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ANALYSIS: Can ‘obscure cleric’ save Iraq from brutal terrorism of ISIS? | Lapido Media - Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs

In some ways, though, the second reason that Sistani and his leanings should be of great interest to the non-Islamic world is even more significant: he is a force for moderation within Iraq, consistently appealing to the entire population of Iraq rather than to the Shias only, both during the periods of sectarian ‘cleansing’ during the recent war in Iraq, and at present, when sectarian feelings are running high across the Middle East, and Iraq itself is beset by a Sunni resurgence, going under the name of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. 21 more words

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It's 70 Years since D-Day

70 Years ago today 156,000 Men crossed the English channel and turned the tide of war against Hitler in West Europe – every one of us owes them something. 21 more words

War / Military

David Swanson: Why War Is Not Inevitable

. . . we need to understand war as the cultural creation that it is and stop imagining it as something imposed on us by forces beyond our control.

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