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Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

Checkmate and Moving on

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Iraq's immediate priority is to secure its cities, main arteries and borders by reforming and improving counter insurgency tactics and better equip the Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with regional and global powers to help defeat ISIL.

Back to Iraq's Future: A Constructive Partnership With the UN

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

Iraq's Top Cleric Steps Up Pressure For Political Deal

AP | RYAN LUCAS and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric ratcheted up the pressure Friday on lawmakers to agree on a prime minister before the newly elected parliame...

Muslim Leaders Urge Media Not To Inflame Sunni-Shiite Tensions

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

LONDON (RNS) Senior leaders of England’s estimated 2.7 million Muslims have called on religious scholars and political commentators in the media not...

Will Iraqi Shiite Muslims Come Under Iranian Control?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Iraqi and Iranian Shiites represent contrasting cultural legacies, but adherence to Shiite Islam does not bridge this and other distinctions. Iraqi Shiites and Iranian Shiites think differently today about the place of religion in politics.