ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire

“The sound of the shelling was terrifying. In my street no-one was left. We were the last family to leave,” explained Janda, an Assyrian Christian from Iraq. Her family of six fled the town of Qaragosh (also known as Bakhida and Hamdaniya) 30km east of Mosul, in northern Iraq, leaving their home in the middle …

US diplomat condemns Bahrain regime

A US diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain on Monday after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group has spoken out against the move on Twitter. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said the decision was “about undermining dialogue” in the country. The diplomat met members of al-Wefaq, …

Yemen IDP crisis unravels

More than 35,000 people have been displaced in Yemen’s Omran province, a local government refugee agency said on Wednesday, a day after Shi’ite Muslim tribal fighters overran the provincial capital following fighting that killed more than 200 people. In an urgent appeal sent to relief organisations operating in Yemen, the head of the Yemeni government …

John Kerry Seeks for Syrian “Rebels” Help in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks on Friday July, 25 that the U.S. hopes to enlist what he called “moderate” Syrian militants – which the Obama administration has decided to equip with weapons and train – in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq. Kerry was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to meet …

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

By Faisal Gill – The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own …