The United States is slowly reversing its stated policy toward Syria from a careful tolerance of Russia’s effort to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power, at least for the short term, to a combination of restricted missile attack and a
Update: President Trump issued a new Executive Order on March 6, 2017 removing Iraq from the list of countries whose nationals were included in the first Executive Order. The survey and writing of this article were done prior to
Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. Sunday, 20 November 2016, was a normal day at Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a well-financed daily newspaper supervised by the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. Like every new issue, the constant topics were a heavy dose of propaganda polishing
Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. Congressional hearings are meant to shed light on certain complexities of issues considered by the legislature as it engages in drafting laws or conducting oversight and this is usually done by seeking the help of experts in
Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. The Government of Bahrain is deliberately pushing the Shia majority to a boiling point. Instead of working toward a political solution to the country’s sectarian stalemate and decreasing the forced marginalization of the Shia, who make 70%
Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. For half a century before its 2003 regime change, Iraq experienced escalating levels of authoritarianism that increased with the passing of time and the change of successive governments. A Coup d’état was the only possible method of regime change.
by Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. I used to have a hard-time understanding the strong identification of Iraqis with a soccer club such as Real Madrid, which is a continent apart in geography and a galaxy away from Iraqi daily living conditions.
By Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. The general view is that the Shia highest authority in Iraq (the Marja’iya in Najaf) is the most powerful player in Iraqi politics. Not any more, at least in the last months! In this article, I
Aِbbas Kadhim, Ph.D. I am coming back to this series of articles to address another catastrophic consequence of the Mosul occupation by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), that is the traumatized population and what to expect from the demoralization that
Abbas Kadhim, Ph.D. In the first article, I presented a general historical overview of the 1991 uprising, its ambitious beginning, and its unfortunate end. In this second part, I will address the charges that were made against the uprising —