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Sistani's Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The 85-year-old Grand Ayatollah did not talk to me as if I'm Sunni or Shia, Muslim or non-Muslim but just as a human being. I left his reception fully confident that Iraq is currently in safe hands so long as it continues to have wise men like him. However, what will happen after Sistani departs a fragile Iraq?

Ashura In the Shadow of New Terrorism

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sectarian violence persists in Islam, and discredits the religion of Muhammad, Ali, and Husayn before the world. There is much to ponder, this year, on Ashura.

Iran Vows To Defend Shiite Muslim Holy Sites In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

By Ghazwan Hassan BAGHDAD, June 18 (Reuters) - Iran's president vowed on Wednesday to defend Shi'ite holy sites in Iraq, where Sunni ...

City And Citizen Diplomacy: Alternative Foreign Policy From Minneapolis

Luke Wilcox | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Luke Wilcox

The relationship between America and Iraq (and America and the world) depends not only on our nation's actions, but also on the actions of our nation's communities.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Succession In Iraq Not Just About Piety

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAJAF, Iraq — Behind the scenes in this holy city, Shiite clerics are quietly intriguing over who will succeed the sect's most revered and polit...

New Wave of Violence Against Iraqi Gays

GroundReport.com | GroundReport.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Rights advocate speaks of an "extraordinarily brutal campaign", saying hundreds may have been killed in last few months. By IWPR trainees in Baghdad (...