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The Bones Of History

<b>The Republic Of Ireland</b> has been doing a very hard job over the past couple of decades of confronting the awful legacy of having its civil government so closely married to the institutional Roman Catholic Church. For years, the Church was given a free hand in running a great deal of what passed for …

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Join WashPost for a discussion on “After the Wars” series exploring the effects of war on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

Go inside The Post’s multi-part series looking at the profound, enduring effects of recent wars during a <b>Behind the Headlines panel discussion hosted by The Washington Post on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.</b> Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is FREE, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP and submit a …

Iraq launches large-scale offensive in Falluja

Iraq has launched a large-scale military operation to regain control of the city of Falluja, held by anti-government fighters since December, the Defense Ministry said Friday.<p>Soldiers and police officers have killed many fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and confiscated a large …

President Obama and the Unraveling of Iraq

Dexter Filkins’s dispatch on Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki the state of Iraq makes for depressing reading, but it offers invaluable insight …

Christian Werner in Post-War Iraq: A Photographer Investigates a Health Crisis

1 of 24<p><i>Photojournalist Christian Werner made the following images on two trips to Iraq in 2012.</i><p>On a gray day in April 2012, an elderly woman walked …

By the Rivers of Babylon; What Happened to the Jews of Iraq

A powerful new documentary is being screened this week at the Center for Jewish Heritage on Manhattan's West 16th street: "The Last Jews Of Bagdad; End Of An Exile, Beginning Of A Journey" produced by Carole Basri, an energetic American filmmaker of Iraqi descent, together with Adriana Davis and …

Saddam Hussein

Films of UK army interrogations in Iraq 'show the good, the bad and the ugly'

With efforts to force a public inquiry proving unsuccessful, a cache of at least 2,626 recordings remains mostly unseen<p>ICC to investigate claims that British troops carried out war crimes<p>Not long after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mercer, then the British military's most …

Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

A stroll through the Baghdad Book Fair last month was a lesson in today's cultural norms in Iraq. The books — gold-embossed, neatly arrayed — were almost all religious, and most of the customers were men.<p>But in the middle of the white pavilion, a woman's voice rang out loud and strong. Fawzia …

47 Killed, 80 Wounded in Fresh Iraq Attacks

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is now, according to reports, killing more Syrian rebels than is the Syrian army. This is the …

ICC prosecutor to examine alleged British crimes in Iraq war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.<p>The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of …

Nato troops killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five dead in incident, with coalition security force saying it is looking into the circumstances<p>Five Nato troops have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the Nato-led security force Isaf said on Saturday.<p>"Isaf is still in the process of reviewing the circumstances to …

KQED

Flickr: Corey Leopold<p>Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own …

Pedagogy

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George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

TV Series

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Fargo's urban myth made into movie

As TV's Fargo begins its Channel 4 run, a film based on the mysterious story of a Japanese woman who froze to death in Minnesota – in pursuit, allegedly of the Coens' original kidnap ransom – debuts at Sundance London<p>"We never wanted it to be a winky homage to Fargo," says David Zellner, "just …

Go Tell It: The Fight to Keep James Baldwin's Books in Schools

<i>Editor's Note: James Baldwin's books are falling from the curriculum, fictional meals realized, and more in our Friday roundup.</i><p>The late James Baldwin …

Northwestern players' union votes are in: Now what?

A look at the scenarios for the future, along with the controversy surrounding Northwestern's position on the day of the vote.<p>Northwestern's scholarship football players will vote in a secret ballot election Friday to determine whether they want to unionize. It's going to be quite the anticlimactic …

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

What Scarlett Johansson’s New Movie ‘Under the Skin’ Tells Us About Her Gross ‘New Yorker’ Profile

Late last month, <i>The New Yorker</i>’s Anthony Lane wrote a profile of Scarlett Johansson. Maybe you heard about it; if you did, it was probably not in …