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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.…

Gaza and Soweto

Gaza and Soweto

By Juan Cole On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Here is a summary of the June 18…

Gaza:  Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

By Juan Cole When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. In World War II, the US wanted to defeat Germany militarily, but then to help it return to democracy and…