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Crisis in Iraq Risks Regional Conflagration

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Political differences need to be resolved through an inclusive process within Iraq with the active support of regional players. Neither the region nor the world can afford to underestimate how dangerous the present situation in Iraq has become, virtually overnight, and how vital it is to contain and reverse this threat.

To Stop ISIS, Iraq's Maliki Must Choose Between an Inclusive Alliance and Full-Scale Civil War

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Maliki clearly has no shortage of willing partners to fight ISIS as they advance on the Iraqi capital from the north and west. But whether or not Maliki will muster the political will to organize such a coalition is another story.

Oops, We Beheaded the Wrong Guy!

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

This gruesome, senseless, brutal episode underscores just how disconnected the situation is right now in Syria.

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Britain Has to Lead With Soft Power

Indra Adnan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Cameron, like Blair, cries: we can't stand idly by, wringing our hands. Damn right: take action but not of the killing kind.

U.S. Wasted Billions Rebuilding Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether ...

Beirut, a Novel Too Close for Comfort

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alexander McNabb outdid himself in his second novel, Beirut, An Explosive Thriller, another adventure-filled story loaded with intrigue, espionage, love, murder, international hoods and plenty of violence.

Could a Nuclear Iran Bring About More Stability, Rather Than Less?

Marc Gopin | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Marc Gopin

Rational actors of the West are not as rational as they always claim to be, and non-Western leaders are not as irrational as Western bias claims them to be.

Sectarian Attacks Kill At Least 8 In Iraq

AP | Posted 11.07.2012 | World

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Three separate bomb attacks against Shiite mosques in a volatile northern Iraqi city killed eight civilians on Friday and i...

Kurdish Oil Pipeline Could Split Iraq

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

Kurdish leaders in the north aim to defy Baghdad by exporting oil to Turkey through a new pipeline. Given simmering acrimony between the Kurdish government and Baghdad, that pipeline may be the tether that formally pulls Iraq in two.

Dozens Killed In Bombings Across Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombs ripped through 10 Iraqi cities Thursday, killing at least 30 people and shattering a month of relative calm. Minority lawmakers ...

March Death Toll For Iraqis Was Lowest Since 2003

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Official figures showed that 112 people were killed by violence in Iraq in March, the lowest monthly death toll for Iraqis since the U.S.-l...

Gunmen Storm Bus And Open Fire, At Least 25 Shiite Pilgrims Killed

AP | ABDUL SATTAR | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Suspected Sunni extremists opened fire on Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling by bus through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday on their way...

Conflict Over Shrine Highlights Muslim Divide In Iraq

AP | By REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion

SAMARRA, Iraq -- The bombing of a revered Shiite shrine in this Sunni city in central Iraq opened the worst chapter of the war, two years of sectarian...

Syria's President Deploys Troops Ahead Of Friday Prayers

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 07.05.2011 | World

May 5, 2011 10:38:22 PM By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, May 6 (Reuters) - Security forces have moved into central Syria and coastal areas ahea...

Top Ten April Fools Headlines, 2011

James Napoli | Posted 05.30.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

It might be interesting if the news indulged in a little April foolery, and, if they did, it might look something like these ten stories.

Huge Yemen Crowds Press On For President's Ouster

AP | By AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 05.30.2011 | World

SANAA, Yemen -- Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters packed the streets of several Yemeni cities Wednesday to demand the president's ou...

The Fabrication of Bahrain's Shiite-Sunni Divide

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The so-called sectarian divide of Bahrain is a manipulative simplification of a far greater divide: that of the colonially-installed government that has no connection with or compassion for the people of Bahrain.

Bahrain Forces Attack Protesters

AP | By BARBARA SURK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Military troops and security forces opened a large-scale assault Wednesday against hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying...

Bahrain's King Declares Martial Law

Reuters | Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

March 15, 2011 10:44:00 PM By Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter MANAMA, March 15 (Reuters) - Bahrain's king declared martial law on Tuesday ...

Lebanon's Jews: Loyalty to Whom? BBC Documentary Tracks Vanished Community

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

First came the book, then the documentary, on Lebanon's Jews who pine for their birthplace, singers Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih El Safi, and recall their...

U.S. Contractor Recounts Iraq Kidnapping

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Army contractor kidnapped in Iraq earlier this year described how his captors easily maneuvered past Iraqi checkpoints as he ...

Allawi: Still Our Safest Bet in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

As I have been arguing since the spring parliamentary elections, however, that contest's winner -- Iyad Allawi -- is the safest bet for US efforts to stabilize Iraq, a bet that has only become safer since the elections.

Soccer Could Save Iraq

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Harden

All around the world, winning and losing soccer games is a matter of national pride. Believe it or not, that little black and white ball might just be the key to winning the peace in Iraq.