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Eric Holder Concerned Foreign Fighters In Syria Are Working With Yemenis

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned fighters from Europe and the...

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Perfect Friendship

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The only conclusion one can draw from the foregoing is that war makes strange bedfellows. How they'll all feel when they wake up in the morning we'll find out if that ever happens.

The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

America Should Stay Out of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington's responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia.

Iran: What a Difference a Few Months Make

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Iran is now facing serious challenges that strike at its economic and military weaknesses. In an Arab world that is less than 10-percent Shiite and distrusts non-Arabs, Persian Shiite Iran faces hostile Arab Sunni fundamentalist movements that are rising in the aftermath of the failures of the Arab Spring.

Iraq: The Narratives of Intervention

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rick Ayers

The battles in Iraq should be heartbreaking and infuriating to all Americans. Heartbreaking because it did not have to be this way. Infuriating because we have to know, in our heart of hearts, that this is a U.S.-created disaster.

Iraq and the Middle East Refugee Crisis

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

June 20th is declared World Refugee Day. In this year, this day is being marked by another increase of 9 million refugees.

Iraq Insurgents Capture Another Town

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.22.2014 | World

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

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

Everything You Need to Know About the Middle East Can Be Explained by Dr. Seuss

MP Nunan | Posted 06.20.2014 | Comedy
MP Nunan

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Obama on the Brink: War or Peace?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama has an unprecedented opportunity to be a real peacemaker in Iraq. The wisest course of action is a diplomatic solution that embraces the entire region.

Healing Iraq, Healing the World

Stephan Said | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Stephan Said

If today's uprising is suppressed without addressing its grievances, and without building a government that represents all of the people equally, it will ensure the death of countless innocent people, destabilizing not only Iraq, but the entire world.

The Roots of the Iraq Crisis: Political Failure, Military Collapse

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Iraq once again illustrates the harsh reality that there are limits to what U.S. military force can accomplish despite the best intentions of its elected leaders, soldiers, and citizens.

Why the Current Incarnation of ISIS Is No Joke

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Allowing Iraq's vast oil reserves to fall into the hands of the most extreme Muslim terror group in the world is just not good for world stability. Allowing a Killing Fields type of ethnic cleansing of Iraq is not good on pure humanitarian grounds.

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.

Iraqistan

Francis Levy | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.

UN Investigators Warn Of Wider Sectarian War Across Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents want...

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...

Why American Muslim Unity is So Important to World Peace

Lorna Byrne | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

While American Sunni and Shia Muslims may not be in conflict with each other openly, they are not truly united either. If they became more unified they could do much more to bring peace to troubled parts of the world.

Bahrain's Soldier Sailor Sunni Shia Struggle

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

While the protests were not and are not primarily sectarian, with Sunnis and Shias both demonstrating for democracy and human rights, Sunni control of the government and disproportionate representation in the security forces gives the tension a sectarian edge.

The U.S. Role in Iraq's Upsurge of Violence

Stephen Zunes | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

The tendency in the United States to blame "sectarian conflict" and "long-simmering hatreds" for the violence in Iraq is effectively blaming the victims and avoids acknowledging the U.S. role in the ongoing tragedy.

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...

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.

14 Men Abducted, Killed By Gunmen Wearing Military Uniforms In Iraq

The Associated Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq handed out pamphlets in Fallujah on Thursday, urging people to take up arms and back them in the...