iOS app Android app


Many Refugees Don't Have Months

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Katie Sgarro

As Co-Founder and President of AsylumConnect (a nonprofit startup creating the first online, centralized resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in...

Lawmaker Slams Trump's Secretary Of State Pick For Hurting Middle East Christians

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, endangered Christians in Iraq in 2011, a top House Demo...

A Murder In Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics

Most mornings this August, Wedad Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old Kurdish journalist with a trim beard and a penchant for spiking his hair, would get up ear...

With The Peshmerga, On The Front Line In The Battle For Mosul

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Return to Kurdistan. My first move is to go into the hills around Mount Zartak to gather my thoughts in the spot where Maghdid Harki, the young, white...

If It's Liberated, Mosul Won't Be Safe for Minorities Unless It Adopts Grassroots Democracy

The Huffington Post | Frederike Geerdink | Posted 10.19.2016 | World

MAKHMUR, Iraq ― Diversity is what defined the land that is now Nineveh Province and its capital city, Mosul, for thousands of years. Like other part...

If It's Liberated, Mosul Won't Be Safe for Minorities Unless It Adopts Grassroots Democracy

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

MAKHMUR, Iraq ― Diversity is what defined the land that is now Nineveh Province and its capital city, Mosul, for thousands of years. Like other part...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Time For Kurdexit From Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 09.24.2016 | World
Delovan Barwari

The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and the Institute for Media and Political Research (IMPR) in August 2016 conducted a face-to-face survey in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to measure the level of support for independence.

Ala Tayyeb: A Film Journalist And Kurdish Hero

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The Al Murah zone of Iraqi Kurdistan Here, amid a landscape of fortifications and trenches, François Margolin, the producer of my documentary on Kurd...

Teenage Gunfight With ISIS

Alexandra Prim | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Alexandra Prim

In true keeping with its unconscionably horrific vision, Daash has been marching forward with a genocidal effort, specifically targeting Yazidi people whom it believes to be devil worshippers. Yazidis are not Muslim and practice some customs, including pagan ones that are misunderstood and leveraged as hate by Daash.

Why Kurdistan Is a Pillar of Hope in a Turbulent Middle East

Sasha Toperich | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Sasha Toperich

As government officials in Erbil often say, "We've made mistakes, but we are now correcting them." This tends to be true, and although there is much work to be done and the road ahead is long, the Kurdistan region is on the right track.

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 12.20.2016 | 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 02.20.2017 | 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 02.17.2017 | 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 02.17.2017 | 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 02.04.2017 | 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 02.01.2017 | 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 01.26.2017 | 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.