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New Century Is Off to a Wobbly Start

This certainly is not the best of times, nor can it be called the worst of recent times, considering the years of totalitarianism, war and cold war the world lived through in the 20th century, recently closed. But the years since 2000 have provided no auspicious start to the 21st century.

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What Would a Rand Paul Libertarian Foreign Policy Look Like?

Paul’s strand of libertarianism, insofar as it deeply distrusts big government, typically opposes policies that increase the size and power of government, chief among them ones pertaining to war.

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Documentary Reveals Pentagon’s Ties to Iraq Torture Centers

The Guardian has released a full-length documentary on the ties between “dirty wars” veteran and retired Col. James Steele, who played a crucial role in setting up and overseeing a network of detention and torture centers in Iraq that committed some of the worst acts of torture, and the top brass at the Pentagon.

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Foreign Governments Turn Syrian Conflict to Their Own Advantage

Governments in the Middle East and across the world are exploiting the long chaos of Syria’s populist uprising to gain influence in the region. And Syrians—70,000 of whom have been killed in the conflict—are paying the price with their bodies and lives.

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Venezuela and the Middle East After Chavez

The foreign policy of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez imagined that socialism and anti-imperialism are the same thing, and that he could lead a new sort of socialist international. These considerations shaped his Middle East policy in ways that were contradictory and hypocritical.

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Ambitious Russia Trails U.S. in Arms Sales

Russia’s weapons merchants are back in the international limelight and the industry is booming.

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Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

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Egypt on the Brink

The announcement by the nation’s leftists and secularists that they will not contest this spring’s elections for the lower house of parliament is a needless disaster that could plunge Egypt into years of unrest.

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‘Homeland Security’: The Trillion Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a miniature Pentagon. But unlike the Pentagon, it draws no attention whatsoever—even though this country has spent an amount of money equivalent to more than one and a half New Deals on “homeland security” since 9/11.

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The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

While the major energy-producing countries in the Middle East are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships, the Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah Sees a ‘New Taliban’ Rising in Syria

As he watches neighboring Syria “implode,” the king of Jordan worries that the country will fracture and become a hotbed of religious extremism.

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Pakistan Taliban Leader Dead in U.S. Drone Strike

The first disclosed unmanned drone strike of 2013 killed top Taliban leader Mullah Nazir as he reportedly met with senior leaders of his group in South Waziristan early Thursday morning, security officials say.

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The Mideast Surprise of 2013?

Although the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable. In fact, unlikely as it may seem, a showdown could be brewing between the two countries.

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Holidays in the Holy Land

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All Clear

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The X Leader

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The Internet Turf War

At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, governments are trying to get their hands and handcuffs on the Internet; some scientists have posited that homosexuals inherit the trait from their opposite-sex parent; meanwhile, Italy’s disgraced Silvio Berlusconi prepares to run again. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Assad Fires Scud Missiles at Rebels, U.S. Reports

The 2-year-old conflict between the Syrian government and its opposition that has killed 40,000 civilians and threatens to destabilize the Middle East was escalated in recent days when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired Soviet-era Scud missiles at rebel fighters, American officials said Wednesday.

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Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? Since the onset of “the Global War on Terror” in 2001, the total cost for our garrisoning policies, for our presence abroad, has probably reached $1.8 trillion to $2.1 trillion.

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Bashar the Chemical

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Arab Spring

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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

In election 2012’s “foreign policy” debate, Iran came up no less than 47 times. Americans got virtually nothing substantial about Iran, while its (nonexistent) WMDs were hawked as the top U.S. national security issue. Now, with the campaign Sturm und Drang behind us but the threats still around, the question is: Can Obama 2.0 bridge the gap between current U.S. policy and Persian optics?

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The Washington Straitjacket

Dear President Obama: Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. I mean, do you ever think about how you ended up where you are?

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For the Record

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Palestine

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Peace on Earth

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The Cease-Fire

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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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Pinpoint Accuracy

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American Thanksgiving

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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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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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Many Lives

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Shameless Israel

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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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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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Control Panel Middle East

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Tweet War

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Israel Reruns

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Not Him Again

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Star of David Peace Maze

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Who Lost the World?

Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” But the question we should really ask is: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?

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Taliban Backlash

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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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Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

It seems that the first rule of the presidential debate club now is: no disagreeing on what matters most. Here are five critical questions that should be explored (even if all of us know that they won’t be) in the foreign policy-inclusive presidential debates scheduled for October 16th, and 22nd.

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