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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.

Why America Is Dropping Bombs To Defend Erbil

New Yorker | Steve Coll | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Ru...

Here's What Motivated Obama To Act In Iraq

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Progressives Should Stand with the President to Oppose Genocide

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I have been a vocal opponent of that war since George W. Bush proposed the invasion in 2002. I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in Iraq last night deserve progressive support.

This is Iraq (But Not the One You've Seen Before)

Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Victoria Fine

Iraqi Kurdistan is full of the growing pains and remarkable opportunities of a society that is moving on from violence and redefining a national and regional identity. This is the story we are here to tell.

Why Can't Kurdish Journalists Write Well? A Look at Modern Media in Iraq

Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Victoria Fine

There are virtually no independent news organizations in northern Iraq. This may not surprise you. But what might is that freedom of the press is not Iraqi Kurdistan's biggest media problem.