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This week's editor
The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
How does the election of Irans new president affect the likelihood of a United States or an Israeli attack?
What will Gaza become after Israeli occupation? Eóin Murray reports on embattled Jewish settlers and Palestinian fears.
Iraqs insurgents, in developing new tactics as fast as the United States can counter their old, are forcing Washington to review its Iraq strategy.
Alia Amer defends her calling as a service to the Iraqi people and asks herself every day if the sacrifices they are being asked to make are worth it.
A days walk in Serbias capital brings journalist Dusan Velickovic closer to the emotional heart of a country still struggling to face the truth of its past.
An upsurge in violence in the first post-9/11 theatre of the war on terror presents severe problems for United States military forces.
The historic rapprochement between India and Pakistan will not endure if fundamentalists on both sides have their way, argues Maruf Khwaja.
Lebanese democracy has spoken. But Syrian influence, Hizbollahs weapons, United States intransigence, sectarian divisions, personal rivalries, and regional pressures signal an unstable road ahead for the cedar revolution, reports Hazem Saghieh.
The peoples of the middle east need to create new ways of living together that recall the rich historical mixing of Muslims, Christians and Jews, says Jihad N Fakhreddine.
Alya Shakirs family has survived wars, conscription, prison, robbery and exile, but it is a 3-year-old cousin who opens her eyes to Iraqs current nightmare.
Donald Rumsfeld has broken a taboo: the United States military cannot win in Iraq.
The two main combat-zones of George W Bushs war on terror are providing an education in guerrilla warfare to a new generation of militants.
The global political economy is producing failed states, networked insurgency and extremist politics. Fighting old wars in response, as in Iraq, is a guarantee of failure, says Mary Kaldor.
For this American writer in Amman, Jordan, the nearness of her beloved Baghdad evokes an intense longing to return. But she cannot.
The gap between the United Statess words and deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan is sowing bitter seeds that George W Bushs successors will harvest.
Political party games are dominating the election campaign in Lebanon, but the issues of Hizbollah and Iran cannot be long avoided, says Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
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The domination of politics by religion is a relatively recent trend in Iraq and offers no long-term solution to Iraqs crisis, says Zaid Al-Ali.
As the Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty continues in New York, openDemocracy publishes letters from the mayor of Hiroshima. The letters, sent to world leaders each time they authorise the detonation of a nuclear weapon, are part of the citys vow to remind the world of the horrors of atomic warfare.
The threat posed by global warming is fuelling the arguments of the nuclear-power lobby, but how convincing are its claims?
A dramatic, under-reported incident over northern Israel carries a sobering message for United States strategists in Iraq.
With renewed insurgency, cowed security forces, and stuck politics, can the United States hold the line in Iraq?
Britains Association of University Teachers has voted to boycott Israel. Stephen Howe scrupulously maps the background to a bitter controversy over historical truth and academic freedom.
The current spiral of violence in Iraq is sending a long-term message to United States forces.
The bus linking Muzaffarabad and Srinagar across divided Kashmir may thaw the most bitter of all disputes between India and Pakistan, writes Muzamil Jaleel in Srinagar.
The visits to Baghdad of Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Zoellick are a sign of Washingtons profound worries over Iraqs future.
Iraq has a government at last, but can it cope with the insurgents who launched the large-scale attack on Abu Ghraib prison?
United States policy towards nuclear weapons proliferation on the eve of the Non-Proliferation Treaty five-year review sends a warning signal to the world.
Any United States effort to bring democracy and freedom to the middle east needs to respect eight principles of action, says Rami G. Khouri.
Washington doesnt yet get it, but in the Gulf region the view is crystal-clear: the geopolitics of oil is driving United States military strategy in Iraq
As politicians squabble in Baghdad, does a gathering of Iraqis in Cairo more truly represent the countrys interests?
The dead tell no stories. It is the wounded that survive and present us with our own complicity. To mark the second anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, openDemocracy presents ten portraits from Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq, the acclaimed photography collection on wounded American soldiers, by the award-winning photographer Nina Berman.
Can the war be won? Tim Garden, former assistant chief of the UK defence staff, maps a minefield.
Want to understand Iraq two years after the start of the war? Take a look at Kirkuk, says Kurdish journalist Omar A Omar.
Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest party in the victorious Shia coalition likely to dominate Iraqs new government, talks to Anwar Rizvi about uniting Iraq, defeating insurgency, and keeping faith with an Iran threatened by United States attack.