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Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.

Russia's Expanding Global Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia's new agreement to sell Nigeria arms to combat Boko Haram (BH) is evidence of its desire to expand its global geopolitical influence as well as enhance its reputation for being willing to step in where the West will not.

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Iraq To Overhaul Baghdad Security To Stop Bombings

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesma...

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Samir's Iraqi Odyssey Explains Iraq and the Humanity Within

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly its resilient people -- the Iraqis.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.30.2014 | 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.

Massive Blast Rocks Central Baghdad

Posted 10.28.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said. ...

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

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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.

Lesbians, Finger Exercises, and Her Piano

Rachel Wahba | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

Video camera in hand, Donna Deitch of Desert Hearts fame asked my outspoken 95-year-old grandmother, "Granny, did you ever think of being with a woman?"

Send in the Air Force Combat Controllers and Green Berets to Destroy ISIS.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

As Rome (or at least Kobani) burns and faces the very real threat of a Srebrenica-style massacre, it is time for the US to stop fiddling and entertain the idea of putting small groups of US troops into the fray to empower our Kurdish peshmerga, Free Syrian Army and Iraqi government allies.

Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

AP | PETE YOST and SAM HANANEL and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incide...

Iraqi Forces Clash With ISIS Fighters West of Baghdad

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiri...

War and Water: Middle East Conflicts in the Watershed

Peter Neill | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The location of these cities and the caravan or highway routes between them are all testimony to the fact that for all time water has enabled the true security of the region. Take away the slogans and guns, let the people live there, and the water will sustain them.

Deadly Attacks In Iraq Kill At Least 43

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic ...

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 19 Outside Baghdad Mosque

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces' advance on a key northern c...

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.

Report: Suicide Bombing In Baghdad Kills At Least A Dozen

AP | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Police officials in the Iraqi capital say a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in a predominantly ...

REPORT: ISIS Closing In On Baghdad

McClatchy | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country’s larges...

Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

Mathew Markman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Mathew Markman

Despite broad international support for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, the fundamental characteristics of the Syrian conflict remain unchanged.

Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is clear to me that the cowardice evinced by the president is directly proportional to the never-ending 9/11 fear mongering that continues to paralyze and retard this country.

The Beheadings Are Bait

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

In our rush to return to war in Iraq we are playing into the Islamic State's hands, just as we played into the hands of al Qaeda in Iraq in 2004 and into Osama bin Laden's larger strategy with our morally disastrous Global War on Terror.

BDA, Genocide and Oil in Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

In all of our lifetimes we have seen the United States led into war based on inaccurate and false assertions of dangers and horrors, often for the benefit of a few. It should not happen again.

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.