Jason Hamacher is a punk rock drummer from Washington, DC, but he's interesting in exploring new sounds of all kinds. That's how he ended up recording Sufi singers in Aleppo, Syria, and preserving their songs before civil war destroyed the country.
Photographer Rania Matar went back to her hometown of Beirut to work on a project about teenagers. Then, on every corner, she stumbled into young Syrian refugees. They became subjects of her new series called "Invisible Children."
Karen and her family once lived a happy life in Aleppo, Syria. But when the civil war arrived in their city, they fled to Lebanon in the middle of the night with little more than a few suitcases, and their two-week stay has now lasted two years.
While a lot of news out of Syria is mainly about death and destruction, one writer found a more positive story on his trip there. He spent a week shadowing a team of first responders who have made it their mission to stay and save lives.
The US indicates a Syria without President Bashar al-Assad is a good thing. But for many Syrians, that could also mean a country under the control of radical Islamic groups wanting to impose strict codes for how they should live.
As the Syrian rebels continue their battle with Syrian government forces, the Syrian people are caught in the middle. One family from Raqqa fled not because of Bashar al-Assad's army, but because of the harassment from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
19-year-old Fouad Faris fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, a year ago and moved in with his aunt and uncle in Shrewsbury, MA. He left behind bombs and tear gas, but also education, friends and family. For the past seven months, he's been waiting for asylum and a chance to restart his life.
Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.
It's essentially an improvised explosive device - an oil barrel filled with explosive material and shrapnel - dropped from the sky. Host Marco Werman speaks with Time's Middle East bureau chief, Aryn Baker from Beirut about so-called barrel bombs and why Syrian forces are dropping them on cities.
Mohamed was important in Libyan's revolution, helping to defeat and ultimately capture Muammar Gaddafi. His younger brother missed out on Libya's revolution — so he decided to make his own fame by going to Syria to fight in the violent revolution there.
From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the economic crisis in Greece, artist Molly Crabapple has never shied away from politically charged stories. Now, she's lending her artistic talents to a project commemorating the more than 100,000 Syrians who have died during the past three years of conflict. The idea, she says, is to remember these people as individuals, not statistics.
Godzilla has terrorized box offices for nearly 60 years, and each generation has stamped its own fears onto the story. Meanwhile, a Canadian town has its own real-life fear—of an exploding whale. And researchers look at how our human appetite has shaped the crops and animals we consume. That and more in today's Global Scan.