Thursday, December 26, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- December 26, 2013

The flag of the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, at the entrance to al-Raqqa. © REUTERS/Nour Fourat

The Monster That Won't Die -- Hussein Ibish, NOW

Al-Qaeda is making yet another appalling comeback

Every time it seems as if it's about to finally outlive its viability, al-Qaeda and its affiliates astonishingly spring back to life. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, the organization was virtually wiped out. But the war in Iraq brought it back from the brink of oblivion, giving it a new battleground, recruiting tool, training field, and rationale. Following the "Awakening" in Sunni areas of Iraq, al-Qaeda again appeared to be a thing of the past, or at least relegated to permanent irrelevancy.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Iran's Delays and Deceptions -- Clifford May, Real Clear World

Iraq gets Hellfire missiles, U.S. arms dealers get a merry Christmas -- Paul Whitefield, L.A. Times

Turkey's Byzantine Scandal -- Wall Street Journal

Erdogan’s dream turns into a nightmare -- Yavuz Baydar, Al-Monitor

Who is to blame for the crisis in South Sudan? -- Nile Bowie, RT

Egypt: back with a vengeance -- The Guardian editorial

For Japan and China, a day of selective remembrance -- Christian Science Monitor editorial

How Andy Warhol Explains China's Attitudes Toward Chairman Mao -- Julian Gewirtz, The Atlantic

In 2014, keep an eye on India -- Christian Science Monitor editorial

Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians -- Akbar Ahmed, New York Times

Ukraine's Orange Blues -- Alexander J. Motyl, World Affairs

Norway’s shame: How a nation squandered its oil riches -- Jerome Vitenberg, Washington Times

Argentina Launches A Rocket While Its Infrastructure Collapses -- IBD Editorial

Edward Snowden says today's surveillance worse than '1984' -- Jonathan D. Salant, The Age

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