Category: Iraq

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Vijay Prashad: For clarity in Syria’s muddy politics

The integrity of the idea of humanitarian intervention by the West is threadbare.

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William Blum: The Islamist State

You cannot destroy modern, relatively developed and educated societies, ripping apart the social, political, economic and legal fabric, torturing thousands, killing millions, and expect civilization and human decency to survive

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Noam Chomsky: Dark Clouds Loom

Interview on the threat of nuclear war, the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, and the growth of ISIS in Iraq

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Ramzy Baroud: The Missing Context: ‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

While the US-led coalition can indeed inflect much damage on IS and eventually claim some sort of victory, they will ultimately exasperate the sectarian tension that will spill over to other Middle Eastern nations

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Peter Van Buren: Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State

Worst-case scenario: America’s pan-Middle Eastern war marches into its third decade with no end in sight

Preeti Kaur: Fighting and Hoping for Freedom: Kobani and beyond

It is important not to forget the Kurdish women and men that have been tortured, imprisoned, subject to extra-judicial executions, and those political prisoners that remain in prison charged or convicted of dubious offenses

Iskender Doğu: ISIS fighter in Kobanê: “Erdoğan has helped us a lot”

ISIS defiant as Syria’s civil war threatens to spill over into Turkey: “Erdoğan has helped us a lot, but we don’t need him anymore. Turkey is next.”

William Astore: Investing in Junk Armies

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail

Gharib Hassou: Kurdish leader: ‘We are the only humanist shield against barbarity’

Interview of the representative in Iraqi Kurdistan of the Syria-based Democratic Union Party

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Patrick Cockburn: War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on

America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani

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