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Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

By Juan Cole In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, US jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning. Turkey’s…

Is this Iranian the most powerful man in Iraq?

Is this Iranian the most powerful man in Iraq?

BBC “Gabriel Gatehouse reports for BBC Newsnight on the secretive Iranian General described as the most powerful man in Iraq.” BBC Newsnight: “Is this Iranian the most powerful man in Iraq? –…

The World Asks:  Is Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza?

The World Asks: Is Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza?

By Luisa Gandolfo via The Conversation When the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused Hamas of using “telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause”, he overlooked an element of the conflict that could…

Religion and the Fight over Public Space in Egypt

Religion and the Fight over Public Space in Egypt

By Marwa Fikry Abdel Samei | Cairo (Special to Informed Comment) “Have you pronounced blessings on the Prophet today?” These words alarmed the Egyptian regime and impelled it to announce a war…