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World's Strictest Airport Security? Forget Tel Aviv. Think Kashmir.

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...

A New Anthology of Baghdadi Poetry for Western Readers

Joseph Braude | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
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Joseph Braude

Baghdad's ethnic, religious, and historical complexities make it difficult to translate the city's poems without providing layers of context. Thus the choice of material to translate can raise political and even moral questions.

Iraq: Militants Accidentally Set Off Own Car Bomb, At Least 21 Dead

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 04.12.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say militants accidentally set off their own car bomb at a training camp north of Baghdad, leaving 21 of their number...

Day Of Car Bombings Kill At Least 23 Across Baghdad

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A new series of car bombings in and around Baghdad on Monday killed at least 23 people, officials said, as Iraq's Shiite-led governme...

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Proof of Ancient Aliens in the National Museum of Iraq?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
Paula Froelich

One of the most amazing, inspiring museums a lot of people will (sadly) never get to visit is the National Museum Of Iraq in Baghdad.

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The latest violence in Iraq rivals the levels last seen during wartime. Last year, between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians were killed, the highest number since 2008.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Biden Calls Iraqi Leader For Second Time This Week

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, voicing support f...

Gunmen Kill 12 At Baghdad Brothel

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

Gunmen killed seven women and five men at a brothel in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.The attack took place at an a...

U.S. To Support Iraq, But Without Troops

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States will support Iraq's fight against al-Qaida-linked militants w...

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

As a poet and a bookseller, Beau recognized that Al-Mutanabbi Street would have been his home, and sought to raise awareness and to promote the role of the artist in social activism and the commonality between Al-Mutanabbi Street and any street that holds a bookstore, library, university, or arts organization.

Iraq's Maliki in D.C.: Take Down the Welcome Sign

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

No matter what transpires in the Oval Office, Maliki will waltz out of that meeting boasting in Arabic to his Shiite followers that he is Washington's preferred leader. That spin must not go unchallenged by the White House.

Attacks Across Iraq Kill At Least 31

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.13.2013 | World

BAGHDAD -- BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of bombings in mostly Shiite-majority cities across Iraq on Sunday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, ...

The Evolving Landscape in Syria and Implications for Greater Kurdistan

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ease with which violence in Iraq and Syria has negatively impacted surrounding countries underscores the declining significance of borders throughout the Levant.

Wave Of Evening Bombs Kills Dozens In Baghdad

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 11.03.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A series of coordinated evening blasts in Baghdad and other violence killed at least 67 people in Iraq on Tuesday, officials said, the...

War Threatens Palmyra, UNESCO Pleads for Syrian Heritage Protection

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's another urgent call to protect Syria's irreplaceable historical sites amidst the fog of war, loss of life and limb, and steady drumbeat of outsid...

Blast In Baghdad Park Leaves At Least 36 Dead

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 08.23.2013 | World

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber attacked a park in northern Baghdad crowded by cafe- and restaurant-goers Friday night, the bloodiest attack in a day of v...

Car Bombs Kill At Least 51 In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A series of car bombs targeting busy markets and shopping streets in and around Baghdad killed at least 51 people and wound...

Another Voice: Entrepreneurship in Baghdad

Startup Weekend | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Sheikh Shuvo, Regional Manager at UP Global Meet Maryam. She's a 24-year-old Iraqi woman, a college graduate with an IT degree, and has been activ...

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

Al Qaeda's Prison Attack Indicates Bleak Prospects for Iraq's Stability

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Colin Wolfgang

Once again the world wonders if Iraq is on the brink of devolving into a failed state similar to Somalia.

Al Qaeda Claims Deadly Prison Raids In Iraq

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 09.22.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad ...

Bombs On Outskirts Of Baghdad Kill 6

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 09.20.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed 13 people on Sunday, as the death toll from a coordinated wave of late-night car bombings and ot...