Photos To Remind You How Beautiful Yemen Is


With the country slipping quickly into civil war, its easy to focus entirely on the warring factions and violence and write the country off. It is easy to forget what is being lost in Yemen, just like what was lost in Syria.

The following photo essay shows what is at risk in Yemen:

To add some perspective, see Al Jazeera, “Death of Aleppo”.

Aleppo was a UNESCO world heritage site, it is now in ruins. In a sense, for Yemen, Alleppo is the ghost of Christmas future (to borrow a little bit of Dickens) .

Sectarian-Based Violence: The Case of the Yezidis in Iraq and Syria -Middle East Institute


A brief overview of the persecution experienced by the Yezidis community in Syria and Iraq. As IS (ISIS) makes gains in Northern Iraq, the Yezidis are once again under siege: see

This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000 -Vox


An analysis of the deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2000. The analysis should provide some insight into where both sides are coming from:
Palestinians deaths have been overwhelming disproportionate: Since the year 2000, 87 percent of deaths have been Palestinian. But from the Israeli perspective, the numbers suggest their policies work. Since 2000, 1101 Israelis have been killed, but only 168 of that number occurred after 2005.
These numbers do not tell the whole story obviously, but they do help explain why both sides are so entrenched. Israeli policy outrages the Palestinians, but it makes the Israelis feel safe(r). Even Netanyahu’s critiques have a hard time arguing with the decline in casualties. Until someone comes along with a viable long term solution, the cyclical violence will continue.

Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq -Washington Post


The evolution of Maliki’s “leadership” in Iraq, as seen from a US perspective. A couple of questions to ask yourself:
1. Why did Maliki suddenly decide to consolidate power around himself in late 2008? Didn’t he see the danger of what he was doing?
2. What was Iran’s strategy when they backed Maliki at the expense of other Shi’a groups? What were their options?–and-lost-iraq/2014/07/03/0dd6a8a4-f7ec-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html