11 year old Yemeni girl Nada Al Ahdal, who ran away rather than be married off to her uncle.

Iraq wants to lower marriage age to 9, legalize marital rape, ban women from leaving home

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Iraqi Minister of Planning Ali Shukri: “Iraq is the number one country in the world in marriages of young girls.”
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Crimea is “Putin’s Iraq”

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The lesson of Iraq was that in the modern era, invading a country is easy — but occupation is hard, and costly.
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It’s finally time to reform the UN Security Council

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The tense situation in Ukraine shows (yet again) that the UN Security Council will be powerless unless reformed.
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Foreign Policy: “Yes, Marcus. They did die in vain.”

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“Our top leaders have wasted the lives of our sons, daughters, and comrades with their incompetence and hubris.”
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Loving the troops to death

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CNN’s Jake Tapper got blasted for expressing a legitimate concern about troops deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Puppies in wartime (video)

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A cute pic and video of some puppies with US troops in Iraq.
From the classic short film Bambi vs Godzilla.

If words could waterboard. Public radio destroys Rumsfeld in interview.

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Public radio’s savage act of journalism interviewing Bush Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
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We should have made US troops in Iraq consular employees in Benghazi

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Maybe then Republicans would have given a damn about four and a half thousand American dead in Iraq.
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Jon Stewart on the confused Republican rush for war in Syria (video)

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Ixnay on the Iraq-ay.
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How 3 decades of weak Democratic messaging undermined Medicare and Social Security

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Reagan, Bush & congressional Republicans broke the budget, and Democrats don’t note it nearly enough.
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