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Iraq:   Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point?

Iraq: Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point?

By Juan Cole The Iraqi military is maintaining that it has successfully relieved the town of Amerli (pop. 15,000) in northern Iraq from a siege by ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of…

ISIS:  How to Defeat a Phony “Caliphate”

ISIS: How to Defeat a Phony “Caliphate”

By John Esposito via Huffington Post Containing and ultimately defeating ISIS will require both short and long-term response. ISIS expansion has been made possible by political conditions in Syria and Iraq, ethnic-religious/sectarian…

Can you Pass the Hamas Quiz?

Can you Pass the Hamas Quiz?

By Jeffrey Rudolph (updated) The degree of mainstream media distortion concerning Hamas is endemic in the US and Canada. In my local newspaper, the Montreal Gazette, one searches in vain for meaningful…

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…