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

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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.

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

When Secretary of State John Kerry met with freshly minted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, he declared that the U.S. was "very enco...

The Middle East: From Saddam to ISIL to Nation Building

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

For the West to act surprised and plead ignorance about the quick rise of ISIL is like asking the reader to forget about the allies' actions that led to this moment in history.

The Unintended Consequences Of The U.S. Campaign Against Islamic State

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

SULEIMAN BEG, Iraq, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A small group of people pick through putrefying human remains laid out on plastic sheets by the side of a roa...

Bosnia Muslim Community Urges Safety and Release of Hostages

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let there be no doubt that those who commit such horrific acts in the name of the "Islamic State" or Islam will be judged by the Muslim community of BiH (traditionally also Sunni) as violating Islamic values as well as inconsistent with our experience.

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

Rebranding the 'Islamic State'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

While these terrorists insist they are governing under Islamic law and are carrying out their atrocities in the name of Allah, they are nothing but thugs and assassins who are desecrating a religion and blaspheming the name of Allah.