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Fugue Of Civilian Death With Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Drones

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.26.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even when CENTCOM finally responds, numbers are likely to diverge significantly: by August 2015, the SOHR estimated that 181 civilians were killed in coalition airstrikes while US-CENTCOM reported the death of only two.

Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

Murder and Militias--Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Plan After ISIS

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

So long as murder, torture and other human rights violations recur with impunity among Shiite forces operating in Sunni Iraqi provinces, there will be little reason to remain optimistic for the stability of Iraq.

'Everyone You See Here Fled'

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Erbil, Iraq--When Iraqi forces pushed to retake Islamic State-held villages west of the Tigris River town of Makhmour in Iraq's Kurdistan Region, the ...

Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state

James Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

ISIS 'Forces Birth Control On Captives' To Maintain Supply Of Sex Slaves

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 03.13.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Islamic State is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on ...

A Profile in Courage: Countering ISIS Terrorism With Education

Stephen Hollingshead | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Stephen Hollingshead

Whatever you think of the 2003 invasion, it certainly brought waves of sectarian strife. Persecutions and reprisals. Unspeakable horrors for all Iraqis, but especially for minority groups like the Christians, Yezidis, and Sunnis. You know the story.

The Enemy of My Enemy: Russia and the Kurds Reshape the Syrian Civil War

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Kurdish YPG Militia in Kobani Syria's Kurds are on a roll. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a loose coalition consisting primarily of the Kurdish ...

Who Are the Yazidi "Devil Worshipers" and Why Is ISIS Trying to Slaughter and Enslave This Ancient Minority? Part Three.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

As it transpired, Baba Chawish was a member of one of three castes that all Yazidis belong to, he was a holy man from the highest sheikh (priest) caste. He led a life of piety and celibacy and had authority over the shrine.

Who Are the Yazidi "Devil Worshipers" and Why Is ISIS Trying to Slaughter and Enslave This Ancient Minority? Part One.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

In case you missed the story of the ISIS fanatics' conquest of the Yazidis' ancient homeland in August 2014, a recap is essential for understanding the plight of this endangered community that has faced centuries of what can only be described as a genocidal assault.

Is Oil Really Financing IS?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The terror group's crude production, trade and revenue have been vastly over-estimated. It continues to depend on foreign financing to sustain its war machine.

6 Tips for Fun and Success: Notes From the Real World

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 02.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Adam Sulkowski

I'm proud to call Greg my former student. At a recent meet-up we realized that, whatever we do, six maxims exist for generating and enjoying good outc...

Journey to Iraqi Kurdistan -- Realm of the Endangered Yazidi Pagans and Female Anti-ISIS Peshmerga Fighters

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

It was the sort of invitation that causes both excitement and trepidation, an invite to visit the autonomous mountain enclave in northern Iraq known as Kurdistan to carry out field research.

Dispatch from ISIS Front on Kurdistan's Sustainable Development

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Adam Sulkowski

Imagine you are invited by a former student to visit his home, Kurdistan, your friend is researching ethnic minorities in the War on Terror and wants ...

Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?

The Reality of Kurdistan

Philip Seib | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

It is time for the rest of the world to acknowledge the courage and importance of the Kurds and recognize an independent Kurdistan.

Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.

Breeding Intolerance: Turkish Soccer Fans Disrespect Islamic State Victims

James Dorsey | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish fans twice in two months disrupted moments of silence for victims of Islamic State attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration of the kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Turkey's Election Was Soaked in Suppression and Blood

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

What makes Turkey's authoritarianism, especially the AKP's, so hard to battle, is that it is covered with a thin layer of democracy. Elections are being held, the turnout is high, no wide range fraud was reported, four parties made it into parliament. But the campaign was all but democratic, given the government's violence, further control over the press and detention of opposition politicians.

Unity Is the Only Way Out for a Troubled Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In these dark days, for many analysts what happened on Oct. 10 in Ankara was the end of the Turkish Republic. Not in the sense of the territorial integrity of the country, but the rage and polarization among different groups.

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Only a Truly New Turkey Can Shed Light on Ankara Massacre

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.

Hello, My Name Is Luay. I Was A Refugee

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.