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Archives: December 2015

What It Takes To Defeat ISIL’s Ideology

By Charles Recknagel | RFE/RL Daniel Koehler is among a handful of people in the West who work with Islamist militants returning from Syria in an effort to reintegrate them into normal…

Muslims Shield Christians from al-Shabab Terror

Cenk Uygur | (The Young Turks Video Report) | - - "Al-Shabaab is a terrorist group that operates in Somalia and Kenya. Lately they have been attacking buses full of civilians, particularly…

Christmas and Christians in the Middle East

by Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - Whether Christmas is joyous sad or nervous-making for Christians in the Middle East this year depends very much on the country in which…

ISIS and the Abuse of History

By Akil N. Awan and A. Warren Dockter | ( History Today) | - - Volume 66 Issue 1, January 2016 N. B. IC house style is Daesh, but this is a…

Is its Syria Adventure destabilizing Turkey?

By Nadir Firat | (Informed Comment) | - - Riza Saka, a lawyer turned TV pundit, declared that “Turkey has nothing to fear” from the shooting down of the Russian SU-24 plane.…

Is Clinton right that Trump is Helping ISIL?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - During Saturday night's Democratic debate, Sec. Hillary Clinton at one point alleged, "And we also need to make sure that the really discriminatory…

5 Questions For Syria Hawks

David M. Faris | (Informed Comment) | - - Last month’s horrific attacks in Paris and last week’s massacre in California – which was at most loosely connected to Daesh (ISIS/ISIL)– have…

Israel’s working poor

By Jacob Wirtschafter | ( Your Middle East) | A poverty report has added fuel to long-standing debates about religion, intercommunal politics, and Israel’s national priorities. An energy boom and its high-tech…

After Daesh/ ISIL, will Iraq be any Better?

Niqash.org | (Baghdad) | - - As the Islamic State becomes weaker in Iraq, locals anticipate a post-extremist era. But even the most optimistic Iraqis know it won't be easy. Some of…

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - Wheaton College suspended a tenured professor of Political Science for quoting Pope Francis that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. So, do…

No, GOP, you can’t win by Carpet-bombing

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - At the GOP debate Tuesday night, Ted Cruz came out swinging wildly. Blitzer: Senator Cruz, you have said you would, quote, "carpet bomb…

Is Corporate Media Enabling GOP Hate Speech?

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer| (Commondreams.org) | - - Watchdogs say corporate media is stoking racist and fear-mongering rhetoric The moderators of last night's CNN presidential debate provided a two hour platform…

George W. Bush Cold Open – Saturday Night Live

Will Ferrell | (Saturday Night Live Video Spoof) | - - "President George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) announces he's entering the presidential race and assesses the current crop of GOP candidates." George…

Daesh in the Digital Realm

By Michael Degerald | (History x ISIS) | - - In popular discussion of the Islamic State, several topics have received the vast majority of the attention. The group’s executions, treatment of…

Oh, no! Not another American war against evil!

By Ira Chernus | (Informed Comment) | - - This time, it’s the Islamic State (IS). After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama, spokesman-in-chief for the United States of America, called that…

Our new Cold War is with Global Warming

By Tom Engelhardt | (Tomdispatch.com) | - - For six centuries or more, history was, above all, the story of the great game of empires. From the time the first wooden ships…

Top Seven Myths about Muslims

By Baher Kamal | (Inter Press Service) | - - MADRID, Dec 3 2015 (IPS) - Of all over-written, under-reported issues and regions, the Middle East is perhaps one of the oldest,…

Syria: Mission Impossible

By John Feffer | (Foreign Policy in Focus) | - - p>Imagine this new TV series coming to HBO in 2016. The planet faces an unprecedented peril. The international community brings together…

Beyond ISIS: Suicide by World War IV

By Andrew Bacevich | (Tomdispatch.com) |- - Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Let’s consider the two parties in Washington. I’m not referring to the Republican and Democratic ones, but our capital’s war parties…

The End of Press Freedom in Turkey?

By Joris Leverink | (Inter Press Service) | - - ANKARA, Turkey (IPS) - Days after the 1 November general elections in Turkey, Beyza Kural, a reporter with the independent press agency…