Mesopotamia News

  • Obama to Meet With Lawmakers as He Weighs Iraq Airstrikes

    President Barack Obama will meet with the four top congressional leaders tomorrow on U.S. options in Iraq, as he ponders whether to launch airstrikes against Islamic militants.

  • Airstrikes on Iraq Carry Risks as Obama Weighs Options

    The airstrikes that President Barack Obama is considering against Islamic militants in Iraq could prove as messy and inconclusive as the war the U.S. thought had ended there in 2011.

  • Twitter Saps Productivity, Facebook Makes You Fat

    Ever since the invention of the wheel in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C., technological innovation has been improving our lives. Because new devices and processes help us produce more (output) with less (labor input), prices fall, real wages rise and we are all better off. If there is a free lunch in this world, it’s productivity growth.

  • Iraq to Raise Wheat Output by 74% by 2015, State Company Says

    Iraq will increase local wheat production by about 74 percent to 3 million metric tons by 2015, according to Saleh Hussein Jabur, director general of state- owned Mesopotamia Seed Co.

  • Roman Dice Rollers Meet Egyptian Gamblers in French Show

    “The die is cast,” declared Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon in 49 B.C. and led his troops from Gaul, where he was governor, into Italy.

  • The Real U.S. Map, a Country of Regions (Part 5): Colin Woodard

    In “American Nations,” I’ve sought to show how our Balkanized past has informed our divided present, in the hopes of fostering a better understanding of the American identity and predicament. But inevitably people ask what this means for the future.

  • Payback Feels Right, But Leads to More Terrorism: Robert Wright

    Just shy of 10 years ago, on Sept. 12, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.S. and its allies would “go after terrorism wherever we find it in the world” and “get it by its branch and root” so that it could “be brought to an end.” Things haven’t worked out that way.

  • Feldman: Mideast Strife Is Symptom of Weak States

    For most of Islamic history, Sunnis and Shiites have managed to get along under the guidance of strong governments -- mostly run by Sunnis who kept the Shiites in their place. But when governments are on the edge of collapse, as in Iraq a few years ago and in Syria and Afghanistan today, the old sectarian tensions flare.

  • Excavating Armageddon, Israeli Researchers Reveal Past

    Archaeologists who found a 3,000- year-old gold ibex earring in the remains of the ancient Canaanite city identified with Armageddon anticipate further discoveries will broaden historical insight about the site.

  • Syrian Massacre Has Few Echoes of War in the Balkans

    Syria is the new Bosnia and Houla is the new Srebrenica. This is the fashionable conceit of journalists, think-tankers and opinion makers of various stripes after last week’s grotesque house-to-house execution of 49 children, among others, in the Syrian town.

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