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Iraq Exit

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Iraq’s World Cup Soccer Quest

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Iraq in Last Throes as Kurdistan Seeks Independence, Syria and Iran Intervene

Former vice president and unindicted felon Richard Bruce Cheney (they always give the criminals’ names that way, in full) once said that he was sure that the Sunni Arab resistance to the U.S. in Iraq was in its last throes.

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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

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Hair of the Dog

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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

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Neo-Zangid State Erases Syria-Iraq Border, Cuts Hezbollah Off From Iran

With the alleged fall to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of Qa’im on Saturday, and of Talafar a few days ago, the border between Iraq and Syria has now been effectively erased.

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Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.

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As U.S. Pressures Maliki to Resign, Will the Iraqi Government Collapse?

A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.

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‘A Third Iraq War?’

The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” regional expert Robin Wright writes at The New Yorker. And “globally, the jihadist threat has never been greater.”

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The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a set of historical indictments.

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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban Today?

The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family and America. But what does it tell us about the Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

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Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

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Egypt: Passive Aggression and Counterrevolution: Voters, Youth Stay Home

Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt’s presidential election Tuesday, apparently because of an unexpectedly low turnout.

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Pope Francis Prays at Apartheid Wall, Calls for Palestinian State

On Sunday in Bethlehem, Pope Francis called for recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

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Pope Francis to Call for Sovereign, Independent Palestinian State

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is signaling that Pope Francis in his visit to Bethlehem on Sunday will strongly support the right of Palestinians to a sovereign state.

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Top 5 Wars on Religious Extremism in Today’s Muslim World

The Fox News commentators who say that the Muslim world is not doing enough to police its own extremist movements don’t actually seem to be reading the news.

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The Obama Effect? Are Iran and Arab Oil Monarchies No Longer on a War Footing?

There are signs of a diplomatic thaw between Iran and the Arab oil monarchies of the Gulf.

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Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Sunnis Big Losers in Iraq Elections; PM Maliki Has Largest Party

The results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections are in, and everybody lost.

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Second Libyan Upheaval, This Time Against Political Islam, Extremist Militias

In Benghazi on Monday morning, fighting resumed between the “Libyan National Army” forces of Col. Khalifa Hafter and fundamentalist extremists.

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Mass Protests, Strikes in Turkey Over Erdogan’s Neoliberal Response to Miner Deaths

Turkey’s Public Workers Union Confederation announced a one-day strike to demand better worker safety, and political protests have broken out Friday in a number of Turkish cities over deaths of nearly 300 miners.

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Israeli Squatters’ Anti-Church Terror in Jerusalem ‘Poisons’ Papal Visit

The Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, has said that Israeli squatter attacks on and desecration of Christian churches has poisoned the atmosphere in advance of Pope Francis’ planned visit to Jerusalem.

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Is Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Case Against Iran Collapsing?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has determinedly beaten the drums for war with Iran.

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Is Fall of Homs a Turning Point in Regime’s Quest to Retake Syria?

The governor of Homs Province, Talal al-Barazi, said Wednesday that 80 percent of the rebel fighters in that city have now been evacuated.

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Netanyahu’s Blood and Soil: The Racist-Nationalism of His ‘Jewish State’ Ideal

Benjamin Netanyahu is again beating the “Israel is a Jewish state” drum, and now wants to have it legislated into Israeli organic law.

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Two State Solution

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Iraq’s First Post-American Elections by the Numbers

Iraqis went to the polls Wednesday in the first national parliamentary elections since U.S. troops pulled out of the country completely (in late 2011).

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Prime Minister ‘Certain’ of Victory as Iraqis Vote Despite Attacks

Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed 14 people Wednesday and voted in the first general election since U.S. troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory.

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John Kerry Acknowledges Israeli Apartheid and 5 Ways He Is Understating It

In a closed-room meeting of the Trilateral Commission on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Israel is on the verge of becoming an apartheid state.

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A Widening War: Iraq Intervenes in Syria With Helicopter Gunships

For the first time, Iraqi helicopter gunships have crossed the border to hit a target inside Syria.

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Egyptian Youth Protest Against Anti-Protest Law a Month Before Elections

Hundreds of leftist and secular youth demonstrated Saturday against Egypt’s draconian law forbidding demonstrations, demanding the release of revolutionary activists jailed under it.

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The Human Toll in Egypt

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Is Obama Right That America’s Future Is in Asia, Not the Middle East?

Barack Obama, brought up in Hawaii and having lived as a child in Indonesia, is the first Pacific president, and his current trip to Asia, beginning in Japan, is meant to underline his policy of “rebalancing” toward Asia.

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Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Deal

Israel said Thursday that it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians after their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering U.S.-backed process approached its deadline.

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Despite Being Barred From Jerusalem During the Holiday, Palestinians See Easter as a Symbol of Hope

Palestinian Christians in the West Bank say that they have been denied permits to visit Jerusalem in record numbers this year, despite their living just over the green line not far from the holy city.

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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

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Pictures Don’t Lie: Refuting #There Was No Palestine

One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true.

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Israelis, Palestinians Meet About Peace Talks Stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held U.S.-mediated talks Thursday to try to revive their crisis-hit peace process, a Palestinian official said, as a report of a possible breakthrough was played down.

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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws U.S. Threats

Russia has rejected U.S. criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis.

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Top 10 Ways in Which It Was Actually the Israeli Government That Derailed the Peace Talks

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blamed the Palestinians for the collapse of peace negotiations that began in August under the auspices of Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Top 7 Surprising Pieces of Good News in Afghanistan Presidential Election

Afghanistan went to the polls on Saturday, despite threats by the Taliban to disrupt the elections and calls by the extremists for Afghans to boycott the vote.

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Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

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