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Religious Leaders Sign Declaration Against Modern Slavery

L'Huffington Post | Guilia Belardelli | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Empathy, love, respect, equality: these are the common denominators which caused the leaders of the world’s major religions to sign a declaration co...

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.

The Escalation of the War in Iraq Is Grounded in Fantasy

William Hartung | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

The administration should think twice about sending arms to the government in Baghdad at a time when many of the weapons are likely to be used by Shiite factions to repress Sunnis in Baghdad and beyond. Unless the Shiite militias are brought under control, Obama's claim that there is an "inclusive government" in Baghdad will remain a fantasy.

Is Yemen On The Brink Of Civil War?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

Shiite rebels in Yemen signed a UN-brokered agreement with other political parties this weekend to form a new government. In weeks of intense clashes,...

NYT Reporter: Iranians Think 'ISIS Is An American Invention'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

Despite ongoing American airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, many Iranians believe the United States played a part in the inception of...

Obama's Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

James Zogby | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS). Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the IS crisis.

Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits? Take 2

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.10.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rumors are Lebanon's daily bread with legacy media and citizen journalists accused of fanning the flames amid domestic political unrest, economic uncertainty, and regional upheaval whose sparks are burning Lebanese fingers.

Timelines And Maps To Help You Understand The Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resol...

An Interactive Guide To The Sunni-Shiite Divide

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries. Struggles between Sunni and Shia forces...

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

Iraq Militants Strike Air Base, Seize Oilfields

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

* Mortars hit "Camp Anaconda" * 40 U.S. special operations personnel in Iraq * Government troops battle fighters for con...

Confronting Terrorism and Instability in the Middle East: The Common National Interests of Iran and the United States

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

The Middle East has been turned into a region of several failed or almost-failed states, and if the United States and Iran do not work together constructively, terrorism and instability will continue there for years to come.

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

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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.

Live From the Shiite Cafe!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So maybe Iraq wouldn't be falling apart if Nouri al-Maliki and his fellow Shia had been just a bit more magnanimous in victory? Here's a fave from the...

Why America Should Let Iraq Resolve its Own Crisis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The U.S. already destroyed the political, economic and social infrastructure of Iraq, turning it into an anarchic free-for-all of every clan for itself. We in the West try to deny the ugly consequences of our own actions by shrugging our shoulders and noting that Iraqis are, after all, "eternally tribal." But who do you turn to when the proverbial excrement--the destruction of your country--hits the fan? Most people revert to their core social identities--their clans, tribes, sectarian or regional groups--the only ones that can provide security against anarchy and enemies.

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Instead of a good old-fashioned and simple Our Side vs. Their Side, Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, the Iraq War is one that comprises many layers. They intermingle and overlap, kind of like the multiverse of conflict. Some of this is painted here in quibbly broad strokes, but the core is solid.

No More U.S. Intervention in Iraq

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Despite all of the hysteria surrounding the advances in northern Iraq of the brutal group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), no crisis exists for U.S. security, and the American people are wise in their skepticism of renewed U.S. military involvement in that country.

Crisis in Iraq Risks Regional Conflagration

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Political differences need to be resolved through an inclusive process within Iraq with the active support of regional players. Neither the region nor the world can afford to underestimate how dangerous the present situation in Iraq has become, virtually overnight, and how vital it is to contain and reverse this threat.

To Stop ISIS, Iraq's Maliki Must Choose Between an Inclusive Alliance and Full-Scale Civil War

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Maliki clearly has no shortage of willing partners to fight ISIS as they advance on the Iraqi capital from the north and west. But whether or not Maliki will muster the political will to organize such a coalition is another story.

Oops, We Beheaded the Wrong Guy!

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

This gruesome, senseless, brutal episode underscores just how disconnected the situation is right now in Syria.

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Britain Has to Lead With Soft Power

Indra Adnan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Cameron, like Blair, cries: we can't stand idly by, wringing our hands. Damn right: take action but not of the killing kind.

U.S. Wasted Billions Rebuilding Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether ...