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The Future of Nostalgia

Francis Levy | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Margalit Fox's Times obituary of Svetlana Boym, the Curt Hugo Reisinger professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at Harvard ("Svetlana Boym, 56, Scholar of Myth and Memory Dies, NYT, 8/22/13) discusses one of her works, The Future of Nostalgia.

What the West Should Understand About Human Rights in the Emirates

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Human rights have been a curious case when it comes to the UAE and the other Gulf Arab states for quite some time. The most widely reported concerns in the Emirates have had to do with workers in Dubai, the UAE's second city.

Israeli-Hamas Truce: An Opportunity In Disguise

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The prospective Israeli-Hamas truce presents a momentous opportunity, albeit in disguise, for all parties concerned to turn a new page in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and change its geopolitical and security dynamics, which succeeding Israeli and Palestinian governments could build on.

What Are the Saudis and Hamas Planning Behind Our Back?

David Oualaalou | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

This rapprochement with Hamas also explains, to some degree, the reason behind King Salman's decision to reshuffle his cabinet a few months ago. This and other moves suggest King Salman is more sympathetic to religious conservatives than his predecessor, the late King Abdullah.

We Can Defeat ISIS

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Amitai Etzioni

Without an inchoate caliphate, ISIS becomes another bunch of terrorists roaming in the area, competing with several others.ISIS can be defeated, and quite readily. It set itself up as an easier target than other terrorist groups when it defined itself as seeking to found a state, governed in line with its particular interpretation of Islam.

Iraq Is Not Iraq Anymore

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.

Sunnis And Shi'ites Pray Together For Unity After Bombing

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

KUWAIT, July 3 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any a...

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.