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Miss Universe: A Political Postscript

(John Hinderaker) I previewed this year’s Miss Universe pageant here and here. In the first linked post, I noted that a controversy had broken out over a photo of Miss Iraq and Miss Israel that both contestants posted on Instagram: The...Show More Summary

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East

14 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

In 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests.

Trump’s Misuse of Intelligence on Iran

Bowing to Israeli-Saudi desires, the Trump administration is abusing the U.S. intelligence process to whip up a war fever against Iran, much like George W. Bush did on Iraq, reports ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar The…Read more ?

Iraq relieves prison overcrowding

Mick sends us a link to Fox News which reports that Iraq executed 38 convicted ISIS and al Qaeda militants by hanging them from their necks at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya; Iraq’s justice ministry said all of the executed militants were members of ISIS and their appeal options were exhausted. […]

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as ISShow More Summary

Queer Artist David Wojnarowicz Subject Of New World Of Wonder Documentary

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

"Out of Iraq" director Chris McKim profiles the late artist, who confronted the AIDS crisis with unflinching honesty.

UK Study: During Obama Presidency US Weapons Took Two Months to Go From Syrian Rebels to ISIS

Obama’s Middle East Strategy Was Clearly the Worst Foreign Policy Strategy in US History President Obama’s failed policies created a nightmare in Iraq, Syria, Libya and the entire Middle East. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the...Show More Summary

ISIS may have obtained anti-tank missiles from the CIA

A new report sheds light on the origins of the weapons ISIS militants use in Iraq and Syria. An investigation revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency may have purchased anti-tank missiles, which eventually fell into the hands of...Show More Summary

Miss Iraq’s Photo With Miss Israel Forces Family out of Iraq Due to Death Threats

Miss Iraq said she posted the photo to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries.

U.N. concerned about shelling in ethnically-mixed Iraqi town

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office is seriously concerned about the shelling of residential areas in Iraq's northern town of Tuz Khurmatu in which civilians were killed, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday.

James Leroy Hines; phony combat veteran

Our partners at Military Phonies share their work on James Hines who claims that he trained in UDT and served in combat in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Military Phonies summarizes his actual career; Active duty from OCT 23, 1968 – NOV 10, 1972 = 4 years and 18 days Reserve duty from NOV 11, 1972 […]

Top Shiite cleric opposes disbanding of Iraq's Hashed

Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Friday opposed calls to disband a controversial paramilitary force which was instrumental in defeating the Islamic State group in the country. Iraq is "always in desperate...Show More Summary

UN 'shocked and appalled' at mass-execution in Iraq

The UN on Friday harshly criticised the mass-hanging of 38 men at a prison in southern Iraq this week, urging Baghdad to immediately halt all executions. Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences at a prison in the southern city of Nasiriyah, according to provincial authorities. Show More Summary

U.N. appalled at Iraq's latest mass hanging: spokeswoman

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office is "appalled" at the hanging of 38 prisoners in Iraq, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after the executions at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya.

Subtweet Across The Bow: U.S. Flexes Muscle In The Air And Online

There was some good news in the world today. U.S.-backed forces in southern Syria killed 20 fighters from what’s left of the broken Islamic State of Iraq and Syria just outside the tiny garrison in Al Tanf that sits close to the border of Jordan, Syria, And Iraq. Show More Summary

WHY, INDEED? The momentous news of ISIS’s defeat was greeted, in large part, with silence. Why? …

WHY, INDEED? The momentous news of ISIS’s defeat was greeted, in large part, with silence. Why? “ISIS has been reduced to a shadow of its former self. The victory isn’t confined to Iraq. American-allied forces control ISIS’s former capital in Syria, and the world’s largest jihadist army is gone. Bands of insurgents still prowl the […]

Strictly Rhetorical Question: Why Does the Media Not Report That ISIS Was Defeated in Iraq and Its Capital City of Raqqa in Syria Has Been Captured by US-Allied Troops?

I would imagine for much the same reason the media is silent on the economy. Though this is consistent: after all, the media was largely silent on the economy and ISIS under Obama, too. For different reasons, of course. Trump...

Will the U.S. Go to War? Iran Says it Feels Like Iraq Right Before the Invasion

Will U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, like former Secretary of State Colin Powell, regret her presentation on the alleged threat posed by Iran?

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