Middle East


On Tuesday, September 16, the Center for International Policy (CIP) and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) held a briefing titled “U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.” The panel included Adam Isaacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy at the Washington Continue →


Amnesia: Iraq on the horizon of civilian protection issues

by Bridget Conley on September 18, 2014


For more detailed explanation of this data and graphic see Iraq Body Count.

If it weren’t for the cruel stakes of the violence, U.S. policy in Iraq would form the perfect parody of the idea that militarized response to threats against civilians is a viable policy, let alone that Continue →


Sealed separatism

by sarahbenton on September 18, 2014

Bedouin residents of Ramya protest in Carmiel at the persistent attempts to evict them from their homes. Photo by Gil Eliyahu Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes ‘apartheid’ communities

The Israeli Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed various petitions against the Admissions Committees Law, which allows admissions committees in hundreds of communities Continue →


Extended web-exclusive interview with Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Watch Part 1 & Part 2 of our extended interview with Naomi Klein.


POMED Notes: “Iran and Its Neighbors”

by Mahpari on September 18, 2014


On Wednesday, September 17 2014, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement” to launch the Center’s eponymous report. The speakers included Ambassador Thomas H. Pickering, Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former National Intelligence Continue →


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Libya parliamentary spokesperson Faraj Hashi announced that the new cabinet list, presented by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Wednesday was rejected by the elected parliament. Lawmakers demanded that Thinni resubmit a cabinet list but with no more than 10 ministers.

The list presented by Thinni contained 16 names, including Human Rights activist Farida Allaghi as Foreign Continue →


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Iraq’s parliament rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi‘s nominations for interior and defense minister on Tuesday. al-Abadi is under internal and external pressure to fill these important posts both quickly and inclusively. The United States wants an inclusive Iraqi government to be formed as quickly as possible to confront Continue →


Israel kept out of coalition against IS

by sarahbenton on September 18, 2014

Article from Al Monitor followed by one from Foreign Policy.

Some of the Iraqi security forces who helped free the town of Amerli at the end of August with help from U.S. air strikes. Photo by Reuters

Is Israel most important strategic US ally in the region?

US President Barack Obama might follow Continue →


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Democracy Now! 2014-09-18 Thursday

by Amy Goodman on September 18, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-09-18 Thursday["Headlines for September 18, 2014", "Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis", "Naomi Klein on the People's Climate March & the Global Grassroots Movement Fighting Fossil Fuels"]

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Mountains of rubble block rebuilding

by sarahbenton on September 18, 2014

1, estimate amoung ot rubble; 2, UN role; 3) destiny of rubble. Shejaiyah, Gaza City. On all the heaps of rubble, small children hunt for anything that is worth saving.

Four million tons of rubble in Gaza as a result of the Israeli aggression

By Palestinian Information Centre September 15, 2014

GAZA– The Environmental Education Continue →

U.S. motives for Iraq were so hidden that we no longer trust our leaders to wage a just war. (Photo: PEO Soldier / Flickr)

U.S. motives for Iraq were so hidden that we no longer trust our leaders to wage a just war. (Photo: PEO Soldier / Flickr)

A sports or entertainment columnist that we read on a regular basis often becomes a trusted voice to us. When he or she turns to different Continue →