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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…

Can the Kabbalah teach us to Repair Climate Change?

Can the Kabbalah teach us to Repair Climate Change?

By Alexandra Piacenza How can Kabbalah, the system of mystical interpretation of Jewish scripture with roots in the 13th century, have a bearing on modern-day environmentalism? In the Kabbalistic view, God’s very…

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…

Egypt’s Cover-Up: Rabia Massacre One Year Later

Egypt’s Cover-Up: Rabia Massacre One Year Later

By Sarah Leah Whitson Published in: Open Democracy “Forget about Morsy, forget about Rab`a,” my Egyptian neighbourhood grocer told me the other day, expressing the loyalty to the president, Abel Fattah al-Sisi,…

Sexual violence as a war strategy in Iraq

Sexual violence as a war strategy in Iraq

By Nazand Begikhani via Your Middle East “These are strategic theories of rape in wartime which have been deliberately practiced by IS jihadists in Syria and now in Iraq,” writes Dr Nazand…

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.…

Nightmare in Iraq

Nightmare in Iraq

Joe Stork via Human Rights Watch Fearing for their lives, more than 150,000 Yezidis fled Sinjar and surrounding villages to mountains north of the city on August 3, 2014 when the Islamic…

Israel can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me

Israel can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me

by DAVID H. SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary David Schanzer Writing in the New York Times . . . , columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern…