Regions / Iraq
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.
The Islamic State’s initial attempts at governing have been disrupted by Western airstrikes.
Just like the Islamist State, Saudi Arabia flogs and prescribes hanging and stoning to death.
Just how involved is Iran in the fight against the Islamic State?
After the Paris massacre, European governments should resist narratives of civilizational conflict and push for a ceasefire in the Syrian war.