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Obama Is Letting Turkey Target The U.S.'s Best Bet Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey's brutal treatment of its Kurdish population could plunge the country into a full-on civil war and make the Middle East even mor...

Orhan Pamuk Speaks Up Against the Oppression in Turkey

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Yavuz Baydar

"How could you, prime minister, have become so cruel, so coldhearted?" said Mahsun Kırmızıgül recently, unable to hold back his feelings on the ongoing deadly clashes in the Southeast of Turkey.

Russia Is Exploiting Syria's Kurds And America's Frustrations to Complicate The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Syria peace talks begin in Geneva, America's key partners on the ground feel neglected, excluded and increasingly receptive to a man ...

A Country On The Edge Of Europe Increasingly Looks Like War-Torn Syria

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.29.2016 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of stories that made news in recent days. Did you notice the media forgot all about another story's ba...

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.

A College Student's Guide to Syria

Jordan Houston | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Jordan Houston

For the average college student, it's hard enough to juggle classes, exams, job applications, internships, clubs, and sports...let alone keep up with the details of a situation as complex as the Syrian civil war.

The Crowded Syrian Battlefield: Is a Turkish Invasion Next?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Amidst these multi-pronged, often overlapping and sometimes directly clashing campaigns, there has been mounting evidence that Turkish military forces may be readying a ground offensive into Syria.

Falling Oil Prices Threaten a Key Ally in Fight Against ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Falling oil prices, combined with the costs of war and of housing refugees, is threatening the Kurdish Peshmerga's ability to fight ISIS.

Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Turkey's Kurds

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Stefan Ihrig

JERUSALEM -- The renewed violence in the Turkish southeast owes a lot to an undigested history of violence against all sorts of ethnic and otherwise defined enemies of the Turkish state.

Turkey Suffers From Terrorism Because Erdogan Targets Political Opponents Instead

John A. Tures | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Erdogan's crackdown on political rivals coupled with a disproportionate number of bombings at Kurdish rallies and other parties makes you wonder what's really going on.

Learning to Love Iraq

James Denselow | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
James Denselow

"The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq" - Emma Sky (Atlantic Books, 2015) Coming some years after the glut of writing that ac...

Question for Bernie: Whatever Happened to Your Mayoral Foreign Policy?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

Perhaps it is time for Bernie's followers, the "Sanderistas," to start pressuring their candidate to come up with a more convincing narrative on international affairs.

The 'New Normal'

James Zogby | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

The refugee flows have created new realities that are changing the demographic maps of the Middle East and Europe. The sooner we recognize and address the requirements of accommodating ourselves to these new realities the better it will be for the refugees and for their host countries.

U.S. Slides Back into War in Iraq, Joining Conflict President Once Opposed

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.02.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day.

The Bloody Cost Of Turkey's Crackdown On Kurds

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | World

ISTANBUL — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban dis...

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.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

  ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One day in the fall of 2012, Salih Muslim Muhammed walked into the boxy gray American embassy in Stockholm and applied...

What Would Robert Gates Say to a U.S. Ground War in Syria?

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

Look how the political discourse of the country has shifted following recent terrorist attacks and the one-upmanship xenophobia of the Republican presidential primary. Who is confident that whoever wins the Republican primary would not try to lead the country into a ground war in Syria?

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.

Guess Who's Against a "Safe Zone" in Northern Syria? U.S.-Backed Kurds

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

"Safe zone" -- what an endearing and attractive phrase! Who could object to something so attractively named? But apparently U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS object. Who knew?

Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.

Who Will Fight ISIS?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?

Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.28.2015 | World

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