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In Iraq, an Opening for the Saudis

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

Thomas W. Lippman The appointment of Haidar al-Abadi as prime minister of Iraq gives Saudi Arabia an opportunity to end its futile and counterproductive ostracism of its northern neighbor, and the Saudis appear prepared to seize ... Read More



Framing the Gaza Narrative

Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick With US bombs dropping on Iraq once again and Israeli troops having moved out of Gaza, the fighting between Hamas and Israel has faded a bit from the headlines. But the battle to dominate the narrative ... Read More



Iraq: Maliki Goes Rogue

Published on August 12th, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resorted to a bare-knuckle power play on Aug. 10 in a frantic attempt to forestall his unfolding political defeat. Leaders recognizing the importance of a fresh new government ... Read More



Washington’s Sketchy Pro-Israel/Anti-Iran Camp

Published on August 12th, 2014 | by Ali Gharib

by Ali Gharib My colleague Eli Clifton has a new piece up at Salon about the pro-sanctions group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) and its somewhat murky links to a billionaire precious-metals investor named Thomas Kaplan. I ... Read More


Thomas S. Kaplan (Credit: YouTube/The Economist)

UANI, Silver Futures, and Confrontation with Iran

Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Along with AIPAC and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), one of the most active groups that have promoted a policy of confrontation with Iran has been United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), headed by a ... Read More



Islamic State in Iraq: Confronting the Threat

Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh The Islamic State’s territorial expansion and barbaric executions in Iraq and Syria are a gathering threat and must be confronted. American air bombardment, however, is the wrong course of action, and will not ... Read More



Far-Right Fighters from Europe Fight for Ukraine

Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Guest

by Fausto Biloslavo Almost 80 years ago, ideological true believers from all over the world flocked to Spain to fight in a civil war, serving in the famed International Brigades on the Republican side. These days, ... Read More

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