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Signs of Hope in Iraq

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Signs of Hope in Iraq

While many are aware of the story of ISIS, many forget the fractured state Iraq was in before the emergence of the terrorist group. With the capitol firmly rooted in Shiite control, fears of Sunni voter suppression and other forms of legislative discrimination were quickly realized. To the north, Kurdish oil negotiations stalled and the constitutionally guaranteed promise of an independence referendum increasingly grew more unlikely to be fulfilled in a way that satisfied all parties. Essentially, as it had been before the WW1 victors created the state, Iraq was operating as three separate factions. Since the 2005 creation of...

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Assad's PR Dream

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Assad's PR Dream

No one wants to admit this fact, but Bashar Assad has had a few months of good public relations. In recent years, the English trained optician turned “Butcher of Damascus” was most commonly mentioned in Western media in connection with indiscriminate bombing campaigns and chemical weapon deployment. Given such a track record, not many foresaw Assad becoming the last hope of the Syrian Kurds   Since 2014-2015, the Syrian Civil War lacked a key element found in all of history’s Civil Wars: a conflict amongst countrymen. With the rise of ISIS and the Al Nusra front, foreign fighters – mostly...

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