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Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Illogical Logic of Our Iraq Policy

Munir Moon | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Munir Moon

We are back again in Iraq except that this time we are also bombing another sovereign nation, Syria, to remove ISIS even though it is not a direct threat to the U.S., according to Joint Chiefs chairman General Dempsey.

This Week in World War I November 1-7, 1914 Part 2 Supplemental Brief

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

The Ottomans, Sykes-Picot and ISIS Supplemental Brief See also Part 1 of this week's posting: The Ottomans Enter the War As mentioned in Part 1 of ...

Extremism: Its Supporters and a Voice of Reason

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Today's New York Times carried an in-depth article about one of the myriad supporters of extremist Islam ("Qatar's Support of Extremists Alienates Al...

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

Sam Maron | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Sam Maron

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.

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Sophia Jones

'They Killed People And Then Hung Them In Their Homes' | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq -- They came without warning. Heavily armed and riding in hundreds of cars and Humvees stolen from the Iraqi army, the extremist Sunni fi...

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Joshua Hersh

Syria Has Been Dangerous For Westerners For Months, But Now Syrians Are Being Chased Out | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- A couple of months ago, Noureddine al-Abdo started feeling increasingly trapped inside his own house. A popular and well-known...