arena of strategic competition. This goes even more so for the Kremlin. Russia has the longest Arctic border in the world, and its oil and gas... Read more
Syria’s Invisible Urban Refugees
Suleiman Fais recalled the moment he had to flee Syria for his life. “The shells were falling near me. Then shells started to fall on buildings all around us,” he said. “A bulldozer came and demolished all the houses in the area. And my house was already destroyed by... Read more
In This Syrian Refugee Camp, People Just Want to Go Home
In the Bab Al Salameh refugee camp in Syria along the Turkish border, living conditions are terrible in an absolute sense but somewhat better in a relative sense. It’s hot, there is no electricity and getting water is a struggle. And the camp is not safe, by any means. Samera... Read more
One Simple Fact About Syrian Refugees
For all the fearmongering over Syrian refugees, here is one simple but obvious fact — no refugee is happy being one. For the most part, the refugees want to return to their country, the main obstacle being many don’t have one to go back to. “I’m not happy at all... Read more
For This Syrian Rebel Sniper, the War Is Personal
Said Mermet joined the Free Syrian Army after the military killed his nephew. “After he died, I couldn’t take it anymore,” he said. “Fighting the regime is not about revenge, but I am trying to honor my nephew.” His house — blown up. His former job — computer technician. His... Read more
Radio Kul Broadcasts for a Free Syria
Working in media, it’s hard to imagine watching everything you say for fear the government will come after you. But that’s what it’s like inside Syrian state media, according to Mohamad Al Barodi, who once worked at a regime-controlled news station. His editors reported to the intelligence services. On T.V., “you can’t deviate from... Read more
Inside a School for Syrian Refugees
More than 700,000 children have fled Syria to Turkey. More than 400,000 of them are unable to attend school due to the language barrier, integration issues and financial challenges. “We came because of the bombings and the chemical weapons,” ninth-grade student Abdullah Khatib said. At the Akram... Read more
Syrian Refugee Speaks — Snipers ‘Shot Us Just for Fun’
Sanwa Makrash was walking home with a neighbor when a Syrian regime sniper shot her, hitting her spinal cord. “They shot us just for fun,” Makrash said. “Once, where there were no people around to shoot, they shot cats for fun.” Today, Makrash is 18 years old, lives in... Read more
A Grim Fate for Syrian Christians
Wars fall hardest on the most vulnerable — minority religious and ethnic groups among them. Before the Syrian civil war, an estimated 1.1 million Christians lived in Syria. Around 700,000 have since fled. The Islamic State — and other radical Islamist rebel groups — have burned churches, executed Christians or... Read more
In Just This One Refugee Camp, 40,000 Syrian Children Live in Need
The cost and consequences of war fall heaviest on the most vulnerable — children, the elderly and the disabled. That’s true in every conflict. But in Syria, the biggest difference is the sheer scale of those killed, “disappeared” or displaced. More than eight million children are in need of... Read more

Zack Baddorf

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Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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