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Word of the week: Anti-Shi’ism

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014 — Anti-Shi’ism (noun) – Prejudice against or hatred of Shia Muslims. Coined by Shia Rights Watch in 2011, this term describes the wave of discrimination and violence that has crashed against Shia Muslims in recent decades. Shia Muslims comprise between 10 and 20 percent of the world’s Muslim population. They have been the target ...

NATO spots Russian incursion, Ukraine attacks, stocks down

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – According to a Reuters report, “NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday a ‘Russian incursion’ into Ukraine had occurred overnight, but stopped short of characterizing it as an invasion. Wall Street, which had started out in a positive mood Friday morning, quickly tanked—no pun intended—down roughly one percent ...

Hatred in Gaza, peace in an exploding world

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — In the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s civil war and by the Islamic State. Two thousand Palestinians have died in Gaza, and more thousands have died in Ukraine and North Africa. In an unguarded moment, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told an audience ...

Remember the “Global War on Terror”?

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2014 — For many Americans, the “war on terror” was a figment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s fevered imagination and that of his affable marionette, President George W. Bush. Lumping al Qaeda and other international Islamic extremists into one neat group, critics said, closed off a more nuanced approach to achieving U.S. ...

Iraq 2003: Right war, right time, right president

LOS ANGELES,  August 10, 2014 — Whenever Iraq is in the news, Iraq War critics feel compelled to deflect current policy failures by attacking the original mission. All the revisionist history in the world will not change the truth. After seventeen broken United Nations resolutions, President George W. Bush enforced Resolution 1441. America was now ...

Islamic State stones women, threatens US

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 — Even as America is conducting military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, reports that Islamic State jihadi fighters have stoned to death a young woman accused of adultery have been verified by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On July 18, the woman, clad head to toe in black, was ...

Can the Taliban make a comeback in Afghanistan?

KANDAHAR, August 9, 2014—Pessimism has infected Americans’ outlook on the world. Nowhere is the tendency more evident or pronounced than in Afghanistan. It is a bipartisan affair, too. Conservatives seem resigned that a Muslim country will go the way of our other two recent interventionist projects in Iraq and Libya. Liberals are convinced that military ...

Gaza and Jewish values: The thoughtful Jewish voice most Americans never hear

WASHINGTON, August 4, 2014 — The current conflict between Israel and Hamas is taking a terrible toll in  human lives, mostly Palestinian civilians, many of them women and children. In one instance, artillery shells slammed into a U.N. school, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens as they slept. The building was the sixth ...