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Sadrist politician blames Maliki for recent Baghdad blasts

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

A prominent Shia politician from the Sadrist political bloc has blamed the Iraqi government for failing to protect religious sites in Baghdad followin...

DoD Report: 'Iran's Ideological Goals Have Taken a Back Seat to Pragmatic Considerations'

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Duss

According to the newly released report, Iran could probably develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. by 2015 given "sufficient foreign assistance."

Bush's White House Ethics Lawyer Criticizes Obama Administration's Ethics. Are You F**king Kidding!?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's unsurprisingly hypocritical for Richard Painter, who was in the thick of some of Bush era political chicanery in Rove's West Wing, to attack Obama and use his administration as the poster-child for partisan opportunism.

The West's Victim Complex

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

A wave of righteous indignation sweeps the West with every alleged act of terror, while quotidian civilian casualties in Iraq or Afghanistan are treated as a humdrum affair, barely meriting mention.

This Holocaust Memorial Day: Dr. Al-Fulaij Demonstrates the Only Thing Worse Than Holocaust Denial

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

On April 12th Jews the world over will gather to pray for the souls of six million of our brothers and sisters who were mass murdered by Nazi Germany ...

The Myth of Ronald Reagan

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

A closer look at Reaganomics: One could argue that the selling of American businesses to overseas' markets began under Reagan.

George W. Bush Defends Waterboarding: Would Waterboard Khalid Sheik Mohammed Again

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Former President George W. Bush says if he had it to do over, he would still waterboard the self-professed mastermind of t...

Saying Goodbye To Baghdad's Green Zone

New York Times | Anthony Shadid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nothing transpires in the Green Zone without at least a hint of the surreal. ...

Weekly Reader: Saddam's sex tape, Larry Kramer at the mall & Veruca Salt

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bil Browning

While "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal dominated the queer conversation this week, don't forget that there were plenty of other overlooked stories. We k...

Oil and Music: Conversations With Steve Forbert and Tift Merritt

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Forbert discusses his apropos single "The Oil Song," originally released in 1979, and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt describes her songwriting process.

CIA Unit's Plan To Discredit Saddam: Depict Him As Gay

Washington Post | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

During planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Iraq Operations Group kicked around a number of ideas for discrediting Saddam Hussein in the ...

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

Iraq Mass Grave: New Find Dates To Saddam Era

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Human Rights Ministry says a Saddam Hussein-era mass grave dating to his 1991 suppression of a Shiite revolt has been unearthed...

Official Who Lobbied For Saddam Donated Heavily To GOP Committees

Murray Waas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

John Venners, a Washington D.C. based public relations man who aided an influence effort to ease international economic sanctions against the Iraqi re...

The Invasion Of Iraq: Reflections Seven Years Later

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ryan McDermott

This week marks the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. But my experience of the war started a few months earlier.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner ElBaradei Writing Memoir

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) is writing a memoir about his years as head of the International Atomic...

Laura Bush's Memoir, 'Spoken From The Heart,' Reveals More Than She Intended About Her Marriage

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

How could quiet Laura Welch have decided to marry rowdy George Bush after a courtship of just six or seven weeks? What did the bookworm and the alcoholic have to talk about? How did they find a link strong enough for 33 anniversaries?

Movie Review: Green Zone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Green Zone is a movie which, given a stronger sense of purpose, might have recounted exactly those failings and shown in stark relief how we were hoodwinked into war.

Gordon Brown: Iraq War Was The Right Thing To Do

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted Friday the decision to invade Iraq was justified, but told a major inquiry into the war th...

Saddam's Social Network Not So Foreign

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

If social network analysis is so powerful, why isn't it used more often--in intelligence and elsewhere?

Mission Accomplished, All Over Again ...

Josh Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Rushing

I just returned from my sixth trip to Iraq where I expected to film a preview of Sunday's elections for an episode of my show Fault Lines on Al Jazeera English, but instead I found a civil war in the making.

Bizarre Bernanke

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

Bernanke does the Congress and the public a disservice by disrespecting Congress with flippant, ignorant responses. Kudos to Chairman Frank for saying we need to followup on Dr. Paul's issues.

Ben Bernanke Snaps At Ron Paul Over Wild Accusations (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In an odd exchange this morning at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke -- who was in Congress to report on the countr...

Much Better Questions for Dick Cheney on This Week

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Do you agree that President Obama has been more aggressive hunting down al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Pakistan border regions that you were, Mr. Cheney?

Blair Defends Iraq War: Tells Inquiry That Sending A Message Was 'Primary Consideration'

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — He was right and he'd do it again. That was Tony Blair's message Friday as he fought for his place in history against critics who cont...