Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.
Few lawmakers have the guts to ask: What powers does our government have to kill people without due process? The larger question asked by Dirty Wars: What happens to us as Americans when we finally see what's hidden in plain sight?
It is clear that there is no doubt that the regime of Bashaar al Assad is responsible for killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens and destroying much of the country's infrastructure. But to say that is to say only part of the story.
I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.
After years of warning us about a "new cold war" with a possibly nuclear-armed Iran, you'd think the mass media would be celebrating. But no. The Times merely warns us that we have to shift our anxiety to a new target. Why?
On Iran, Romney's tough talk of war has disappeared with his old business colleague and friend Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's seeming to back away from strikes, at least this year, in his UN speech last month in New York. So what does he want to do differently from the "disastrous" Obama?
As a scientist and physician, I thought I had it all figured out. You live; you die; you're done. My entire paradigm, however, underwent a cataclysmic transformation soon after the death of my son, Erik.
I've traveled through the Holy Land, Africa, and Asia on a quest to understand what Muslims think about America and to discover what motivates young men and women to take up arms against my own nation. Here's what I found.