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A Gulf of Conviction

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The world today is a supremely dangerous place for the United States and it's friends. And it's likely to get worse before it gets worse. But to end as I began: the United States has much to celebrate on the domestic front.

Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success.

Backing the Wrong Horse in Iraq

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Obama Administration's announcement that it is sending several hundred additional advisors to Iraq is consistent with America's failed policy in the country.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Oil Agreement Central To Iraq's Unity In ISIS Fight May Be Crumbling

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A December 2014 oil agreement struck between Iraq's central government and the country's autonomous Kurdish region is in jeopardy and co...

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

Dear Commander-in-Chief: A Route to an ISIS Rout

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Mr. President, you have valiantly tried to use an eyedropper to painstakingly calibrate the dose of U.S. military efforts to hold ISIS at bay, let alone to reverse its territorial gains. The patient is far too ill to resort to an eyedropper any longer.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

The Politics of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The U.S. has the most powerful military in the history of the world, but it should not be utilized as a political tool or for retribution. The government and its leaders must do their best to make the right decisions, to be truthful with the American people, and to provide all the necessary support needed to fulfill the military's mission. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Iraqi Cellist Peacefully Defies Violence By Playing At Site Of Car Bomb

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News

A musician is spreading peace among chaos in the city of Baghdad. After three car bombs went off in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 19 people,...

Sophia Jones

Worried Their Names Can Be A Death Sentence, Some Iraqis Look To Change Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- Ever since he was a boy, Sufyan dreamed of the day he would pass down his name to a son of his own. When the big day came in the summer ...

Sophia Jones

'Life Continues': Baghdad Residents Remain Resilient Amid Bombings

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- If it wasn’t for a phone call from his wife asking to meet up for lunch, Baleeg Nasr likely would have died when a massive car bomb deton...

UN: Iraq Violence Kills At Least 1,100 In February

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to ret...

Dozens Killed In Bombings Across Baghdad

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight Sunday, hours after bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital, killing ...

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.

Russia's Expanding Global Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia's new agreement to sell Nigeria arms to combat Boko Haram (BH) is evidence of its desire to expand its global geopolitical influence as well as enhance its reputation for being willing to step in where the West will not.

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Iraq To Overhaul Baghdad Security To Stop Bombings

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesma...

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Samir's Iraqi Odyssey Explains Iraq and the Humanity Within

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly its resilient people -- the Iraqis.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The inclusionary government America's strategy for Iraq rests on is an illusion, a governmental fantasy in 2014 as it was 2003-2011. Everyone with eyes-- except the U.S. government-- can see where this one ends.

Massive Blast Rocks Central Baghdad

Posted 10.28.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said. ...

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that's simply a rebranding of the old one, there's a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war.

Lesbians, Finger Exercises, and Her Piano

Rachel Wahba | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

Video camera in hand, Donna Deitch of Desert Hearts fame asked my outspoken 95-year-old grandmother, "Granny, did you ever think of being with a woman?"

Send in the Air Force Combat Controllers and Green Berets to Destroy ISIS.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

As Rome (or at least Kobani) burns and faces the very real threat of a Srebrenica-style massacre, it is time for the US to stop fiddling and entertain the idea of putting small groups of US troops into the fray to empower our Kurdish peshmerga, Free Syrian Army and Iraqi government allies.