On Christmas Day, 2009, the United States almost suffered another 9/11. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to detonate explosives on board a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The attack was unsuccessful thanks to faulty planning and passenger intervention, but the fact that the bomber was able to get through security signals […]

Nouri al-Maliki’s abdication from the position of Iraqi Prime Minister last month sent shockwaves around the Middle East and the world. Under increasing pressure from his allies in Washington and from elsewhere on the international scene, Maliki relinquished his position, catalyzing a process that will ideally lead to a complete reconstruction of the Iraqi government. […]

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