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Photo: A memorial at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was reportedly show down while flying over Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

MH17: Still Waiting for Evidence

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison When flight MH17 was hit with a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, US officials immediately blamed pro-Russian separatists for bringing the plane down. Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence ... Read More



Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Wrong Wars

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by James Russell

by James A. Russell The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley adds a particularly gruesome and tragic twist to the sports event-like reporting of our attempts to thwart the advances of the Islamic State in ... Read More



Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Guest

by Robert Bensh Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based ... Read More



Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy — even from his former secretary of state — President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq ... Read More



Maliki is Gone: Now What?

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter Nouri al-Maliki is no longer Iraq’s prime minister, but his departure does not mean that Iraq’s problems will be resolved easily or soon. A basic change must first occur in Iraq’s domestic politics, the power ... Read More



Egypt’s Gaza Truce Proposal: What Does it Mean?

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick According to reports, Egypt has given both Israel and Hamas a take-it-or-leave-it plan for ending the current round of violence. It bears examination, not only for its intrinsic worth, but also for the ... Read More



The Ayes [Don’t] Have It

Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Two significant anniversaries this month: the 1914 beginning of fighting in World War I in Europe and the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam. The outbreak of conflict 100 years ago followed ... Read More



To Fix Iraq, Don’t Lose Sight of Syria

Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Guest

by Julien Barnes-Dacey The designation of Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister of Iraq is a significant step toward opposing the Islamic State if his premiership can be secured and fulfils the potential to create an ... Read More

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