January 4, 2014

The Iraq You Don't Read About

David DeVoss, The Weekly Standard

The Associated Press

Two years after the self-immolation of a street vendor protesting police corruption in Tunisia, the promise of the Arab Spring remains unrealized. Instead of ushering in an era of stable self-determination, much of the Middle East remains in disarray. Syria is in flames, Egypt almost ungovernable. Libyan terrorists responsible for the Benghazi massacre are still at large, and Tunisia soon could have its second government in as many years.

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January 2, 2014
Kurds Learn from Decades of Mideast Failure
Alan Philps, National
The end of 2013 brought a grim harvest of bad news from the Arab countries: a car bomb in the centre of Beirut which killed the former finance minister, Mohammad Chatah; unbearable tales of suffering among the refugees from the... more ››
January 3, 2014
Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities
Ghazi & Arango, NYT
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The Tragedy of Maliki's Iraq
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Bush's Mideast 'Crusade' Bad for Christians
Michael McGough, LAT
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December 27, 2013
Can Muslim Lands Learn to Tolerate Christianity?
Michael Gerson, WaPo
In some parts of the world, Herod's massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. On Christmas Day in Iraq, 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian districts of Baghdad. Radical Islamists mark -- and stain -- the... more ››