Tag: Iraq

Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities (targeting Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Turkmen, Shabaks)

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014 |

by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JULY 19, 2014:  (Duhok) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) is killing, kidnapping, and threatening religious and ethnic minorities in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Since capturing Mosul on June 10, 2014, the armed Sunni extremist group has seized at least 200 Turkmen, Shabaks, […]

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Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

by THOMAS HEGGHAMMER for LAWFARE BLOG on JULY 6, 2014:  Lawfare Blog Editor’s Note: The conquest of Mosul and other cities in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has alarmed the United States and its allies and electrified the Sunni jihadist community. On Monday, ISIS went one step further, changing its […]

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James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER (blog) on JUNE 24, 2014:  It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political utility with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s militant and conservative policies he hopes to reverse. Like Mr. Ahmadinejad, Mr Rouhani, a […]

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Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 18, 2014:  The two great branches of Islam coexist in Iraq across linguistic and ethnic groups. There are Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, Sunni Kurds and (a tiny minority of) Shiite Kurds. Arabs are a linguistic group, speaking a Semitic language. Kurds speak and Indo-European language related […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 18, 2014: During World War I the British representative to the Middle East Sir Mark Sykes and his French counterpart François Georges-Picot held negotiations (between Nov. 1915-March 1916) to carve up the Middle East into British and French colonial zones of influence. Their secret agreement pushed heterogeneous tribal and feudal […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

  by LUCAS VAN ROMPAY for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 20, 2014 *updated May 28: In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. […]

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China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE:  Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern […]

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Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for THE CAIRO REVIEW OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS on MAY 14, 2014:  In 2011, the Arab world was in the early months of popular revolutions, uprisings, and various kinds of enhanced citizen activism that had clearly ushered in a historic era of national transformation across the region. There were no obvious indications then […]

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