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'Hellish Night' In Yemen: Over 65 Killed As Southern City Battered By War

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A leading international aid group on Friday made a dramatic appeal to Yemen's warring factions to halt attacks on civilians, a d...

Iraq's Maliki Rejects Blame For Letting Mosul Fall To ISIS

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Iraq's former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday denounced as worthless a parliamentary report which blamed ...

The Saudis and Iranians Need to Talk: And We Need to Make It Happen

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Marc Gopin

In recent years I have worked deeply on quiet conflict management interventions from Afghanistan to Iran, but mostly in Syria. I have watched the unnecessary suffering of countless people, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, the greatest civilian displacement in Middle Eastern history, and I have watched it up close through the lives of my students and friends.

Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Iraq's Shiite Militias Rename Their Offensive Against ISIS After Controversy

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.27.2015 | World

Shiite Militias in Iraq on Wednesday renamed their operation to take back the Anbar province, amid criticism from the U.S. and Iraqis that their initi...

Iraq Launches Operation To Retake Anbar Province From ISIS

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operatio...

Suicide Bomber Targets Shiite Worshippers In Saudi Arabia

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a...

Marginalize Mideast; End-Stage Childlessness

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Robert Whitcomb

The metastasizing Mideast chaos and violence have shown yet again the limitations of American power there. We're backing and opposing groups in a fluctuating toxic religious, ethnic, tribal and national stew and frequently contradicting ourselves as we do.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

Swiss Fondue With Iran While It Blows Up Yemen

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Just think about the supreme irony unfolding in war-torn Yemen -- Exhibit A of what I would charitably call "Kerry compartmentalization." While feve...

Religious Leaders Sign Declaration Against Modern Slavery

L'Huffington Post | Guilia Belardelli | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Empathy, love, respect, equality: these are the common denominators which caused the leaders of the world’s major religions to sign a declaration co...

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.

The Escalation of the War in Iraq Is Grounded in Fantasy

William Hartung | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The administration should think twice about sending arms to the government in Baghdad at a time when many of the weapons are likely to be used by Shiite factions to repress Sunnis in Baghdad and beyond. Unless the Shiite militias are brought under control, Obama's claim that there is an "inclusive government" in Baghdad will remain a fantasy.

Is Yemen On The Brink Of Civil War?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

Shiite rebels in Yemen signed a UN-brokered agreement with other political parties this weekend to form a new government. In weeks of intense clashes,...

NYT Reporter: Iranians Think 'ISIS Is An American Invention'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

Despite ongoing American airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, many Iranians believe the United States played a part in the inception of...

Obama's Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

James Zogby | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS). Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the IS crisis.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits? Take 2

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.10.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rumors are Lebanon's daily bread with legacy media and citizen journalists accused of fanning the flames amid domestic political unrest, economic uncertainty, and regional upheaval whose sparks are burning Lebanese fingers.

Timelines And Maps To Help You Understand The Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resol...

An Interactive Guide To The Sunni-Shiite Divide

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries. Struggles between Sunni and Shia forces...

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

Iraq Militants Strike Air Base, Seize Oilfields

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

* Mortars hit "Camp Anaconda" * 40 U.S. special operations personnel in Iraq * Government troops battle fighters for con...

Confronting Terrorism and Instability in the Middle East: The Common National Interests of Iran and the United States

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

The Middle East has been turned into a region of several failed or almost-failed states, and if the United States and Iran do not work together constructively, terrorism and instability will continue there for years to come.

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.