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The Fissures in Modern Iraq

by Deborah Horan | Jul 1, 2012 | Foreign Policy, Politics

Suicide bombings have dominated recent news reports from Iraq, but reporters have paid less attention to explosive political and sectarian forces that threaten to tear the country apart. Since the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in December, rival members of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s governing coalition have been maneuvering to replace him. Removing a […]

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The Center Cannot Hold

by WS Editors | Jul 1, 2012 | Foreign Policy

Former diplomat Peter Galbraith might have compromised his integrity by investing in oil ventures in Kurdistan and writing about Iraq without revealing that he was advising the Kurds at the same time. He was prescient, however, in The New York Review of Books in 2004. He wrote: In my view, Iraq is not salvageable as […]

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Romney’s Anti-Muslim Arab

by WS Editors | Jul 1, 2012 | Foreign Policy, Politics

Walid Phares is an odd member of Romney’s foreign policy team. The Lebanese-born Christian teaches at the National Defense University. During the 1970s and ’80s, Phares was the leader of a Christian militia in Lebanon. He founded a small Christian political party (according to the Institute for Policy Studies’ Right Web blog) and subsequently threw […]

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SAIC Scandals

by WS Editors | Jun 15, 2012 | Foreign Policy, National Security

Thomas Drake’s revelations about National Security Agency’s contracts with SAIC — the (mostly) defense contractor Science Applications International Corporation — read like a how-to on purging the public purse. But there is more in SAIC’s four-decade history. This past March, New York City fined SAIC half a billion dollars for what a prosecutor described as […]

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The Narcissism of Small Differences

by Chase Madar | May 15, 2012 | Books, Foreign Policy

First, the fuss: Beinart, who attends an Orthodox synagogue and is at pains to stress he believes 100 percent in the Zionist project, would like to save Israel from itself. The ongoing colonization of Palestinian land seized in the 1967 war is killing any chance of a two-state solution, while Israel’s treatment of its non-Jewish […]

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