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About Rebecca
Rebecca Collard is a multiplatform journalist. She produces radio and television packages and provides commentary for CBC, PRI’s The World, BBC, Monocle24, and Voice of America, among other international outlets. She has contributed toTIME, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and Rolling Stone (ME). 
Rebecca reports breaking news and features on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as the refugee crisis in Europe.
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Why the Gaza Cease-Fire Won’t Mean Peace

21 May 2021  |  Foreign Policy
The cease-fire in Gaza has brought a temporary halt to violence but not resolved underlying grievances between Palestinians and Israelis. Israeli security forces' actions in Jerusalem and the eviction of Palestinian families continue to fuel tensions. The recent violence has highlighted the discrimination faced by Israel's Arab citizens and the disillusionment of Palestinian youth with international institutions. The article underscores the persistent issues that could lead to future conflicts and the need for international pressure on Israel to comply with international laws and grant equality to Palestinians.

The Middle East, Like Everyone Else, Has a Lot Riding on the U.S. Election

02 Nov 2020  |  Foreign Policy
The article examines the potential impact of the U.S. presidential election on the Middle East, highlighting key areas such as the Iran nuclear deal, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Syria. It discusses the contrasting approaches of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, noting Trump's maximum pressure campaign on Iran and Biden's intention to revive the nuclear deal. The article also explores the implications for U.S. allies and adversaries in the region, including Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, and Kurdish forces in Syria.

Many Americans Feel Safer Abroad in Countries Less Infected by the Coronavirus

17 Apr 2020  |  Foreign Policy
Many Americans abroad feel safer staying in countries with fewer COVID-19 infections rather than returning to the United States, which has become one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic. They cite overloaded health systems, high medical costs, and distrust in the U.S. government's response as reasons for staying abroad. The article highlights the contrasting responses to the pandemic in countries like Lebanon, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, where Americans feel more secure due to better health care systems and stricter preventive measures.

You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee

20 Mar 2020  |  Foreign Policy
The article highlights the severe challenges faced by refugees in the Middle East amid the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizing the impossibility of practicing social distancing in overcrowded camps. It details the efforts of various humanitarian organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations, to provide aid and prevent the spread of the virus. However, it underscores the scarcity of resources, inadequate health systems, and the stigma faced by refugees. The article also discusses the potential for the virus to spread rapidly in camps and the competition for global health resources, which may leave refugees deprioritized.

Westerners Seek to Join the Fight Against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

16 Mar 2016  |  Time
The article discusses the story of Louis, a former U.S. Marine, who joined the Iraqi-Christian paramilitary force Dwekh Nawsha to fight against ISIS in Iraq after feeling dissatisfied with the U.S. military's withdrawal from active conflict zones. Louis, along with other Western volunteers, has turned to online platforms like Facebook to find militias to join and to crowdfund for weapons and equipment due to the lack of support and funding for these groups. The article highlights the challenges and frustrations faced by foreign fighters in the region, including the dangers of inexperienced volunteers and the restrictions placed on them by Kurdish authorities. It also touches on the broader issue of Westerners seeking to join the fight against ISIS and the varying motivations behind their decisions.

Kurds blame Canadians for soldier’s death in Iraq Kurds claim the Canadian Special Forces soldier killed in northern Iraq walked into a Kurdish ambush point

Thousands of refugees flood into Croatia More than 20,000 migrants have trekked into Croatia since Tuesday, sparking a war of words among Eastern European leaders

Refugee family's long journey to Canada After fleeing Syria for Lebanon, a family of 8 asylum-seekers will finally leave for Canada next week

Iraq’s Largest Dam at Center of Military Struggle

17 Aug 2014  |  Time
The Mosul dam, built by Saddam Hussein, is now a focal point in the conflict between Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the U.S., and ISIS, which seized the dam on August 7. Kurdish forces, with U.S. and Iraqi air support, have begun to retake parts of the dam. The dam's control allows ISIS to potentially cut off water supplies or destroy the dam, which would have catastrophic consequences. The dam, described as the most dangerous in the world by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is built on an unstable foundation and requires constant maintenance. The international community's help is sought as the dam's condition is precarious under ISIS control, and its failure could result in a massive loss of life.

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