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The Saudis and Iranians Need to Talk: And We Need to Make It Happen

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Marc Gopin

In recent years I have worked deeply on quiet conflict management interventions from Afghanistan to Iran, but mostly in Syria. I have watched the unnecessary suffering of countless people, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, the greatest civilian displacement in Middle Eastern history, and I have watched it up close through the lives of my students and friends.

Officials: Former Saddam Deputy Allied To ISIS Reportedly Killed In Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 06.17.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials said they believe that government forces on Friday killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who ...

The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

America Should Stay Out of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington's responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Iraq's Political Turmoil Could Lead to Civil War

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

This is a crisis that cannot be understated. The post-election period reveals that no election result is safe from court intervention and constitutional brigandry in the new Iraq.

Mysterious 'Saddam Channel' Hits Iraq TV

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Turning on their TVs during the long holiday weekend, Iraqis were greeted by a familiar if unexpected face from their brutal past: Sad...

Iraq: Baath Party Plot Security Officials Freed From Custody

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities released without charge the nearly two dozen security officials who had been accused this week of conspiring to revi...

Iraqi Baath Revivalists Freed

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities released without charge the nearly two dozen security officials who had been accused this week of conspiring to revi...

The Folly of de-Clintonification

Jared Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Levy

As Barack Obama goes about forming a cabinet, cries have gone up that Obama is committing some kind of sin by appointing a number of people who worked in the Clinton Administration.

The U.S. Attack on Syria: Implications for the Next Administration

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Obama's refusal to criticize the U.S. attack on Syria raises the prospect that rather than pursue the diplomatic route, he will instead "pick up where the Bush Administration has now ended."

Iraqi Bloggers Consider McCain

Amira Al Hussaini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amira Al Hussaini

"Americans will vote for McCain. If they don't, it will amount to the same thing. They love a show of muscles. We will show you muscles. McCain will use al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda will eagerly oblige."

Iraq's New Law on Ex-Baathists Could Bring Another Purge

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley and Joshua Partlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Maj. Gen. Hussein al-Awadi, a former official in Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, became the commander of the Iraqi National Police despite a 2003 law ba...

Iraq Parliament Reinstates Baathists

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iraq's parliament passed a benchmark law Saturday allowing lower-ranking former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to reclaim government jobs, th...

Former Baathists Fear New Reconciliation Law Is Plot Against Them

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party were skeptical Sunday of a new law enabling them to reclaim government jobs, saying they feared it migh...