ISIS is now forcing the approximately 3,000 Christians remaining in Mosul, a major city with thousands of years of Christian history, to choose between essentially the same options given to Jews in 1492: live under intolerable, impoverishing dhimmi status; convert to Islam; leave; or die.
Our romance began in 2008. It was the best and the worst of times.
Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.
Some analysts have argued that Jordan may be the next target of this radical Sunni militant group. This may be the case, but it will likely have limited impact and could even present Jordan with an opportunity to strengthen its strategic position.
We do not need to become an "ally" of Iran, but we should recognize that we will need to provide military support to the Iraqi government in the time ahead and, indeed, our special forces are already on the ground there. Iran will do the same. We will therefore have U.S. security activities alongside those of Iran in the Iraqi national battlespace. We should at least discuss the situation, and at a minimum, de-conflict our activities, from special forces advisors to airstrikes.
Whether the KRG declares independence or remains part of Iraq, the survival and success of the political experiment in Rojava as a secure and prosperous neighbor directly affects the security and economic development of KRG, and vice versa.
The US has unnecessarily overthrown in regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya that have led to internal civil wars and the spread armed Islamism into surrounding areas. Unbelievably, some members of the foreign policy elite want the U.S. to get more heavily involved in other civil wars.
We must recognize that our deepening interdependence has collapsed the boundaries between the logic of self-preservation and the logic of empathy.
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.
Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.
There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.
To those who say the U.S. should stay out of this conflict, I say that every day provides the U.S. with a new chance to at least try to get it right.
With extremists allying with tribal leaders to take over swathes of Iraq, and Russia and Iran helping keep Bashar al Assad in power in Syria, it is difficult to imagine we ever thought ordinary people had the power to change anything.
The advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has all but wiped out some of the most ancient Christian communities. Some of the most important early Christian manuscripts which resided in monasteries there have been burned.
One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.
I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.