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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.

Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

Barzani Must Remain President to Lead Kurds out of Crisis

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

With Iraq and Syria embroiling in bloodshed, the calamity is likely to deepen as Turkey officially entered the war by conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

Kurdish Militants Attack Police In Turkey

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say Kurdish rebels have fired at a police vehicle in southern Turkey, killing a policeman and wounding another...

Iraq's Kurds Ask PKK Rebels To Withdraw

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdish Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to preve...

Iraq's Kurds Want A Ceasefire Between Turkey And The PKK

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iraq's embattled Kurds feel trapped by the resurgent conflict between Turkey and the militant Kurdish PKK movement and would like ...

Selling Out the Kurds

Stephan Richter | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Stephan Richter

The U.S. military is now helping Turkey's hardliners achieve their goals against the very Kurdish fighters whose close coordination with U.S. bombers have pushed ISIS back from Kobane and disrupted its supply lines.

Turkey's Dark Future

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Erdogan wants Turks to blame others for the country's problems. However, there will be a tipping point when they blame Erdogan for mismanaging Turkey's affairs, endangering its security and turning a blind eye to criminal profiteering by his friends and family.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

Here's What's Behind Erdoğan's New Airstrikes -- And Why They Could Backfire

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly attacked ISIS in Syria. Why now? Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but here's what I think are the key issues driving policy.