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Social Media in the Middle East

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Peace Treaty

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World Focus on the Middle East

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Human Rights

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Pinpoint Accuracy

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AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Testing Cease-Fire

After Wednesday’s cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, a 20-year-old Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded in a clash with Israeli soldiers in the southeast Gaza Strip.

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Counting the Gaza Dead

Numbers compiled by The Economist show the loss of life in the latest Gaza-Israel conflict to be grossly disproportionate.

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Misdirections

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Washing One’s Hands Is Not So Easy

“Embracing ‘screw-both-sides’ nihilism and doing nothing else [about the Israel-Gaza conflict] is so tempting because it appears to provide relief from the burden of paying any further attention to the horrific violence or bearing responsibility for any of it,” but it means ignoring the U.S. government’s total support for Israeli aggression, Glenn Greenwald writes.

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In Gaza, It’s the Occupation, Stupid

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple.

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AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

Tel Aviv Bus Blast Causes Injuries (Video)

Twenty-one people were hurt Wednesday when a bus exploded in Israel’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv, the first such attack in the city in six and a half years.

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The Day in Israel and Gaza

Israeli strikes have killed at least 116 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in the last seven days, the majority of them civilians, including 27 children. As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in the region Tuesday to broker talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Hamas has demanded an end to the Gaza blockade and international assurances that Israel will stop assassinations and military measures.

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AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

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Many Lives

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Shameless Israel

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U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

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Murdoch’s Tweet on ‘Jewish Owned Press’ Ignites Controversy

Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

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Test for Egypt

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Israeli Fireworks

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AP/Hatem Moussa

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment While Preparing Ground Troops

Health officials quoted by The Guardian said that of the 21 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrikes Sunday, nine were children and four were women. Haaretz reports meanwhile that “the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.”

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Palestinian Air Force

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Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Control Panel Middle East

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Needs

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AP/Bernat Armangue

Music and Tears as the Rockets Fall

Outside the White House on Thursday night, a pro-Israeli group from George Washington University sang traditional Jewish songs, danced in circles and smiled while others protested U.S. backing of recent Israeli airstrikes that have killed 19 Palestinians.

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AP/Ariel Schalit

Fears of Israeli Ground Offensive Grow

Tensions in Israel and Gaza are mounting as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears ready to order a ground invasion after Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire failed and Hamas fired a rocket at Jerusalem.

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Tweet War

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Israel Reruns

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AP/Ariel Hermoni, Israeli Defense Ministry

Israeli Troops Move Toward Gaza

Israel is preparing for what may be an imminent invasion of Gaza after a day of shelling from Palestinian militants that killed three people. Israeli forces moved toward the Gaza border late Thursday.

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AP/Adel Hana

Gaza Rockets Kill 3 Israelis in Escalating Violence

Rockets fired from Gaza killed three people in southern Israel on Thursday as part of a response to Israel’s killing of Hamas’ military chief the day before. Roughly 200 rockets were fired in all, three-quarters of which were destroyed by Israel’s missile defense system.

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Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

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Star of David Peace Maze

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Thomas Hedges

The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

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Blacks More Likely Than Other Groups to Identify as Gay

A recent study shows blacks in the U.S. are more likely to identify as gay than other ethnic groups; saggy pants have become illegal in a Florida city; meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s work for big tobacco is at odds with his professed Mormon beliefs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

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U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

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AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds

Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

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Al-Jazeera

Israeli Navy Grabs Ship Bound for Gaza (Video)

A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists bound for Gaza was intercepted and boarded by Israeli marines and rerouted to Israel’s southern Mediterranean port of Ashdod, where passengers could face charges of entering Israel illegally.

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

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Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

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All God’s Children Got Nukes

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Romney and Obama: Too Cowardly to Discuss What Really Matters

Acclaimed social philosopher Noam Chomsky wants you to know that presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are ignoring two of the gravest threats to humankind: climate change and nuclear war.

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Israeli Air Force Downs Drone

Israeli troops are searching for the remnants of an unarmed drone of uncertain origin that their air force shot down in the south of the country Saturday. Though it appears to have been gathering intelligence, local reports suggest it was not from the Gaza Strip.

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Doomsday Machine

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The Real Reason the U.S. Fears Iranian Nukes

Iran wouldn’t be stupid enough to attack the United States or Israel with a nuclear bomb, Glenn Greenwald suggests in The Guardian. If it had such a weapon, it would be for the purpose of deterring American aggression.

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