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Kurds Must Meet on Common Grounds to Prevail.

Delovan Barwari | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

Whether the KRG declares independence or remains part of Iraq, the survival and success of the political experiment in Rojava as a secure and prosperous neighbor directly affects the security and economic development of KRG, and vice versa.

Why Americans, Israelis and Jews Should Support an (Almost) Independent Kurdistan

Aki Peritz | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Aki Peritz

A free and independent Kurdistan is almost within reach of its inhabitants, a silver lining that could emerge from the ISIS's horrific march through much of Iraq.

Exploit the Inevitible

Richard Klass | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Richard Klass

There are two basic rules to the practice of Real Politick. The first is straightforward: Keep in with the outs. This is easy to practice when deali...

Happy Fourth Of July, Kurdistan

Joshua Gleis | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Joshua Gleis

On this Fourth of July weekend, as the world's greatest democracy celebrates its independence, it has an opportunity to right that wrong by reversing course and supporting the Iraqi Kurds in their road to independence.

Iraqi Kurdish President: Time To Plan Independence Referendum

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, July 3 (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament on Thursd...

Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

William Bradley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save the old carcass?

Nick Robins-Early

An Expert's Take On What The Future May Hold For Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

In the past weeks, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have conquered several cities in Iraq in a lightning offensive, bringing...

Kurdish Leader Warns Of A 'New Reality' In Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has alrea...

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Gertrude of Arabia and Her Kurdish Mistake

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

With the country again teetering on the brink of sectarian chaos, it is time to stop forcing Iraq's 35 million inhabitants -- Shiite Arabs in the south, Sunnis in central Iraq, and Kurds in the north -- to coexist within arbitrary British borders.

Special Ops Deployed to Iraq: What Does It Mean?

Janet Ritz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

President Obama announced that 300 Special Operations soldiers will be deployed to Iraq to advise the Iraq army and to perform special missions. He didn't elaborate on the missions so what does that mean?

Partition: The Only Viable Solution for the Turmoil in Iraq and Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The United States and the other international powers should look beyond short-term strategies for reducing violence and combating terrorism, as the failure in their quest stems from disregarding the underlying issues.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

The Kurd Is the Word

Francis Levy | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

The New York Times reported on Robert Kagan's New Republic piece, "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire" (5/26/14), ("Events in Iraq Open Door for Interv...

The Saudi Paradox: Spreading God and Terror in Iraq

Amir Madani | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Amir Madani

By its furious act of terror and mass murder, the ruthless beheading machine ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) has linked the Iraqi civil war to the Syrian bloodbath with a plan to establish a medieval caliphate in the desert region between the two countries.

Historic: The Kurds Seize Kirkuk

Janet Ritz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

People unfamiliar with Kurds may not see the significance of the Kurdish army taking the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, a rich oil city they've long wanted as part of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Bombings Target Kurdish Offices In Iraq, Killing 33

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A double bombing tore through Kurdish political party offices in northern Iraq in the deadliest of a series of attacks nationwide tha...

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Flag on Dorm Room Wall Signifies Resilience of Kurdish People

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Kathleen Buckstaff

When does a country become a country? Is it when the United Nations deems it so, or is it when an 18-year-old hangs a flag on his dorm room wall?

Walking Towards the Sun God

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

We venture into the Tektek Mountains, a curious title for a desert landscape of nomads, desolate temples and ruins of empires long past. But no mountains. We are in the midst of a seven day walk-and-talk journey with seven friends exploring the Abraham Path in southeastern Turkey.