Archive for the 'Politics' Category

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

by Matthew Barber   The plight of thousands of Yazidi women, kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) during its August 3 attack on Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in the following weeks, has received some media attention, but most people are unaware of just how far-reaching this disastrous phenomenon is. Boko Haram kidnapped girls in the […]

“ISIS Is Weaker Than It Looks,” By Balint Szlanko

ISIS Is Weaker Than It Looks By Balint Szlanko – @balintszlanko For Syria Comment, Sept 13, 2014 ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan—The extremist group known variously as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or simply Islamic State, has maneuvered itself into a difficult situation over the last couple of months. Fanatical groups like this are prone […]

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning   by Matthew Barber The calm is slowly unraveling in Kurdistan, and a growing, pervasive anxiety is beginning to afflict us all. We know that the fighting between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Islamic State jihadis continues to develop and move from place to place, but we’re never exactly […]

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns   Parts 2 & 3 Forthcoming   by Matthew Barber The release of two nuns and three orphans who were kidnapped and held without explanation by ISIS/IS for 17 days in Mosul has been briefly mentioned in a few news outlets. However, […]

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen – @matthias1981 July 22, 2014 Islamic state: a lion and a fox? The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result of […]