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8 Baghdad Bombings Target Christians

8 Baghdad Bombings Target Christians

Al-Safir reports that 2 were killed and 14 wounded in a series of bombings extending over a two-hour period in Baghdad in the late afternoon on Thursday, which targeted Christians. The bloodiest…

A Little More Appeal for Support

Readers will have noted that the site is being upgraded. I have hopes to extend it as a more user-friendly repository of information about US politics, foreign policy, and the politics and…

Racist Letters Roil Israel

Racist Letters Roil Israel

CNN reports on racist letters emanating from ultra-orthodox rabbis or their wives in Israel. Thirty wives of rabbis called on Jewish-Israeli women not to marry Palestinian-Israeli men, alleging that they would universally…

Al-Maliki: US Troops Out!

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made news this week with his interview in the Wall Street Journal, in the course of which he insisted that all US troops would be out of…

Turkey, 1920

Turkey, 1920

Click image for large map. Turkey, 1920 (Shows Allied occupation of Istanbul, plans to give territory to Greece, Italy, in post-Ottoman Turkish-speaking territories plus Eastern Anatolia). From: Atlas of Reconstruction for Schools…

Palestinians Reject Piecemeal Talks offered by Israel

Palestinians Reject Piecemeal Talks offered by Israel

The Palestine Authority roundly rejected on Monday the suggestion by Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu that an ‘interim agreement’ between Israel and the PA might be achievable even though the moment was…

Map: Druze Communities

Map: Druze Communities

Distribution of the Druze communities in the Levant.. For more on the Druze religion see this link.

Top Ten Myths about Afghanistan, 2010

Top Ten Myths about Afghanistan, 2010

10. “There has been significant progress in tamping down the insurgency in Afghanistan.” Fact: A recent National Intelligence Estimate by 16 intelligence agencies found no progress. It warned that large swathes of…

Collateral Damage in Pakistan: Cloughley

Brian Cloughley writes in a guest column for Informed Comment: I started thinking about the phrase after a recent, disturbing trip to Pakistan. ‘Collateral damage’ is a seemingly bland phrase, but it…

80 Killed in Bombing, Military Strikes in Pakistan

80 Killed in Bombing, Military Strikes in Pakistan

On Saturday, a suicide bomber targeted a food aid center in Khar in Bajaur, one of Pakistan’s northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas, killing 43 and wounding 100. The development has implications for…

Santa Claus was from Turkey?

Santa Claus was from Turkey?

The modern Turkish town of Demre is on the site of Myra, the birthplace of Saint Nicholas, whom the world now calls Santa Claus. If they are smart, they’ll build a huge…

Christmas in Beirut

Christmas in Beirut

The people of Beirut, Lebanon, are dealing with their chronic political nervousness with bright lights and Christmas cheer. Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri lighted the huge Christmas tree downtown Beirut, and 120…

Hating Muslims in America

Hating Muslims in America

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the incoming chair of the House committee on Homeland Security has announced that he will hold hearings into the ‘radicalization’ of American Muslims. This, despite the fact that…

Iraq’s al-Maliki Rebuffed on Incomplete Cabinet

Al-Hayat writes in Arabic that prospective Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki faced severe opposition on Monday to his insistence on announcing the formation of a government without naming all the cabinet members. Among…

HRW on Israeli Racial Discrimination in West Bank

HRW on Israeli Racial Discrimination in West Bank

Human Rights Watch has issued a new report on racial discrimination against Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. HRW writes: ‘Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West…

Taliban Strike Qunduz, Kabul, Kill 16

Taliban Strike Qunduz, Kabul, Kill 16

Taliban or other radicals showed Sunday that they could strike far from their strongholds in the south and east of Afghanistan. They hit the capital, Kabul, as well as the northern province…

Senate Repeal of DADT in Global Context

Conservative religious fanatics lost on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and anti-gay discrimination. The scary thing is, that since it is clear that fear-mongering on gays will no longer win elections in the…

Domestic Crusaders and Islamophobia in Literature

McSweeney’s is publishing Wajahat Ali’s important Muslim-American play: ‘ The Domestic Crusaders focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene…

NIE Questions Progress in Afghanistan

Congress has been briefed on a new National Intelligence estimate on Afghanistan that is said to throw cold water on the idea that the US military has made significant progress in Afghanistan…

Karzai Wishes he had Joined Taliban

Rajiv Chandrasekaran of WaPo gets the scoop. His sources say that at a high level meeting in October, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Karl Eickenberry pressed President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to…

Fareed Zakaria Destroys Beck on Lunatic Islamophobia

On his indispensable television news magazine, GPS, Fareed Zakaria demolishes Glenn Beck’s mind-numbingly stupid assertion that ten percent of Muslims are terrorists. Zakaria’s courage in standing up to the hate-mongers should not…

Mubarak: W. Naive, controlled by Subordinates

We now have the full text of the May 19, 2009 cable giving background in preparation for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to President Obama at the White House. This is the…

Is AIPAC a Wikileaks Operation?

One of the supreme pieces of hypocrisy in Washington right now is all the politicians crying treason and death penalty on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, when many of them are up to…

Map: Modern Iran

Modern Iran Click to go to map, click again to enlarge. Informed Comment Map Page (Under Construcion)

Map Ethnic Groups in Iran and Central Asia

Ethnic Groups in Central Asia (click for stand-alone map and click again to enlarge) From the very useful Perry-Castaneda map collection at the University of Texas. IC map site under construction.

Top Ten Middle East Wikileaks Revelations so Far

1. The British government’s official inquiry into how it got involved in the Iraq War was deeply compromised by the government’s pledge to protect the Bush administration in the course of it.…