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Azeem Ibrahim


Where is the religious justification for killing Shias coming from?

Azeem Ibrahim | September 14, 2014 | World
According to the latest news the jihad against Shia Muslims in Pakistan continues with 23 Shia pilgrims killed and a number injured in a gun and bomb attack in south-western Pakistan. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed they weren't responsible but their linked organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), has been perpetrating one Shia...
Sara Akrami


Iran's State-Sponsored Oppression of Kurdistan

Sara Akrami | September 14, 2014 | Canada Politics
Although the Iranian government officials claim that terrorism is strange to them, an immense weight of example shows that orchestrated terrorism inside and outside Iran has been a major factor in practice of the regime.
David Harris


If Not Us, Who?

David Harris | September 14, 2014 | World
I was one of the six Americans selected to live and work in the Soviet Union in the fall of 1974. I was 25 years old. And I went with a sense of youthful idealism, believing that such person-to-person contact could help ease tensions between nations.
James Dorsey


Palestinians Pressure UEFA Not to Award the Tournament to Israel

James Dorsey | September 14, 2014 | World
Palestinian soccer clubs and non-governmental organizations have called on European soccer governor UEFA to this week shy away from awarding Israel the right to host the 2020 UEFA European Championship.
John M. Eger


Can Art Bring Israel and Palestine Closer Together?

John M. Eger | September 14, 2014 | World
The Creative Community for Peace was born officially yesterday with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.
Majid Rafizadeh


Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Majid Rafizadeh | September 13, 2014 | Politics
The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.
Tara Kangarlou


ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | September 13, 2014 | Politics
The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.
James Zogby


Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

James Zogby | September 13, 2014 | Politics
It is generally known that Ted Cruz can be a demagogue, a quality that makes him immensely disliked by his colleagues. He is also considered to be quite bright and calculating. And so as I have attempted to understand why he did what he did, two distinct scenarios come to mind.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Obama's Quandary

Nathan Gardels | September 12, 2014 | World
Obama's quandary in his war on the Islamic State group is that he is fighting the effects of decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East. As Rami Khouri writes in The WorldPost this week from Beirut, allying with the very autocratic Arabs whose oppressive regimes gave rise to both the Arab Spring and the explosion of jihadism across the region is a recipe for a war without end. Shashank Joshi notes the bewildering challenge of joining rival Sunnis and Shiite against ISIS. Akbar Ganji warns that Obama's strategy is at odds with the interests of his allies in the Middle East. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports on the growing appeal of ISIS from the Turkish-Syrian border, where a 22-year-old pro-revolution Syrian schoolteacher, frustrated with a seemingly futile Assad resistance movement, switched his allegiance to the extremist Sunni Muslim group. She also reports on a group of cash-strapped Syrian rebels who say they blame the U.S. for not doing enough to fight ISIS. Kathleen Miles breaks down the steps the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is taking to combat the Islamic State and other terrorist threats in America. (continued)
Ben Barber


African Lead Mine Poisons Children

Ben Barber | September 12, 2014 | Impact
From the screaming children being tested for lead in this African city, to the clouds of toxic dust blown across soccer fields, streets and courtyards, this is one of the world's worst lead poisoning epidemics.
Howard Steven Friedman


China's Dependency-Ratio Turning Point

Howard Steven Friedman | September 12, 2014 | Politics
Around this year, China will reach or have reached an important turning point in their demographics. The total dependency ratio will begin increasing after 50 years of decreasing. China's dependency ratio is projected to increase for decades and to surpass that of the US.
Lawrence Korb


Cheney's Iraq Facts Are Still All Wrong

Lawrence Korb | September 12, 2014 | Politics
Cheney's factual errors, misleading statements and hypocrisy are a continuation of his eight years as vice president. Blaming Obama for everything that is not right in the world does not help this country deal with the challenges it faces in the Middle East.
Genevieve Bailey

Why I Made a Documentary About What It Means to Be 11

Genevieve Bailey | September 12, 2014 | Parents
As I filmed kids all over the world, I realized that 11 is a unique age in ways we don't always appreciate. I discovered that 11-year-olds really are standing at a cusp, a year of transition when they no longer see themselves as little kids anymore (even though some adults still do).
Akbar Ganji

Obama Strategy Stumbles Over Conflicting Interests of Allies

Akbar Ganji | September 12, 2014 | World
President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.
Steve H. Hanke


Argentina: Down the Tubes, Again

Steve H. Hanke | September 12, 2014 | World
Property's worst enemy is theft: theft makes property insecure. And unless property is secure, it can't be accumulated and it is wasted. The increasing incidence of heists on grain, Argentina's most valuable export, indicates that property rights are becoming more insecure and that the economy only has one way to go: down the tubes.
Elizabeth Connolly

An Ethnicity Conversation Your Adoptive Child Wants You to Have

Elizabeth Connolly | September 12, 2014 | Politics
My experience with being a transnational, transracial adoptee, for example, is not uncommon, especially among Asian American adoptees from China and Korea. For several summers during my childhood I attended Culture Camp (also Heritage Camp) for Asian adoptees.
Richard W. Kropf


Thirteen Years Later -- Here We Go Again!

Richard W. Kropf | September 12, 2014 | Politics
One can only wonder when we'll ever learn. Wars fought in vengeance can only lead to more war. The impulse to strike back without any comprehension of why we were struck only leads to more strikes.
Joseph A. Palermo


The Real Winners (and Losers) in America's New War Against ISIL

Joseph A. Palermo | September 12, 2014 | Politics
How sweet it must be for the war profiteers to see the U.S. treasury tapped yet again so they can profit from blowing up weapons and Humvees that ISIL now controls that they already profited from when they were first sold off and given to the Iraqi military.
Donatella Rovera

Revenge Attacks and Killings Sprees in Samarra, Iraq

Donatella Rovera | September 12, 2014 | World
As well as the Shi'a militas, residents are right to be worried about the threat posed by IS fighters. As I left Samarra news came through that the group is threatening to behead an Iraqi journalist they had abducted in the area last week.
Stephen Miles


What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

Stephen Miles | September 12, 2014 | Politics
Instead of going back to war in the Middle East, President Obama should announce alternative, and more effective ways to degrade ISIS. Here are a few suggestions.
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