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VIDEO: Fighting the Syrian war from Chicago

By Noor Wazwaz

Syria may seem a world away but not to Syrians living in the Chicago area. The war in that country has entered its fifth year and the violence has only escalated. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reports the current death total is over 215,000 and 20,000 of them were children.

In this episode of MedillNewsmakers,  we speak with individuals who have played a major role in the Syrian crisis.  Dr. Zaher Sahoul, President of the Syrian American Society (SAMS), is one of the physicians risking his life and traveling abroad to treat thousands of Syrians. We also spoke to Suzanne Akhras-Sahloul, founder and executive director of Syrian Community Network, who has become a mentor of Syrian refugee families in the Chicagoland area.

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VIDEO: Hillary Clinton evolved on same-sex marriage as public support grew

By Noor Wazwaz

Hillary Clinton – the former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State — announced her 2016 presidential bid with a video that’s left many talking about her sharp shift on marriage equality. Over the last few years, dozens of politicians have evolved on this issue. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Clinton opposed same-sex marriage but supported the idea of civil unions. Since then, polls show the number of Americans supporting same-sex marriage has increased dramatically. In 1996, less than 30 percent of Americans favored gay marriage and as of February 2014, more than half the country is supporting it.

Despite shifting her support after other prominent Democrats, Clinton’s change in thinking holds special meaning for one gay couple in Chicago. They were featured in Secretary Clinton’s announcement video.

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