1. "The Kurds have no friends but the mountains," is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them … Continue reading "Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?"

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  2. The looting of Kurdish homes in recently captured town appears to continue unchecked.

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  3. Originally posted at TomDispatch. Born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, a former businessman who had helped run companies into the ground, he was widely considered ill-prepared for the presidency, out of his depth, a lightweight in a heavyweight world. Still, having won the Republican nomination and then a uniquely contested election, once … Continue reading "Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point"

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  4. There’s something very wrong with an ideological movement that calls for opposition to centralism, protests high taxation, and defends the right to cultural and political autonomy – and yet, when it comes down to actually supporting these ideals in real life, cannot bring itself to rise to the occasion. While Ed Krayewski has been writing … Continue reading "Getting It Right On Catalonia"

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  5. Displaced Kurds are being told to say away from Tuz Khormato because the situation is still too volatile there. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

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