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The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State

Christopher Anzalone writes in a guest editorial for Informed Comment entitled, “The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State:” On February 12,…

Empires Come and Gone in the Middle East

Empires Come and Gone in the Middle East

A propos this morning’s posting, a good visual representation of all the empires coming and going in the Mideast: [This map follows the biblical narrative, showing a united kingdom of Israel in…

Jenkins: Bible Far More Violent than Qur’an

Philip Jenkins studied violence in the Bible and in the Qur’an, and found that the Bible is ‘far more violent.’ This conclusion is obvious to anyone who seriously studies the two scriptures.…

Cole on Aljazeera English re: Iraq

Cole on Aljazeera English re: Iraq

For the seventh anniversary of the launching of the Iraq War, Jasim al-Azzawi interviews Juergen Todenhoefer and myself: End/ (Not Continued)

Jon Stewart on Weeping Beck

Jon Stewart uses satire to point to the real dangers of Glenn Beck’s demagoguery (brought to you by the world’s most evil billionaire, Rupert Murdoch) The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon…

French Television Demonstrates Cheney Effect

French Television Demonstrates Cheney Effect

AP reports on a French reality show where contestants proved willing to administer torture-level shocks to human beings, replicating the findings of the classic Milgram Study at Yale: The show repeated the…

35 Killed, 56 Wounded in Qandahar Bombings

35 Killed, 56 Wounded in Qandahar Bombings

The Old Taliban of Mullah Omar hit Qandahar late Saturday with the largest coordinated bombing campaign since 2001, killing at least 35 persons and wounding 56. A spokesman said that the movement…

Maliki ahead in Key Shiite Privinces

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] reports in Arabic that the Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq has released some information on the performance of the major political coalitions in two southern Shiite…

The Mahmoud and Robert Show comes to Afghanistan

The Mahmoud and Robert Show comes to Afghanistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates traded insults on Wednesday in Kabul. Gates accused Iran of claiming to support the Karzai government in Kabul but of playing…

Iran Briefing on the Hill Wednesday

Announcement: The National Iranian American Council is pleased to present “Iran at a Crossroads: Assessing a Changing Landscape” on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 9 AM in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room…

Bzzz. That’s just wrong, on Health Care Reform

The invented Republican/ Foxy News talking point du jour is that the Democrats intend to ‘ram health care reform down our throats’ even though ‘the American people don’t want it.’ Bzzz. That’s…