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Iraqi Kurds Declare Independence. How Will This Change the Middle East?

Remind me: Who are the Kurds?

More than 8 million Kurds, a majority-Muslim ethnic group with a distinct culture, live in northern Iraq. Most of them identify as Sunni Muslims, but they stand out as a group that defends religious minorities including Christians and atheists. While they’ve never been their own country before, the Kurds are their own community and want to be independent.

Will Kurdish independence change the Middle East?

“Yes” is an understatement. U.S. officials say the Kurds’ vote for independence on Monday could mean Iraq will be destabilized – again – and the fight with ISIS could be hindered.

The prime minister of Iraq has given the Kurds a Friday deadline to turn over their airports and oil assets; Turkey is shifting tanks and troops to its border with the Kurds; and Iran has shut down all air travel.

How does this affect the U.S.?

The U.S. has invested troops’ lives, time and money into holding Iraq together. Former U.S. officials and policy experts told Reuters that the Kurdish referendum is another blow to American power worldwide.

Glenn’s take:

“It is rare that you witness a true pivot point in history, but that is what is happening right now in the Middle East,” Glenn said on radio Wednesday. “After the dust settles, the entire map of the Middle East will look different.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: We are witnessing the birth of a new country, but nobody is looked. In an act that has been a century in the making, the Kurds in northern Iraq voted yesterday to separate and gain their independence. This is going to be huge.

The fallout from the post-World War I Sykes-Picot agreement continues. If you don't know what that is, go to GlennBeck.com, and we will help explain that to you. It's why ISIS exists. It's why a lot of these troubles exist. Is because of what the West did and England did in World War I.

Stage one was ISIS declaring their caliphate and dissolve the Syria/Iraq border. Stage two begins right now. And it is rare that you witness a true privet point in history. But that is what is happening right now in the Middle East.

And after the dust settles, the entire map of the Middle East will look different. But freedom is never free. The prime minister of Iraq is furious. He's given the Kurds until Friday to turn over all of their airports, all of their oil assets, the border crossings. And if the Kurds refuse, Iraq has promised to begin a travel and goods embargo.

The United States is going to abandon the Kurds yet again. Iraqi troops and Iranian-trained Shia militias are moving to the Kurdistan-Iraqi border. Turkey is also moving tanks and troops to the border with the Kurds and threatening their own embargo. Iran has shut down all air travel. The entire area is set to ignite.

Something else that hasn't been reported: Is the small religious minority currently caught between the Iranian and Iraqi forces moving north and their Kurds holding their ground?

The region of Ninevah will be one of the biggest battlegrounds. This is important. A lot of the work that Mercury One has done freeing Christians, saving Christians, is in one of the oldest Christian lands in the world. And once again, the Christians living there are facing annihilation. They just came back home.

We are witnessing the birth of a new country and change on a massive scale. But change of this magnitude comes at a price. And as usual in this area, I fear the Christians may end up paying the highest price.

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The Left and Right agree: Social media companies like Facebook are abusing their power — whether through censorship or harmful, groupthink-creating algorithms. But is the solution really more censorship and regulation, like government fearmongers and leftist "whistleblowers" have insisted? Glenn sits down with the senior editor at Reason, Robby Soave, who has a much more refreshing solution laid out in his latest book, "Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the Future." Politicians have weaponized the fear we have about social media. So, maybe we should be looking at the positives. Glenn and Robby take a look at the (very familiar) history of tech panic and censorship, balance the consequences of changing Section 230, and expose the real threat to the future of free speech: Progressive tyranny entrenched in the old school media.

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'HARMFUL CONTENT': How King Biden Is KILLING the Constitution

On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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Why it’s time for Dr. Fauci to STOP DOING INTERVIEWS!

Dr. Fauci was at it again over the weekend, this time declaring during a CBS News interview that it's 'too soon to tell' if Americans can safely gather with family this Christmas season. But the main issue isn't necessarily Fauci's crazy statement, Stu explains to Glenn. Rather, it's Fauci doing TV interviews at all. The left will support anything he says and the right will call him an idiot no matter what. He no longer has the ability to sway minds, so why is he on television more than Glenn is?!

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Donald Trump famously tweeted, "They're not after me, they're after you. I'm just in the way." General Michael Flynn was also in the way, apparently, because the deep state has definitely gone after him, on every front. He's been hounded by the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Democrat Party, and the media. But the hounding didn't stop there. Chase Bank canceled accounts because he was "a reputational risk." Meanwhile, the real problems of our country go unchecked. Glenn and Gen. Flynn talk about all of it and more: The immigration crisis in Del Rio, the opioid crisis, the impact of critical race theory, the threat of radical Islamism, the corruption of the media, the persecution of Brett Kavanaugh, the incompetence of Biden, the tragedy of Afghanistan, the hypocrisy of Gen. Milley. And Russia. It's is all we heard for the last six years. But as details emerge, we see the truth. Gen. Flynn is very clear: "I didn't lie to the FBI." And yet, Gen. Flynn still believes in the American people to save the country.