Results for Tag: Iraq

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Perception of US policy in the Middle East

The Obama administration’s effort to encourage its Arab allies to carry a bigger burden in promoting peace in the Middle East has not revitalized its alliances with a new sense of common purpose and cooperation. Rather, it has left traditional partners feeling abandoned.

Sources of Financing the Islamic State

The Islamic State sustains itself by using diverse and sophisticated financing strategies. IS was able to develop a qualitative economic system that relies on diverse sources of income and significantly minimize its reliance on foreign donations that even the mother organization of Al-Qa’ida used to rely on.

In Morocco, Fish Seller’s Gruesome Death Sparks Widespread Protests

Protests have erupted across Morocco over the death of a fish seller. Protestors were shocked by the circumstances surrounding Fikri’s death, which was filmed on a mobile phone and posted online. An image of the lifeless victim’s head and arm protruding from the truck’s compacting mechanism went viral.

After Failed Coup, Turkey’s Economy Struggles to Rebound

Since 2013, the Turkish miracle has been fading. The massive ‘Gezi Park’ protests in the summer of that year resulted in an authoritarian drift that also hurt the country’s economy. Turkey’s slowdown is partly attributable to international factors like weak growth in the eurozone, the readjustment of US monetary policy, the Russian recession and the wars in Iraq and Syria. Now, interest rates are spiking, the economy is slowing and dollar-denominated loans are becoming impossible to service. Moreover, housing prices keep rising despite an excess real estate stock, which looks like a bubble. That’s the real risk: if there’s a bubble, and it bursts, that could unleash a chain reaction, political and economic

Human Rights Situation in Syria

The 2016 Human Rights Watch (HRW) country report for Syria documents the escalating use of violence in the war-torn country. Five years after the start of a conflict that involves numerous state and non-state actors, violations of human rights and international war treaties and protocols have become a daily occurrence. However, Syria’s appalling human rights record goes back decades.

Despite Ailing Health, Imprisoned Journalist Isa Saharkhiz Continues to Criticize Iranian Regime

Isa Saharkhiz, Iranian journalist and political activist, was arrested several times for his open criticism of the Islamic Republic. There are now serious concerns for his health. Although he suffers from several ailments, prison authorities refuse him access to the medical treatment required to improve his poor physical state. Saharkhiz is an outspoken critic of the policies of the Islamic Republic. Dubbed a reformist, he is now caught up in the escalating factional in-fighting that has the hardliners targeting all political and intellectual leaders

In Iraq, Corruption and Sectarianism Blamed for Ongoing Instability

Corruption and sectarianism are jeopardizing Iraq’s security. Security and military officers have failed to bring stability to the country since the American invasion in 2003.

In Syria, Ancient City of Palmyra Still a Battleground

The ancient and strategic city of Palmyra fell to Islamic State (IS) in May 2015. Ten months later, on 27 March 2016, the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces, recaptured the city, an event largely viewed as a turning point in the war against ‘the terrorists’.