Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on "terrorism" charges.
Maliki, a Shia, leveled the charges against the highest ranking Sunni in the government - a move that threatens to drag the country.. More
While it's known that the US has used indefinite detention of suspects in its "war on terror", the House and Senate are just a vote away from making the same treatment legal for US citizens apprehended within the US.
The Senate already passed one version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA) on December 1, with 93 votes.. More
For four decades, the Assad family has ruled Syria, and while the popularity of the family among some sections in the country is undeniable, its run in power has not been without turmoil.
Hafez al-Assad, a military man, rose through the ranks and became Syria's president in 1971 after a bloodless coup which saw a military takeover of the dominant Baath.. More
This weekend, Pakistan ordered the closure of the US drone base after a US attack killed 26 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border. This news will be welcomed by the people of Waziristan, where communities have borne the brunt of the "collateral damage" of the US covert drone war. But for many, this decision comes too little too late. For.. More
Seven years after the U.S. invasion of Fallujah, there are reports of an alarming rise in the rates of birth defects and cancer. But the crisis, and its possible connection to weapons deployed by the United States during the war, remains woefully under-examined.
On November 8, 2004, U.S. military forces launched Operation Phantom Fury 50 miles west.. More
Modern medical technology - specifically ultrasounds for determining the baby's sex - coupled with Indian ancient social values which give preference to boys, mean that hundreds of thousands of girls are never being born.
There were only 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six in India, according to the 2011 census, compared with 927 for.. More
One thousand and twenty-seven Palestinians for one Israeli - this is the deal made between Hamas and Israel last week.
The agreement has been dubbed "the Shalit swap deal" - named after Gilad Shalit, the 25-year-old Israeli soldier who has been held in the Gaza Strip for more than five years - and will see Palestinian prisoners released in.. More
Leon Trotsky, the most prominent figure of the Russian Revolution of 1917 after Lenin, was sent to cover the Balkan War as a war correspondent by the Russian newspaper Kievskaya Misl. In the Fall of 1912, Trotsky entered the areas populated by Muslims after the retreat of the Ottoman armies and was shocked by the massacres:
"[T]he komitadjis (Bulgarian/.. More
Two weeks ago, an announcement appeared on a French website, calling for "militants with military experience" to participate in a solidarity trip to Israel between September 19 and 25. "The aim of this expedition is to lend a hand to our brothers facing aggression from the Palestinian occupiers, and to enhance the security of Jewish towns.. More
Anwar Haraga was 26 when men from Libya's Internal Security agency came to his door in Tripoli one night.
It was 1989. Haraga was newly married and had just returned from five years of study in England. He was heading toward a promising career in computer engineering.
But Haraga had a problem. He wore a beard and traditional Arab Islamic clothes,.. More
In the wake of the atrocities in Norway perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik, it is still unclear whether he was part of a wider conspiracy, but alarm bells are now ringing across Europe about the threat from far-right extremist groups. With no end in sight to the economic crisis afflicting many nations, the growing fear is that voters are increasingly.. More
Since the partition of India and Pakistan, Kashmir's voice has been largely ignored.
It's a question as old as you want it to be, but one that it is alive today, six decades after the decolonization of the Indian subcontinent left Kashmir divided between India and Pakistan, clearly suggesting that Kashmiris themselves have not even been asked. Or been.. More
In a Washington Post op-ed last week, Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti Defamation League, likened the hateful ideology that inspired Anders Behring Breivik to massacre 77 innocent people in Norway to the "deadly" anti-Semitism that infected Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.
This is a parallel that I, and many others.. More
With at least 92 people dead and several injured, the brutality of Friday's attacks in Norway left the country reeling.
But who to blame for the bomb blast that tore through Oslo's government district and the shooting spree that left scores of teenagers dead at a youth summer camp in nearby Utoya?
Moments after the explosion that, as of Saturday night,.. More
The head of the United Nations refugee agency has described the situation in drought-hit Somalia as the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world, after meeting with those affected at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
The camp, located in the northeast and the world's largest in the world, is overflowing with tens of thousands of refugees.. More