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Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

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Dick Cheney-Approved

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Syrian Rebels Welcome U.S. Airstrikes on ISIL Terrorists

Arab online newspaper Elaph reports that rebels in East Aleppo, Syria, are deeply divided over the prospect of President Obama ordering U.S. airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State.

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt’s bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies.

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Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political

There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

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AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Hamas Rockets Strike the Heart of Israel, but Death Toll Illustrates Israel’s Military Advantage

Israel continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as militant Palestinian rockets landed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of the twenty-three people killed, all were Palestinian.

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Erdogan Turns Off Twitter

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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

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AP/Sebastian Scheiner

Israeli Home Construction Could ‘Destroy the Peace Process’

Israel has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in existing settlements on territory that was seized from the Palestinians, Reuters reports.

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Syrian Government Won’t Be Able to Conceal Chemical Use

According to scientists, evidence of the use of sarin, a nerve agent that originated as an insecticide but is now deployed in chemical warfare, can be detected years after an attack. Thus, no matter how much Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied his use of chemical weapons, experts would be able to find proof if he had launched such an assault.

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Mideast Traffic Cop

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Iranian President Appoints Woman to Cabinet

The Middle Eastern country’s new leader, Hasan Rowhani, has named law professor Elham Aminzadeh to the influential position of vice president of legal affairs. Aminzadeh earned a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Glasgow and has served in the Iranian parliament.

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

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Sate Department

Mideast Negotiators Hope to Broker Peace in the Time It Takes to Make a Baby

Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators have given themselves a nine-month deadline to reach a deal.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Palestinian Protesters

Two teenagers were hospitalized Monday after Israeli soldiers tried to end a Palestinian demonstration near Bethlehem by firing on the crowd, The New York Times reports.

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Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Syrian Violence

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All Clear

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Needs

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Star of David Peace Maze

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Taliban Backlash

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AP / Seth Wenig

Palestine Vote Showcases the Decline of American Power

It is often the little things that trip up empires and send them spiraling into geopolitical feebleness.

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

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‘Three Myths’ of Israeli History

Miko Peled, peace activist and son of a well-known Israeli general, talks about his new book, “The General’s Son,” and what he calls the “three myths” of Israeli history.

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Two-State Solution

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The Overthinker

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mideast and the Midwest

More strife in Libya, the Wisconsin Assembly passes a bill barring collective bargaining rights, the death of DOMA and a budget standoff in Washington. Buckle in for “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


‘It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth’

In the documentary “Budrus,” Palestinians of all stripes and Israelis work together to save a village from Israel’s security barrier.

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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

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AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

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Flickr / Steve Slep (CC-BY)

Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

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Mental State of Their Own

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White House / Pete Souza

Mideast Peace Talks Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could implode before they even get off the ground. Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell will have their chaperoning cut out for them, with the PA threatening to withdraw if Israel resumes settlement construction and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing a plan to do just that.

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

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Builder Bibi Won’t Budge on East Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again rejected calls to stop construction of Jewish housing in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians hope to make their capital.

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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Could Get Much Worse if Tolerated

God’s specific instruction to the Jewish people to reoccupy Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank stands in the way of peace, but President Obama must get results—and fast—before the situation deteriorates.

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Flickr / Whewes

Forget Religion, Settlers See a Bargain

Roughly 2.4 percent of the Israeli population has managed to hijack the peace process by moving into settlements in Palestinian territory. So what drives these people? It may have less to do with religion and more to do with the low cost of living on occupied land.

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Peace Process

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Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Netanyahu Backs Settlement Expansion

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet he would not oppose the “natural growth” of settlements, saying, “There is no way that we are going to tell people not to have children or to force young people to move away from their families.” Israeli settlements are widely seen as a hindrance to the peace process.

Posted on May 24, 2009 READ MORE


Jerusalem
state.gov

That’s Why They Call It Diplomacy

The chances of peace in the Middle East over the next four to eight years have something to do with what Hillary Clinton is able to achieve there. We’re getting a first glimpse this week, as Clinton makes overtures to Syria, Iran and the Palestinians while trying not to threaten Israel’s BFF status.

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Hungry Hungry Hillary

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AP photo / Sebastian Scheiner

With Gaza, Journalists Fail Again

The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


George Mitchell
senate.gov

Pursuing Peace in the Middle East, Obama Style

President Obama didn’t wait long to tackle one of the most intractable items in his in box: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On a whirlwind Thursday, Obama spoke to leaders in the region (minus Hamas), called for an end to the Gaza blockade and appointed George Mitchell (above), the man who brokered a truce in Northern Ireland, as Mideast envoy.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Rina Castelnuovo, pool

Obama Will Back Israel

The president-elect has struggled to stay out of the Gaza fight, but based on everything he said during the campaign, he appears determined to stand up for Israel.

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The Last Israeli and the Last Palestinian Meet

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Middle Eastern Vultures

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Flickr / Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

The ‘Blood Pipeline’ Test

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy recalls the mathematician whose dutiful students drew up plans for a “blood pipeline” without questioning why it should be built. With Gaza, he warns, Israel faces such a test and “when the time comes for reckoning, we will need to remember the damage this war did to Israel.”

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Blind

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Gaza Coverage

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