SOURCE: Boston Review
Iraq's Militarized Politics Keep the Country in Turmoil
by Simona Foltyn
Sectarian divisions and easy access to weapons have ensured that force remains a determinative factor in Iraqi politics.
The Iraq Invasion Turns 20
Historians comment on the consequences of the invasion and efforts to control the narrative about how and why the US invaded.
How an Abstract "War on Terror" Became All Too Real in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Roger Peace
Politics drove the Bush administration to expand the scope of a military response to 9/11 to cover costly entanglements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
SOURCE: New York Times
Iraq Reclaims 17,000 Looted Artifacts, Its Biggest-Ever Repatriation
"The institution that held about 12,000 of the items was the Museum of the Bible, a four-year-old Washington museum founded and funded by the Christian evangelical family that owns the Hobby Lobby craft store chain."
My Parents' Survival Story Implies A Broader 'Intersectionality'
by Ralph Seliger
The attack on Baghdad's Jews in 1941 underscores the ongoing vulnerability of Jews to mob violence.
SOURCE: New York Times
In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization
The ancient city of Babylon is a World Heritage Site, but it faces threats old and new. As some of its walls crumble, preservationists are fighting to preserve the past.
Will They Ever Be Over? The 20th Anniversary of the War on Terror Arrives
by Nick Turse
Trump's incoherent foreign policy presents Joe Biden an opportunity to take genuine steps to end the entanglements of the war on terror.
Trump Claims Credit for Defeating ISIS. Pentagon Documents Show Otherwise
by Brian Glyn Williams
A historian and scholar of the War on Terror says that Trump's claims of credit in the fight against ISIS are hot air.
30 Years Later: Saddam Hussein's Fateful Decision to Invade Kuwait
by Guy Laron
It was clear from the outset that this was a desperate gamble that put Iraq on a collision course with Washington. But Saddam believed he had no other choice but to stop Kuwait from dumping oil into a slack market.
SOURCE: Business Insider
Democrats May Beat Trump in November and Still not Learn the Most Important Lesson from his Presidency
by Daniel Bessner
Democrats must not just defeat Trump; they must commit to fighting a culture of elite impunity that has enabled the rise of Trump and an unaccountable Republican Party.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Invaders, allies, occupiers, guests: A brief history of U.S. military involvement in Iraq
For the past 17 years, the United States has maintained a military presence in Iraq.
The History Briefing on the Assassination of ISIS Founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: How Historians Have Discussed Recent News
by Lila Someshwar
Historians give much-needed context to a complex issue.
We Must Not Grow Numb To The Yazidi Genocide
by Alon Ben-Meir
The international community cannot grow numb to genocide, as this will continue to haunt us only with greater force. The Yazidis have paid the ultimate price, and no other ethnic group should be subjected to the same fate by any perpetrator with impunity, and with apathy from the international community.
The End of Humanitarian Intervention? A Debate at the Oxford Union With Historian David Gibbs and Michael Chertoff
by David N. Gibbs
Michael Chertoff -- former Secretary of Homeland Security during the presidency of George W. Bush and coauthor of the USA Patriot Act – defended humanitarian intervention; Gibbs argued against the practice.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
A drought revealed a palace thousands of years old submerged in an Iraq reservoir
Excavation of a submerged reservoir leads to the discovery of an ancient palace known as Kemune.
Arbella Bet-Shlimon Got Into History to Counter False Perceptions of Middle East Region
by Erik Moshe
She had a goal when she first started out in history: to use teaching, scholarship, and research to help offset spurious ideas that foster cruelty to Middle Easterners in the United States and prolong destructive foreign policy abroad.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Long-Classified Memo Surfaces Warning of ‘Perfect Storm’ From Invading Iraq
Diplomats accurately forecast many setbacks: sectarian violence, attacks on U.S. troops, Iranian intervention and long road to structural change.
SOURCE: NY Times
A War Memorial Is Being Expanded. Some Say It Whitewashes History.
The Australian War Memorial, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, will grow to commemorate recent conflicts, including war zones in which Australia still has troops.
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
Veni, Vidi, Tweeti (I Came, I Saw, I Tweeted)
by Tom Engelhardt
An Obituary for the Republic
Baghdad’s Fortified Green Zone Opens to Public After 15 Years
The neighborhood, known as the Green Zone, had been cordoned off by the American military in 2003 to protect it from bombings during the war.
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