A significant section of the Iraqi public is not willing to let the country split up.
In Germany today, references to Putin evoke all too sharply recollections of German language used against every Russian leader since the start of World War I.
But it is spurring worries of another misguided U.S. military undertaking, escalating war and chaos, with the people of the region bearing the brunt.
Progress on enacting a new trade union law in Iraq is still stalled.
The first major study into the human cost of the Iraq war in eight years has found that nearly half a million people died because of the U.S.-led invasion.
The first Iraqi Social Forum, which opens Thursday in Baghdad, could be an eye-opener for Americans, who will be able to participate online.
For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.
Thousands marched, waving red flags and raising banners with workers' and trade unionist demands.
The attack on the Communist newspaper office occurred just before the eve of the Iraqi Communist Party's 78th anniversary.
The talk of covert action, "no fly zones," and military involvement via proxies has ratcheted up following the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution.