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The Foreign Affairs
A strategy for peace in the Middle East - - Peace, like a tree, is a process of growth; it demands great patience, continuous nurturing and the surmounting of many obstacles
By Shimon Peres


The New York Times
What does immigration actually cost us ? - - A new report tries to answer basic questions about a sore spot between Clinton and Trump, but the left and the right have drawn their own conclusions
By Thomas B. Edsall


The Foreign Policy
Can Israel peace movement survive the loss of Shimon Peres ? - - As the world pays tribute to the former Israeli prime minister, some in the country worry that the two-state solution may have died with him
By Debra Kamin


The Guardian
Removal of the heart - how Islam became a matter of state in Iran - - Some academics argue the Safavid Shahs gave Iranian Shiism a rule-fixation and abandonment of spirituality it has never lost
By Tehran Bureau


The Economist
Why wine is integral to Persian culture - - in January, the government banned the printing of the word “wine” in all books as it deemed the beverage an element of a “Western cultural onslaught”. Yet suggesting that drinking is a quasi-blasphemous act obfuscates the fact that alcohol—and wine in particular—has been an inextricable part of Iranian culture and identity for millennia
By Amir Taheri


The Foreign Policy
We do not need Americas support - - Iraq's Shiite militias are gearing up to retake the Islamic State's last major city in Iraq, with Tehran's backing — and despite Washington's opposition
By Sulome Anderson


The Christian Science Monitor
Making of a - martyr - why would a young Iranian fight a die in Syria - -

Almost a year ago, a 20-year-old Iranian's quest for martyrdom was realized in Syria, in battle with the so-called Islamic State. Today Iran trumpets his sacrifice as proof of passing the ideological torch to a new generation


By Scott Peterson


The Christian Science Monitor
Shimon Peres, Pragmatest and visionary who embodied Israels saga - -

In different phases of his life, Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, sought to prepare Israel for both war and peace.


By Joshua Mitnick


           
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Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
A strategy for peace in the Middle East - - Peace, like a tree, is a process of growth; it demands great patience, continuous nurturing and the surmounting of many obstacles
By Shimon Peres

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Can Israel peace movement survive the loss of Shimon Peres ? - - As the world pays tribute to the former Israeli prime minister, some in the country worry that the two-state solution may have died with him
By Debra Kamin

Iran - Cultural Affairs
The Economist
Why wine is integral to Persian culture - - in January, the government banned the printing of the word “wine” in all books as it deemed the beverage an element of a “Western cultural onslaught”. Yet suggesting that drinking is a quasi-blasphemous act obfuscates the fact that alcohol—and wine in particular—has been an inextricable part of Iranian culture and identity for millennia
By Amir Taheri

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Making of a - martyr - why would a young Iranian fight a die in Syria - -

Almost a year ago, a 20-year-old Iranian's quest for martyrdom was realized in Syria, in battle with the so-called Islamic State. Today Iran trumpets his sacrifice as proof of passing the ideological torch to a new generation


By Scott Peterson

IRAN
The Guardian
Tehran Towers -- How the Iranian capital embraced bold architecture - - Despite its rich history of boundary-pushing designs, Tehran’s architecture scene had lain largely dormant since the 1979 revolution – until now
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Why are we sure Hillary will be a hawk ? - -
By Stephen M. Walt

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Shark tank in Gaza - - The Future of Palestinian Entrepreneurship
By Adam Heffez

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Justice delayed - - Why International Law Still Matters
By Michael Byers

Iran & Human Rights
The Washington Post
Egypt, Iran still need freedom - - America should push the two countries on human rights, even if it annoys their leaders
By David Ignatius

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Risk and reward - - How to Unlock Refugees' Potential
By Manal Omar & Elie Abouaoun

Iran - Internal Affairs
The Christian Science Monitor
Can Iran hard - liners make Rouhani a one - term president - - Rouhani’s opponents – who see him as a threat to many of their interests – are targeting a struggling economy and the nuclear deal in bid to unseat him in 2017
By Scott Peterson

Analysis
The News York Times
Iran must stop meddling in Arab affairs - - We Lebanese are all too familiar with the sectarian hatred and terrorism Iran and its allies are capable of inflicting
By Saad Hariri

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Israel accepts a day in court - -
By David Bosco

Iran - Hardliners
The Christian Science
Persian Gulf incidents spike, sending message from Iran hardliners - -

Threatening encounters between the US and Iran have risen recently in the Persian Gulf, with at least 32 reported so far this year, compared with 23 in all of 2015


By Scott Peterson

Venezuela
The New York Times
How bad off is oil - rich Venezuela -- it is buying U.S. oil - - Oil accounts for half the governments revenues, but profits have evaporated amid a drop in global prices, forcing Venezuela to seek help from a nemesis: the United States
By Nicholas Casey & Clifford Keauss

Israel - Palestinians
The Foreign Policy
Israel declares war on Gazas NGOs - - An ongoing crackdown on international organizations is paving the way for the next armed conflict with Hamas
By Gregg Carlstrom

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
The refugee crisis is real - - Which is why we so desperately need a global deal to bolster a broken system. And if the United Nations won’t do it, the United States must.
By David Miliband & Madelene Albright

Colombia
The New York Times
Colombias leader says peace deal rests on peoples ability to forgive - - President Juan Manuel Santos cited challenges still to come ahead of a referendum on a deal that would end Latin America's last major guerrilla conflict
By Somini Singupta

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Once a rock star at U.N, Obama now faces a skeptical world - -

President Obama gives his last speech to the UN general assembly Tuesday. As president, he has dramatically changed foreign policy. But allies aren't yet convinced that's a good thing


By Howard LaFranchi

News Analysis
The New York Times
Obama, keen to push Israel - Palestinian peace will meet with Netanyahu - - Aides said he was expected to review his diplomatic achievements at his last visit to the United Nations, and he might press Israel's leader to move toward reconciliation
By Mark Landler & Peter Baker


Analysis
The New York Times
What does immigration actually cost us ? - - A new report tries to answer basic questions about a sore spot between Clinton and Trump, but the left and the right have drawn their own conclusions
By Thomas B. Edsall

Analysis
The Guardian
Removal of the heart - how Islam became a matter of state in Iran - - Some academics argue the Safavid Shahs gave Iranian Shiism a rule-fixation and abandonment of spirituality it has never lost
By Tehran Bureau

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
We do not need Americas support - - Iraq's Shiite militias are gearing up to retake the Islamic State's last major city in Iraq, with Tehran's backing — and despite Washington's opposition
By Sulome Anderson

Israel
The Christian Science Monitor
Shimon Peres, Pragmatest and visionary who embodied Israels saga - -

In different phases of his life, Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, sought to prepare Israel for both war and peace.


By Joshua Mitnick

Human Rights
The Washington Post
I did not deserve this horrible life - detained Iranian cartoonist speakes out - - ON SATURDAY evening, in Durham, N.C., the artist Eaten Fish received the 2016 Courage in Cartooning Award, in a ceremony at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention
By Michael Cavina

News Analysis
The New York Times
How Hillary Clinton wentfrom hesitant to scorching - - Mrs. Clinton, with some help from the moderator, Lester Holt, found her footing during the second half and attacked Mr. Trump on his treatment of women
By Patrick Healy & Johnathan Martin

IRAN
The New York Times
$12 million Iranian Embassy is empty, but the U.S. cuts the grass - - The $12 million compound, once a playground for the Iranian ambassador and guests like Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol and Richard M. Nixon, now sits empty on Washington’s Embassy Row
By Nicholas Fandos

Refugees - U.S.
The New York Times
Americas duty to take in refugees - - With 65 million displaced people, we must become a new Ellis Island
By Scott Arbeter

Afghanistan
The New York Times
Afghanistan signs draft peace deal with faction led by Gulbuddin Heckmatyar - - The faction, Hezb-i-Islami, agreed to cease hostilities in exchange for government recognition and support for removing sanctions against its leader
By Rod Nordland

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
The perils of a post - ISIS Iraq - - In Kirkuk, the extremist group's defeat risks rekindling old ethnic and religious conflicts — unless cooler heads prevail.
By Joost Hiltermann

Iran - Water Problem
The Guardian
I am Lake Urmia - a social Media campaign Lake Urmia’s grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water
By Shirin Hakim & Kaveh Madani

IRAN
The New York Times
U.S. allows Boeing and Airbus to sell planes to Iran - - The green light will allow Iran, a country desperately in need of hundreds of new aircraft, to begin replacing its aging fleet of aircraft
By Thomas Erdbrink & Nicola Clark

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
ISIS virtual puppeteers - - How They Recruit and Train - Lone Wolves -
By Bridget Moreng

American Election
The New York Times
Sheldon Adelson focuses on congressional races, despite Donald Trumps pleas - - Mr. Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, donated $40 million to Republicans in House and Senate races, with only $5 million going to Mr. Trump's campaign
By Nicholas Confessore & Maggie Haberman

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
How to fix broken politics - - Tepperman examines ten places all over the world where governments have faced seemingly intractable problems and managed to solve them
By A conversation with Jonathan Tepperman

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
The politics of U.S - trade - - Third in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores how much is left out of the national conversation about trade
By Staff

Health
The New York Times
Five - second rule for food on floor is untrue, study finds - - Researchers concluded that no matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it
By Christopher Mele

Commentary
The Foreign Affairs
Preserving strategy for the new administration - - A Defense Strategy for the New Administration
By Mac Thornberry & Andrew F. Krepinevich

Iran & Human Rights
The Guardian
Iran sentences U.S. resident to 10 years in jail over spying claims - - Nizar Zakka, a campaigner for internet freedom, was held in Iran after being invited to a conference
By AP

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
The return of Europes nation - states - - The Upside to the EU’s Crisis
By Jakub Grygiel



    
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