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OPINION: Al Baghdadi and the Doctrine Behind the Name

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OXFORD, Oct 21 (IPS) - When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu'minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. 

U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington's efforts to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LONDON, Oct 18 (IPS) - Through all of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's campaigns of ‘Arabization', they survived. The diverse Iraqi communities inhabiting the Nineveh plains – Yezidis, Turkmen, Assyrians and Shabak, as well as Kurds – held on to their unique identities and most of their historic lands.

History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (IPS) - Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating.

OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State's advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani's fate and the Islamic State's territorial successes and defeats.

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza

Monday, October 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (IPS) - When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend - the third such conference in less than six years - the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come?

Judaisation Means Housing Crisis for Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Sunday, October 12, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 12 (IPS) - A deliberate Israeli policy to Judaise East Jerusalem has forced thousands of Palestinians out of their homes and created a chronic housing shortage in the occupied part of the city.

Financing for Biodiversity: A Simple Matter of Keeping Promises

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 07 (IPS) - With governments, activists and scientists tearing their hair out over the world's impending crisis in biodiversity, the outgoing president of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) delivered a simple message to participants at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP12) currently underway in the Republic of Korea's northern Pyeongchang county: honour the promises you made last year.

Schools Open In Iraqi Kurdistan ... But for Refugees Not Students

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 07 (IPS) - "We had ten minutes to leave our hometown," says 33-year-old Kamal Faris who, together with his entire family, was forced to flee the threat of Islamic State (IS) fighters approaching his village.

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