Jacob Siegel and Michael Weiss, Daily Beast: Torched Baghdad Neighborhood Could Be Just the Beginning

Residents of the Sunni district of Adhamiya say Shia militias were responsible for the violence, stoking fears of more sectarian violence—and a plunge into all-out Iraqi civil war.

Rioters in Iraq’s capital set fire to buildings in a Sunni neighborhood late Wednesday night, threatening to erupt in sectarian violence before Iraqi security forces restored order in the area.

No deaths or injuries have yet been confirmed in the violence, but images from the scene show widespread damage. And as the Sunni district of Adhamiya smolders, it has awakened some of the nightmare scenarios of Iraq plunging into civil war.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 15, 2015

Go ahead, tick off the Saudis (and the Israelis, too) -- Andrew J. Bacevich, L.A. Times

The Assault on Christians, and Hope, in Iraq -- Miles Windsor, WSJ

Yemen's human suffering fanned by war -- Baraa Shiban, BBC

Looming Over US-Gulf Allies Talks: A Choice of ‘Poison Pills’ -- Jeff Seldin, VOA

Has Saudi Arabia already won its Yemen war? -- Silvana Toska, Washington Post

A big win for Kurds at the White House -- Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

How a fatal car crash in Iran exposed growing anger towards super-rich -- The Guardian

Turks Are Wondering if Their President Is Insane -- Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast

Kim Jong Un's Penchant for Purges -- Andrei Lankov, Bloomberg

China’s Big Bet: The world’s future depends on China’s energy use. -- Sharon E. Burke, Slate

Clock turns back in Burundi -- Irish Times editorial

Putin Tries to Freeze the Ukraine Conflict -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The west talks about a new cold war. For Russians it has already started -- Susan Richards, The Guardian

The New Space Race -- Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

How Tsarnaev Was Sentenced to Death -- Adam Vaccaro,

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