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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.

Happy New Year, Mr. President

Allan Topol | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Allan Topol

No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list and remained in Hawaii playing golf.

Heightened Sectarian and Political Tensions: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Coalition

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.

Shiite Fatwa Legitimizes Syrian War

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to f...

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

An Abrahamic Call for Sunnis and Shi'ites to Stand Together

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

Anxiety in the House of Saud

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

So what's the Saudi leadership so apprehensive about? Lots of things, as it happens, even though none presages revolution, or even upheaval.

Wave Of Attacks Rock Baghdad

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 11.21.2013 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings hit mainly Shiite commercial areas in and outside Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people, Iraqi official...

Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Wave Of Explosions Claims Dozens Of Lives In Baghdad

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A new wave of bombs tore through Baghdad on Monday, officials said, killing at least 55 people. Most of the blasts were car bombs deto...

Testing Iran's Change of Position

Allan Topol | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

Some in the U.S. concluded that at long last, Tehran desires a thaw in its relations with Washington and a normalization. I remain skeptical, hoping they are correct, but unwilling to make that leap for a number of reasons.

Symbolic Wars

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The United States of America should never wage a war unless it intends to win it. This week we are considering waging a war in Syria without any intention of winning that war or even ending it.

Violent Attacks Have Killed More Than 250 People In Iraq Over The Past 10 Days

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 09.19.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets Saturday night in Shiite areas of Baghdad, part of a re...

Killing in the Name of God

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Despite myriad conflicts, religion at its core was created to foster peace. Considering the ever-present challenge for human survival in a hostile world, it is understandable that religions would occasionally remain silent on the verdict of war or fail in their missions to promote peace.

Explosion Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold In Lebanon

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, wounding at least 53 people in the...

Sectarian Warfare Among Muslims to Continue in Egypt and Elsewhere

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Murtaza Haider

From Cairo to Peshawar, Shias are under attack by Sunni militants who have killed thousands of Shias in the sectarian warfare. While the world is focused on the intra-Sunni struggle between Muslim Brotherhood and the rest, the plight of Shias in Egypt and elsewhere remains largely ignored.

Wave Of Bloodshed Targeting Shiites Leaves 113 Dead

Agence France Presse | Salam Faraj | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

A bombing on Baghdad's southern outskirts killed seven people Wednesday, the latest in a three-day wave of bloodshed targeting Shiite Muslims that has...

As Syria Implodes, a Civil War Between Sunnis and Shiites Looms Ominously

Sheldon Filger | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Sheldon Filger

A decade after the beginning of the first modern Sunni-Shiite civil war that resulted from the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Syria has become the center of gravity in a regional sectarian bloodbath that displays every indication that it will get far more bloody.

Bombs Kill More Than 60 In Iraqi Capital

AP | ADAM SCHRECK and SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 07.27.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearl...

Bomb Blasts Claim More Lives In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 21 (Reuters) - Several bomb blasts killed at least 12 people in Iraq on Tuesday, police said, a day after more than 70 died in att...

The Shia-Sunni Divide: Tunnel Vision Prevails

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
James Dorsey

With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.

Al Qaeda -- in *%$#* Iran?! (A Five-Point Guide to Understanding the Links Between This Global Terror Threat and the Islamic Republic of Iran)

Gissou Nia | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Gissou Nia

Many surmised that the degree of nuance required to understand the possible links of Al Qaeda operatives in Iran would make many heads explode. So to avoid simplistic assessments and navigate this layered issue, here is a practical five-point guide.

How Saudi Arabia's 'Plan B' Became a Game Changer in Syria

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

A source with access to a senior Saudi official who has opted to remain anonymous, reveals that Saudi Arabia has managed to secure wide international -- albeit unannounced -- support for its initiative to end the Syrian crisis.

W's Iraq War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.