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5 Ironies of US Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

5 Ironies of US Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies: 1. According to…

Obama’s budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

Obama’s budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

By Juan Cole Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christoher Meyer is advocating that the US and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator…

Can al-Abadi win over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Can al-Abadi win over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

By Juan Cole Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and Western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had…

The Long Knives Come out in Baghdad

The Long Knives Come out in Baghdad

By Juan Cole The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad on late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.…

Iraq:  Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman on Sunday night. He went on television…