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A "Great Fear" in Kosovo

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In this carnage, both the Damascus dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, which is supported by the Iranian regime, and the ultra-Wahhabi "Islamic State" that opposes the civil resistance to Bashar, are guilty.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

Jailed Kurdish Leader Says Armed Struggle With Turkey 'Unsustainable'

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

By Daren Butler DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said on Saturday his ...

American People Must Say No to Washington's Foolish Policy of Constant War

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound. Any problems obviously result, it is claimed, from execution, a matter of doing too little: too few troops engaged, too few foreigners killed, too few nations bombed, too few societies transformed, too few countries occupied, too few years involved, too few dollars spent. As new conflicts rage across the Middle East, the interventionist caucus' dismal record has become increasingly embarrassing.

Women Up in Arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds Embrace a New Gender Politics

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

By Charlotte Maria Sáenz, Other Worlds "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico...

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Rand Paul, Longtime Foe Of Nation Building, Is Ready Now To Redraw The Middle East

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Nation-builder" probably isn't a term Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would use to describe himself. The libertarian-leaning senator has built a...

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.

The Next Target in the War on the Islamic State: Mosul? Tikrit? Is Anybody in Charge? (Updated March 7, 2015)

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Why move on Tikrit now instead of Mosul? What does this sorry little incident tell us about the U.S. government's strategy in fighting the Islamic State and the nature of its relationship with the Baghdad government?

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S. C...

Jailed Kurdish Leader Asks Fighters To End Armed Struggle In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end ...

Kurdish Fighters Capture ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stron...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurds: We Need More Support To Fight ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kurdish fighters on the frontlines against the Islamic State group have been successful thus far but urgently need expanded support from...

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Won't Be 'Considered For The Higher Office' Because Of Benghazi

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to “defend our ambassador” during the 2012 Bengh...

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.

Hoshiyar Ali, Who Has Lost Both His Legs, Is Still Defusing Mines In Northern Iraq

Hans-Joachim Löwer | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Hans-Joachim Löwer

"As long as I still have my hands, I will not stop this work," he says, "not even for a moment."

Boots on the Ground: Obsolete

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Unless the United States is prepared to expect severe casualties to hundreds maybe thousands of our forces, we must keep boots off the ground. Our air forces are doing a reasonably effective job with so far no casualties to us, we must keep it that way.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurds Become A 2016 Campaign Issue For Rand Paul

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is showing signs of trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials ahead of a likely run for president in 2016,...

How to Deal With the Islamic State? Arm the Kurds

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I believe that there is no better choice than to help the Kurds help us vanquish the unparalleled barbarity of the beheaders of the Islamic State. So, yes, weapons. An alliance without reservations or hidden agendas. Perhaps even a major "Erbil conference."

Kurds Clash With Turkish Police While Calling For Release Of PKK Leader

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Thousands of Kurds rallied in towns across Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast o...

The Loophole That Denies Fighters Their 72 Virgins

Em & Lo | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Em & Lo

Itai Anghel, an Isreali Jewish news correspondent and filmmaker with the balls the size of pumpkins, recently wandered into Syria and Iraq with a camera and not much else (no helmet, no bullet proof vest) to capture the front lines of the Kurdish fight against ISIS.

Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Struggle To Hold Gains Against ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

SNUNY, Iraq (AP) — Only stray dogs and a dozen armed fighters walk the streets of Snuny, a ghost town at the base of Mount Sinjar where rapid milita...

Sophia Jones

Despite Kobani's Liberation From ISIS, Many Syrians See Little To Celebrate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.29.2015 | World

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- Syrians say there's little to celebrate even if Kurdish fighters, aided by a barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes, have successfully dr...

Kurdish Officials Say They've Pushed ISIS Out Of Kobani

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle...

Kurds Battle Assad's Forces, Opening New Front In Syria's War

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY/BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish s...