Regions / Iraq
Like Islam, Christianity has often been perverted to justify violence.
The Obama administration wants a rubber stamp on its unwise, unlimited, and unauthorized new war in the Middle East. It shouldn't get it.
There's no better time for Sunni and Shia to sit down together and address not just ISIS but the injustice, intolerance, and inequality that birthed it.
The United States is actually a world leader in the use of incendiary devices, but, unlike the Islamic State, it keeps it on the down low.
The flip side to the Islamic State's brutal invasions has been a trans-border unification of Kurdish fighters and refugees.
Apparently, the Islamic State seeks to execute pilots as retaliation for their bombing missions.
In films like American Sniper and The Interview, Americans are the heroes and "furriners" are the targets: an undifferentiated group of people so alien that they're practically subhuman.
A long-term alternative to war can only be built by popular movements in Iraq and Syria. These movements still matter, and they deserve our solidarity — not our bombs.
By burning alive Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Islamic State reinforced an apparent commitment to behave like a terrorist organization, not a state.
"American Sniper" is well acted, slickly produced, and occasionally gripping. It's also war propaganda.