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Netanyahu Compares ISIS to Hamas: A Mysterious Equation

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Earlier today the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel tweeted a visual message comparing ISIS (the Islamic State) to Hamas with an accompanying screenshot from the video of American photojournalist James Foley’s gruesome execution. The ... Read More


Iran

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A Ministerial Impeachment in Tehran

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi The photo of hard-line Iranian MP Hamid Rasai said it all. After 145 members of the Parliament (out of 290) voted to remove the minister of sciences, research and technology, Reza Faraji-Dana, Rasai ... Read More


Analysis

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Israeli Democracy Evaporates While Gaza Burns

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick At what point is it legitimate and even necessary to dismiss the will of the people in the interest of peace and justice? This is a vexing question when it comes to Israel. ... Read More


EU

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MH17: Still Waiting for Evidence

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison When flight MH17 was hit with a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, US officials immediately blamed pro-Russian separatists for bringing the plane down. Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence ... Read More


Afghanistan

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Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Wrong Wars

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by James Russell

by James A. Russell The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley adds a particularly gruesome and tragic twist to the sports event-like reporting of our attempts to thwart the advances of the Islamic State in ... Read More


Russia

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Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Guest

by Robert Bensh Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based ... Read More


Iraq

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Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy — even from his former secretary of state — President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq ... Read More


Analysis

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Maliki is Gone: Now What?

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter Nouri al-Maliki is no longer Iraq’s prime minister, but his departure does not mean that Iraq’s problems will be resolved easily or soon. A basic change must first occur in Iraq’s domestic politics, the power ... Read More


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