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Meteoric rise of Islamic State
By launching a war on terror after 11 September 2001, America made a tragic mistake, says George Soros. The country must now learn a different lesson: fighting terror by creating more innocent victims perpetuates the cycle of violence, creates a permanent state of war, and corrodes the open society that wages it.
The defeat of the ruling BJP by Sonia Gandhis Congress Party was followed by Sonias refusal to become prime minister. As Indians reel in amazement at their own democratic handiwork, Antara Dev Sen in Delhi makes sense of a political world turned upside down.
If you trust me, allow me to make my decision. With that Sonia Gandhi, prime minister designate of the worlds largest democracy, stepped down from the podium in the central hall of New Delhis parliament.
America gave the terrorists their victory in Iraq by invading. It must now leave, on its own terms, says the Cato Institutes Charles Peña, as he judges the occupation against one overriding concern: the security of Americans in their own homeland.
The response of neo-conservative analysts to the gruesome images of tortured Iraqis, no less than the abuse of power itself, reveals the scale of the crisis engulfing Washingtons Iraq project.
A Pakistani-American writer registers the shock of the Abu Ghraib torture photos as a wound to her identity as a United States citizen of immigrant origin.
The Iraq war is only one aspect of a greater west Asian crisis that carries the extreme danger of further, terrible violence. Fred Halliday joins knowledge, insight, empathy and anger to assess the current winners and losers and insist on the central importance of listening to the Iraqi people.
All I can do is scream through my keyboard.
Do the soldiers-torturers act with such abject cruelty out of racism? Racism is not enough to explain their behaviour, their abuse, the joy on their faces while they are attacking the prisoners in their flesh and their dignity.
Are they aware that the only justification left to their leaders was to save the poor Iraqi people from a regime that behaved incessantly like they do in the pictures that make me want to throw up? Have they studied Saddams methods of abuse and felt their efficiency, so they re-enacted them?
What is happening in Iraq? After the Fallujah siege, as insurgency continues and the June deadline for transfer of sovereignty approaches, Caspar Henderson of openDemocracy interviews the civil society researcher Yahia Said over a line between London and Baghdad.
The images of American troops degrading Iraqi prisoners are shattering for the United Statess reputation amongst Arabs. But beyond Iraq in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan the routine casualties of the war on terror tell an equally grim story.
When citizens fundamental freedoms are made a casualty of sweeping political objectives, the damage is to democracy itself. The experienced British lawyer Geoffrey Bindman draws a lesson from those imprisoned without trial in Tony Blairs backyard Belmarsh prison.
In the election after the terrorist atrocity of 11 March, Spains people rallied against government lies and bad anti-terrorist policies. An American scholar in Madrid compares the American reaction to 9/11 and asks whether his compatriots can learn from the Spanish example.
Hi-tech American weaponry is pounding Fallujah and Kufa, but the strategy behind it is tinged with desperation.
The widespread violence of the first two weeks of April in Iraq seemed for a short time to have abated. But in the past few days it has returned, with further major confrontations across the country, including in the southern city of Basra.
The Middle East peace process is now meaningless. Ariel Sharon has the only game plan in town. Time to grasp this before contemplating solutions, says Lindsay Talmud.
Can Palestinians seize a victory from their defeat? They must now be given a fair chance to make a success of governing Gaza, so that it becomes the springboard to recover their destiny, argues Israels former foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, as he seeks a way forward after the Bush-Sharon accord.
There is a real opportunity for Afghans to build a better future for themselves, says a recent visitor to the country with a UNHCR mission. But only swift, careful action by Nato can help them seize it. Can Nato deliver?
The tactics and weapons used in the siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah reveal the United Statess growing military cooperation with Israel.
Jo Wilding returns to the besieged Iraqi city with aid supplies, is kidnapped by insurgents, and lives to tell the urgent, compelling story.
Sergeant Tratner of the First Armoured Division is irritated. “Git back or you’ll git killed,” are his opening words.
Lee says we’re press and he looks with disdain at the car. “In this piece of shit?”
Makes us less of a target for kidnappers, Lee tells him. Suddenly he decides he recognises Lee from the TV. Based in Germany, he watches the BBC. He sees Lee on TV all the time. “Cool. Hey, can I have your autograph?”
The seizure of United States foreign policy by neo-conservatives made possible the Iraq war. The result has been a disaster for the international community. After the Madrid bombs, Spanish citizens sounded the alert. Will Americans follow?
Will Iraqis unite in revolt against US forces? Beneath the boiling surface of Iraqi anger lies a more complex and fractious reality which points to a different outcome.
An Iraqi Kurd who welcomed the US war in his country sees arrogance and force crushing chances for freedom. His view: American occupation policy is dangerously misjudged.
As civilian and military casualties mount, US strategy in Iraq and south-west Asia as a whole has entered a critical period, with potentially dire consequences. But there are no signs of rethinking emerging in Washington.
A distinguished Arab commentator says US strategy in Iraq is unravelling. It is time to put aside simplistic caricatures, and think harder about the future of the Iraqi people.
An American life is worth a thousand Iraqi lives. Iraqi satirist and author Khalid Kishtainy does the accounts for the recent fighting in Fallujah.
A brave and harrowing report from inside the besieged city of Fallujah where ordinary people are trapped in the cross-fire.
11 April, Fallujah
Sari Nusseibeh is a Palestinian scholar and activist of independent mind who is committed to non-violence in both the methods and goals of struggle. He talks to Linda Benedikt about his Peoples Voice civic initiative with Ami Ayalon, and the prospects for a long-term settlement between Israel and Palestine.
United States force levels have declined and their active commitments increased since the cold war era. As the Pentagon redeploys troops around the world, the strains are beginning to show.
What lies behind the revolt of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Shia followers? Does it signal the end of American rule in Iraq? Laura Sandys sees parallels and portents in an earlier period of colonial rule.
In April 2003, the moderate Shia cleric Sayyid Abdul Majid Khoei returned to his Iraqi homeland after more than a decade in exile in Britain, and was murdered in the holy city of Najaf. Had he lived, Khoei might have played an important role in political developments in Iraq. Caspar Henderson attended a 2 April event commemorating his life, work and legacy.
Could the insurgency of the radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fuse with the Sunni rebellion to ignite Iraqi nationalism against the occupiers?
The end of Zionism and its denial of the humanity of Palestinians will open the way to a single state that makes Israelis and Palestinians both moral and political equals, says the Palestinian writer Omar Barghouti.
A fury of violence in Iraq is targeting foreign civilian workers and Iraqi officials as well as United States forces. But incidents from Uzbekistan to Thailand reveal a spreading arc of dangerous conflict that suggests even worse to come.
What are the prospects for the Palestinian national community in the wake of Israels killing of the Hamas leader, Sheikh Yassin, and Ariel Sharons declared plan to withdraw Israeli forces from Gaza? Linda Benedikt, for openDemocracy, talks to Sari Nusseibeh, president of Jerusalem al-Quds University and co-founder of the joint Palestinian-Israeli Peoples Voice movement.
The shared horror and sympathy following the Madrid terrorist bombings reveal a transatlantic relationship alive but in need of unity against a common enemy, says John C. Hulsman of the Heritage Foundation.
The assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin has caused convulsive outrage among Gazas Palestinian people. From its epicentre, a young Irish human rights activist balances vivid reportage and cool reflection.
The terrorist atrocities in Madrid on 11 March, and the national election three days later, raise hard questions for Spaniards and Europeans, for Muslims and world citizens. What should they we do? openDemocracy invited 100 people from twelve countries to discuss the meaning and implications of these events. Caspar Henderson summarises a quietly passionate discussion.