James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles The recent attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan once again compels us to ask: Why do people pledge allegiance to the Islamic State? Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack, isn’t a devout Muslim. He cursed and came late to prayers, according to acquaintances who … Continue reading What draws ‘lone wolves’ to the Islamic State?
Katharine H.S. Moon, Wellesley College Those who want to end North Korea’s nuclear threats often point to China as the sole actor who could save the day by making Kim Jong-Un and his regime stand down. Beijing provides about 90 percent of imports that North Koreans rely on, mainly food and oil. So, the argument … Continue reading Don’t rely on China: North Korea won’t kowtow to Beijing
Last Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The date intentionally coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action, which saw the French anti-poverty campaigner Father Joseph Wresinski ask the international community, in front of 100,000 Parisians, to “strive to eradicate extreme poverty”. To mark … Continue reading The World’s Poorest Are Getting Richer Faster than Anyone Else
Word is former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will be indicted in the coming weeks. This one's a problem for Trump. Trump knew since Jan 4. Flynn was under criminal investigation for illegal ties to Turkey's dictator, but made him National Security Adviser anyway. The criminal investigation concerned Flynn secretly lobbying for Turkey while … Continue reading Here’s why a Flynn indictment is a legal nightmare for Trump
November 1, 2017 Prime Minister Mr. Abadi has claimed that Erbil withdrew from an agreement between the Iraqi army and the Ministry of the Peshmerga. There has been no agreement between us. There was a draft agreement that was presented by the Iraqi military delegation; on the day following the meeting between the Iraqi government and … Continue reading Statement from KRG Council of Ministers on the dialogue with federal Iraqi government
November 1, 2017 The KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the baseless statementissued by Iraq's Joint Operations Command. It demonstrates Iraq is not interested in allowing the technical negotiation team between Erbil and Baghdad to reach an agreement. Senior Peshmerga officials presented the following proposal to the Iraqi Federal Government on … Continue reading Statement by KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs
Following the aggressive actions against Kurdistan taken by Iraqi security forces in the disputed territories since October 16, which resulted in the deaths of civilians and security forces on both sides as well as the displacement of 168,000 civilians to Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a call for dialogue to prevent the escalation of a civil … Continue reading Statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States