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The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
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.
The August 2003 UN truck bomb in Baghdad was one of the worst attacks in the organisations history. How do you react when you find out your father is one of the wounded, and the only survivor from the most devastated part of the building? Suddenly politics becomes personal. How do you even begin to rebuild your life after such an event? You make the acclaimed documentary film Pulled from the Rubble telling your familys story. Margaret Loescher talks to Maryam Maruf about the decisions of a filmmaker, the failure of American foreign policy, barbeques, and her dad, Gil.
There are echoes of Colombia in Afghanistans booming drug economy. Did the United States defeat the Taliban only to lose to a poppy?
The Club de Madrids international summit has united pro-democracy and anti-terrorism agendas. The Community of Democracies meeting in Chile must sustain the momentum, says George Soros.
Five fearless, grieving sisters may break the back of Europes most successful terrorist movement, writes Robin Wilson in Northern Ireland
The journey from New York via Belfast to the Madrid summit on terrorism and democracy teaches Fred Halliday, in Spain's capital, a lesson about progressive politics.
Irans leadership feels that events in Iraq and the region are going their way, finds our global security correspondent on a visit to Tehran.
Lebanons recovery of national independence requires a full accounting of Syrias role in its destruction, says Roger Scruton.