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Six countries. Six different paths to EU integration.
The secretive EU-US trade deal explained
The question before Masoud Barzani
is what to do in order to turn state-building rhetoric into a future Kurdish
Decisions to go
to war don’t just analyze whether we can win. That is the easy part: the
superiority of the western military machine makes this an absolute.
As all sides are
protecting their interests, who counts the lost lives alongside their own
economic and political benefits?
In Not The Chilcot Report (Head of Zeus books), Peter Oborne makes clear the erosion of trust between the British state and its public, as a result of the Iraq war.
The Chilcot report will, at long last, draw lessons
from the Iraq war of 2003 – which many experts have concluded was Britain’s
worst strategic blunder since the Suez débâcle of 1956.
Once the external anchor of Turkey’s
democracy, the EU‘s normative influence has sunk as low as its reputation
among its many erstwhile supporters, who now feel betrayed and abandoned.
False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the best use of them.
IS militants are now
resorting to social media to sell sex slaves online.
This is a revolution in consciousness, not only in politics, and it has transformed the lives of countless women and men for generations to come.
Attempting to defeat IS without beginning to address the political and structural failures that have led to these circumstances borders on the ridiculous.
Whatever borders follow the ongoing
violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’.
What happens over
the next few months will decide Iraq’s future, whether that is federalism,
confederalism or its breakup. One thing is clear – the US has a role to play.
Through banners and slogans, grassroots
groups find new, inclusive ways of being Iraqi in a country traumatised by
authoritarianism, occupation and sectarian war.
The confidence that prevailed in Kurdish
streets in the aftermath of the Kobane victory is now replaced by a growing sense
of abandonment and misery, with nationalism its natural expression.
The deal over cabinet nominations by PM
Abadi and Sadr conclude months of intensifying protest
in Baghdad’s famous Tahrir Square, demanding the reform of an ethno-sectarian political quota system.
Iraqi and Iranian Shia have been competing over Iraq's shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala since the invasion. Al Sistani's successor will have to cope with the fall-out.
The 1951 Geneva Convention on Political Asylum was a typical creation
of the Cold War: the system cannot deal with the huge population flows now permanently characteristic of our world.
After the Paris attacks, ISIS became yesterday’s
story, as if the terrorist movement had disappeared into far lands not
able to affect our lives any more.
The key to combating extremism is prevention. But what are the conditions that lead youth to become radicalised?
has little success against violent terror organizations. If nonviolent
strategies seem impractical, it is an even greater naiveté to think armed
solutions can be the answer.
Iraqi Kurdistan does much better on women’s rights issues in comparison to the rest of Iraq, yet many challenges remain.
The pattern of strikes by the disjointed US-led coalition of Operation Inherent Resolve remains the best and most reliable public indicator of intentions and future operations in the short-term.
Pervasive and diverse, instances
of violence against women can only be fully comprehended in the political
contexts that give them purpose and meaning.
Backwards looking politics is a malaise
both the west and east. It breeds violence as global elites clamber to maintain their grip on power.
Hans Blix ponders his long
career in international politics and diplomacy, the state of the Middle East, and
why he is an advocate for nuclear power. Interview.
A series of related events point to a possible endgame scenario in Syria and Iraq.
While the French president has won public approval and international backing for the fight against IS, differences persist about the necessity of coordinating with Russia.
However groundless the Sykes-Picot Agreement, is a Balkanisation of Syria and Iraq really the way forward?
The words ‘precision-guided
missiles’ are used to make us think that British warplanes can go there and
help the good guys, the so-called moderate rebels, without much, if any, collateral
The west must prioritise civilian wellbeing in any intervention. What might help?
One effective way for western
governments to keep their people safe is to press for fundamental reforms in
countries where armed extremists thrive, rather than subverting democracy at
ISIS has emerged from the
wounds of the Arab world—for which the west is to a large extent responsible—and current airstrikes are pouring salt into these
Mass murder, rape, slavery, and kidnapping; the situation for the Yazidi community is dire and the international community's reponse has been wholly inadequate.
How can the international community respond
effectively and promptly to this growing threat, not just to the Middle East
region, but to the world?
In the Fedayeen—connected to the global Islamist terrorist movement, combining elements of Ba’athism with an increasingly-stern Salafism—is a microcosm of the Saddam regime’s mutation into Islamic State (ISIS).
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