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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.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Muhammed Muheisen

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.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


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?

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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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Many Lives

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Shameless Israel

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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.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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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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.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Spring

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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.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

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War Power Abuse Makes Iran Conflict More Likely

A congressman, two retired military officials and a former deputy attorney general denounced President Barack Obama at a recent news conference for overstepping his authority in wartime and warned that unless war powers are restored to Congress the country could soon be involved in a battle with Iran and its allies.

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Middle East Suicide

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AP/Seth Wenig

Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

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Romney Unedited, GOP Lawmaker Loses It on TV, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a former president’s connection to the leaked video footage of Mitt Romney and an update on the controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania.

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Syria and Iraq

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So Much for Arab Spring…

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U.S. Army/Pfc. Ryan Hallgarth

Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Stuxnet-Like Virus Targets Middle East Banks

Digital security experts have discovered a new cyber-surveillance virus in the Middle East that can steal login and password information and spy on banking transactions, system configurations and other data.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Prime Minister Defects From ‘Terrorist, Murderous Regime’

As far as defections go, it’s hard to do better than the prime minister. Riad Hijab announced via spokesman that he has joined the opposition and that he and his family are hiding in a safe location.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil

The American public does not want still another war. Surely, that is clear even to the post-neoconservatives raising their heads again in Washington.

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