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Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

What You Need to Know About the Mesopotamian Jigsaw

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

To better navigate into the Middle East in flames, let me share some religious definitions, words and expressions we will be hearing and reading a lot in the following weeks.

Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

William Bradley | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.

Laughing From His Grave

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Nearly 12 years ago, the United States Congress, representing the American people, provided President George W. Bush with the authorization to invade Iraq. Friday, seemingly under this same authorization, American bombs fell again on Iraq.

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.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

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...

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

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...

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

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?

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...

Expert: Global Grand Alliance Needed Against Wahhabi Terror

Cleo Paskal | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

Indian Strategist Prof. M D Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair and Editorial Director of the Sunday Guardian, has an unusually spot-on record for predicting trends in the Middle East. This is what he has to say about Iraq.

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.

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

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.

Gertrude of Arabia and Her Kurdish Mistake

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.23.2014 | 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.

Iraq Needs Greater Sunni-Shiite Dialogue: Cleric

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion

By Amena Bakr DOHA, June 23 (Reuters) - An influential Sunni Muslim cleric said on Monday that only dialog could solve Iraq's crisis, ...

10 Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Terrible Idea

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The smell of blood is once again in the air in Washington -- this week for airstrikes and other forms of violent intervention in Iraq. Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

Iraq Insurgents Capture Another Town

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening t...

Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

This civil war in Iraq is a war caused by our invasion and nearly decade long occupation, no doubt, but it is a war that will only worsen if the United States once again returns and takes a side. As with so many modern wars, a solution lies not in killing, but in compromise.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

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.