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Powerful Display Of Unity At Kuwait Funeral For ISIS Blast Victims

AP | Posted 06.28.2015 | World

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targe...

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

With ISIS At Its Door, Kurdistan Struggles To Accommodate Sunni Arabs And Yazidis

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asked about Kurdistan in Iraq, the autonomous region that has become the United States' favored partner on the ground against the Islami...

The Necessity of Iraqi Sunni Independence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq is to determine the political future of Sunni Iraqis. The Sunnis are not prepared to make all the needed sacrifices only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they reject and despise even more than ISIS. The Obama administration must begin, concurrently with the fight against ISIS, to negotiate the future status of the Sunni Iraqis.

Killings in Pakistan: When Will It Ever End?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

A senseless attack on a peaceful community of Ismaili Muslims in Karachi took place on May 13, 2015 resulting in 45 deaths, and 13 injured. The Ismaili Shia community is comprised of 15 million followers who reside in 25 countries, 500,000 of whom live in Pakistan.

Tragedy Follows Tragedy in Pakistan: When Will It Ever End?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

"We should condemn violence because it is unjust - period. Shias do not need a stamp of religious legitimacy from Sunni Islam to demand justice and protection of life from the state. The state has an obligation to protect Shia lives because they are citizens of the state."

The Politics of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The U.S. has the most powerful military in the history of the world, but it should not be utilized as a political tool or for retribution. The government and its leaders must do their best to make the right decisions, to be truthful with the American people, and to provide all the necessary support needed to fulfill the military's mission. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Protect Religious Liberty: Christians and Other Minority Faiths Face Violent Attacks in Middle East and Beyond

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Top U.S. General Worries Over What Follows Swift Iraq Win In Tikrit

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday predicted certain victory by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia battling to ...

Weighing the Arguments on U.S. Military Action Against ISIS

David Coates | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
David Coates

There are strong arguments making the case for the persistence (and indeed the intensification) of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets. But equally there are strong arguments, less frequently heard perhaps, for why the United States should not continue, and should certainly not intensify, those airstrikes.

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.

10 Reasons Why America Should Let Others Destroy ISIS and End Perpetual Military Involvement in Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It makes little sense to continue with the same tactic of perpetual war, without any assurance of a better strategic outcome. To assume that another Iraq war will keep us "safe" doesn't address the nature of terrorism or the nature of failed wars.

ISIS Unites the World

John Feffer | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

At the level of global affairs, there hasn't been anything like ISIS since Genghis Khan left immense piles of skulls outside conquered cities and dared the world to gang up against his Mongol horde. Genghis Khan didn't negotiate. The only word in his diplomatic vocabulary was capitulation. So too with ISIS and its dream of a caliphate of the oppressed.

ISIS -- Echoing the Purges of the Khmer Rouge?

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Andrew Lam

Perhaps with international efforts, ISIS can be contained, weakened and driven back to its stronghold in Syria. But it isn't expected to die an easy death. Even so, its crimes against humanity demand all efforts. The Khmer Rouge, left to their own devices, murdered nearly a quarter of its own population.

Falling Oil Prices and Geopolitics

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The dawn of 2015 finds Americans continuing to marvel and benefit at the pump from low oil prices. Yet many ask: Why all of a sudden are prices falling so drastically? Do market forces have anything to do with it? Or is this a political strategy?

Muslims: You Must Break Free of Captivity

Qasim Rashid | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

The same clerics who stand to lose everything if the Muslim masses turn away from them took yet another cowardly and barbaric step to ensure they keep their masses captive -- either mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

The Trap of Islam's Eternal Conflict

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

There are many things the U.S. can do to help degrade and destroy ISIS, as President Obama claims as his goal. But letting ourselves get buried deeper into the middle of this centuries-old sectarian morass should not be one of them.

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that's simply a rebranding of the old one, there's a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war.

Give War A Chance?

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While American politicians snipe at each other to try to find partisan advantages to use in the upcoming midterm elections, the hard questions are going unasked.

A War Worth Fighting, But We're Not There Yet

James Zogby | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

I'm not one of those who scoffed at the President, a few weeks back, when he told reporters that he had not yet developed a strategy to confront ISIL -- the precursor to IS. Despite the rants of critics on the right, I want my President to spend time developing a strategy.