Zimo is a Syrian techno and video artist living in exile in Lebanon. His real name is Samer Saem Eldahr and he calls his music project Hello Psychaleppo. From his home in Beirut, Zimo creates music and videos that pay homage to his homeland and city of Aleppo.
The US may have been able to finally get Turkey to join the war against ISIS. But the price was steep. Turkey has also gotten the green light to attack its other enemy in the region: the Kurds. The Kurds are old US allies, and the deal has caused outrage.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a sort of regional cold war. US officials have said they hope the Iran deal would lead to diplomatic breakthroughs, but it's just as likely (perhaps more) to lead to greater tensions.
ISIS is known for its online recruiting tactics, even convincing some young people from the West to leave home join the organization. One such young person was "Alex," a 23-year-old from Washington who was recently profiled by Rukmini Callimachi in The New York Times.
Jonathan Powell played a key role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland. In a new book, he says the lessons he learned there can be applied to terrorists conflicts around the world — including with ISIS. He says we just need to bring them to the table for negotiations.
The forces of the so-called Islamic State have mounted a daring raid on the city of Kobane in northern Syria. They are also on the offensive elsewhere. But at the same time, the ISIS capital in Syria is coming under pressure.