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Shiite Muslim fighters from the Saraya al-Salam  (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and tasked with defending the holy sites of Shiite Islam, brandish their weapons as they hold a position on the Jurf al-Sakhr front line, the scene of heavy fighting against advancing Jihadist militants and fighters of the Islamic State (IS), south of the capital Baghdad, on August 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Ali Al-Saadi) ‘Another wave of Western intervention threatens to pull Iraq apart’
The Obama administration’s recent decision to intervene in Iraq has seen the first US air strikes since the end of the American occupation in 2011, in response to the sweeping territorial gains made by militants belonging to the Islamic State group. 2 by Nile Bowie
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (AFP Photo / SANA) ‘US realizing that ISIS getting stronger is bad alternative to Assad’
If the United States is to really degrade the capability of ISIS it needs to be done not only in Iraq but also in Syria, Max Abrahms, professor at Northeastern University, told RT. 29
A car drives past trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine near a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point in Rostov Region, August 21, 2014. (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk)
‘Kiev, US propaganda war leave little motive to let Russian aid in’
Kiev’s propaganda war over eastern Ukraine leaves no real motive to let the Russian humanitarian aid in, former US-Russia presidential commission adviser told RT. Similarly, US government and media are failing in their coverage of the humanitarian crisis. 24
AFP Photo / Karen Bleier ​Bitcoin winning over women in developing countries?
There is a steady movement led by women in developing countries to embrace the use of bitcoins. 7 by Jhinuk Chowdhury
An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location (AFP Photo) Tel Aviv's Islamic States crusader game plan is straight out of the Middle Ages
When England’s famous crusader, Richard the ‘Lionheart’, returned home in 1194 to a hero’s welcome, few of the cheering English folk had a clue about the rivers of blood he and his friends had been spilling in the name of Jesus across the holy land. 6 by Tony Gosling
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (AFP Photo / Evaristo Sa) Brazil elections: Rousseff still the favorite, but Silva’s nomination casts doubts
​It was all set for this to be the most boring presidential elections in Brazil since 1989. But the protests in June last year made it all a bit more difficult to foresee. 1 by Mauricio Savarese
People walk past trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine near a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point in Rostov Region, August 21, 2014 (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk) Why isn't Ukraine a cause for Hollywood celebrities?
Finding a celebrity with a cause is about as easy as finding a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, but they are thin on the ground for the refugees fleeing the Ukrainian civil war. 37 by Bryan MacDonald
Image from edbookfest.co.uk ​Latest book trend talks about Russia’s ‘threat to the world’
People living in the West do not need their governments to remind them who their enemy is. Not when they have an obliging intelligentsia to do it for them. 50 by John Wight
ARCHIVE PHOTO: A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples on August 29, 2013, as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital (AFP Photo) ​Attack on Ghouta, 1 year on: ‘War is always main course for US’
This week marks the first anniversary of the infamous chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. 14 by Eric Draitser
Security forces charge demonstrators after being hit by water bottles during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 20, 2014 (Reuters / Adrees Latif) ​‘Systematic militarization taking place in Ferguson’
Militarization in Ferguson has very little to do with stopping any sort of looting and has everything to do with the attempt to destroying and dismantle the democratic rights of the American people, reporter Andrey Damon, told RT. 5

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