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Jeremy Brunger takes us to a Middle Eastern market and beyond in this lush poem of male desire.

How Will the Syrian War be resolved?

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The Syrian crisis calls for broad multilateral negotiations involving the entire Middle East and not just focussed on one troubled country.

US Must Not Miss Another Chance to Mend Fences With Iran

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Washington and Tehran’s interests have overlapped ever since 9/11. Why are they still struggling to patch things up?

Why ‘Fools Rush In’ is Obama’s Watchword in Iraq and Syria

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Barack Obama is reluctant to jump in with both feet with a major military intervention in Iraq and Syria. — By Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham US president Barack Obama has yet to work out exactly what America’s strategy is in confronting Islamic State (IS), and has been foolish enough to say so in public. […]

Is Engaging Iraq a Humanitarian Imperative or Military Folly?

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World involvement in Iraq is critical to saving lives and preventing a destabilized region from erupting into full chaos with disastrous worldwide implications

Peace Monger

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This Tree Hugging Hippie Pacifist Needs To Go Heart To Heart With Those Who Glorify War

The Final Captured American Soldier Has Been Released

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier, has been released (after five years in captivity) in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees.

Writing in the First World

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In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

War. What Is It Good For? Still Absolutely Nothing.

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Marines who fought at the battle for Fallujah are now wondering if they fought in vain. Which prompts Michael Kasdan to seek an answer to the question of what war is really good for.

What the Veterans of the Iraq War Deserve

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Today is Veterans Day, on this day let us not forget the Iraq War.

A Presidential Address, a Father’s Prayer

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Kyle Wiley hopes for one thing for his family: Freedom from fear.

US Reopening Most Diplomatic Posts

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The State Department will reopen 19 of the US embassies and consulates that have been closed since last Sunday.

BREAKING: US State Department Issues Global Travel Alert Over Al-Qaida Threat

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The US will be closing its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday for an unspecified period of time.

The Tyranny of Globalism Over Localism

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If you love humanity in general, be careful not to neglect it in the particular.

Hear What Every Neighborhood Was Like 20 Years Ago from Any Payphone in Manhattan (Video)

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Find out what was happening on any block in 1993.

Syrian Activist Released From Prison

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Anderson Cooper says, “Imagine, a grown adult hearing his voice for the very first time.”