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Southern Iraq Is A Safe Place

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Iraqi pilgrims march through southern Iraq on their way to Karbala for Arbaeen, a major religious gathering. November 2014 Quite often when the main...

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...

Why ISIS Is On the March in Sunni Iraq?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

This is an unconventional warfare, hence the need for unconventional, ideological forces to adequately oppose this group.

As the Sheiks Go Marching in

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

When the assorted Middle Eastern Sheiks, Kings, and Crown-Princes troop to Camp David this week for a meeting with President Obama to discuss America's rapidly warming relationship with Iran, they would do well to recall one of geopolitics eternal truisms.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

The Quest for Islamic 'Reformation'

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Saleem H. Ali

As a Muslim, who has followed this polarization of narratives, I am convinced that all opinions deserve to be heard and not just marginalized as either "Islamophobia" or "Jihadism," albeit with caution. Prejudice is a common human failing which people of all faiths are capable of.

Marginalize Mideast; End-Stage Childlessness

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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.

Time to Fix US-Iran Policy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe now is the time -- actually, it has been the time for decades now -- to consider new forms of leadership, not only in the Middle East, but around the world. We need to get away from the leaders who demonize the other, who use fear, threat, and actual engagement in war as tools for their own maintenance of power.

Swiss Fondue With Iran While It Blows Up Yemen

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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...

Can Islam Be Reformed?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The many problems that Muslim masses and Islamic countries have been grappling with, coupled with the terrorism perpetrated by radical Sunni Muslims, have given rise to the idea that Islam as a religion cannot be reformed, and that Islam's basic tenet is problematic.

Washington Should Stop Slobbering Over Saudi Arabia: Vicious Frenemy Makes World More Dangerous

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The king has died. Long live the king. Saudi Arabia today is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system.

Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology.

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...

The Islamic State: Existential or Exaggerated Danger?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The threat of IS may be exaggerated. But if effective action is not taken now, IS will become existential. And that threat will extend far beyond the Middle East.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

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.

Iraq's Sunnis Won't Fight ISIS for U.S.

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Iraq's Sunnis won't fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America's war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here's why.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The inclusionary government America's strategy for Iraq rests on is an illusion, a governmental fantasy in 2014 as it was 2003-2011. Everyone with eyes-- except the U.S. government-- can see where this one ends.

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

Matthew Hoh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The greater we supported the corrupt government in Kabul and the more American troops we sent, the more the Taliban prospered. A similar dynamic is at play in Iraq. Consequently, without a change in American policy the cycle of violence in Iraq will continue its ghastly spiral.

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

The Islamic State and the Soul of Islam?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

The battles against terrorists such as the Islamic State and the centuries-old tension between Sunnis and Shias are not symbolic of the 'soul of a religion'. Instead, these sectarian and politically fueled schisms are symbolic of the battles for the soul of humanity, pluralism and peace.

On 9/11, Osama bin Laden Set a Trap To Lure America Into Perpetual War. Is He Winning?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Osama bin Laden is the reason we're fighting ISIS today and the reason we've wage two wars in the Middle East. His vision for chaos in ...

10 Fabrications Muslim Leaders Need to Stop Making About Ahmadi Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Though Muslim leadership largely remains silent and tacitly endorses the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims while promoting the aforementioned misinformation, the Muslim youth and young Muslim leaders are rising up for pluralism.