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The foreign policy
The U.S - Israel relationship arrives at a moment of reckoning - - An exclusive talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.
By Davi Rothroph


The Washington Post
Can Saudi Arabia help combat the Islamic State? - - Complicating Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in containing regional instability is the fact that generational change is slowly coming in the kingdom. The stakes for the United States in this leadership transition are large, and the outcome is hard to predict
By David Ignatius


The Foreign Policy
Found: the Islamic State's terror laptop of doom - - Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction
By Harold Doornbos & Jnan Moussa


The Daily Telegraph
To fight Isil we need a global coalition, says John Kerry - - The US secretary of state’s comments come as Saudi Arabia urged international action to fight terrorism
By Ruth Sherlock


Israel - Palestinians
The Washington Post
Israel proposes taking more West Bank land for Jewish settlers - - The Israeli government announced Sunday that it would appropriate almost 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank that could be used to build homes for Jewish settlers
By William Booth & Ruth Eglash

Opinions
The New York Times
Diplomat and worrier - - We need Richard Holbrooke's skill and resolve today
By Roger Cohen

Killing Field of Gaza
The Guardian
Israel says cost of Gaza conflict $2.5 bn. - - Education sector likely to be hardest hit as Binyamin Netanyahu seeks 2% cut to government spending to offset cost of Gaza war
By Peter Beaumont

Opinions
The New York Times
Stop dithering, confront ISIS - - No one is advocating an invasion, but we need a military strategy, and a far greater sense of urgency
By John McCain & Lindsey Graham

Analysis
The Washington Post
Can Saudi Arabia help combat the Islamic State? - - Complicating Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in containing regional instability is the fact that generational change is slowly coming in the kingdom. The stakes for the United States in this leadership transition are large, and the outcome is hard to predict
By David Ignatius

Analysis
The New Republic
AIPAC is in decline - but so are hopes for a two state solution - - will a falloff in support for AIPAC lead to a dramatic increase in support for groups like J Street? And will that lead the United States to forcefully intervene in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians?
By John B. Judis

Turkey
The Christian Science Monitor
Erdogan's first term as Turkish president: 4 things to watch for - - Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's first directly elected president, faces civil wars on his borders, a possible economic slowing, and accusations of authoritarianism
By Alexander Christie - Miller

Analysis
The Daily Telegraph
To fight Isil we need a global coalition, says John Kerry - - The US secretary of state’s comments come as Saudi Arabia urged international action to fight terrorism
By Ruth Sherlock

Opinions
The Washington Post
Could America accept another FDR? - - As fascism strengthened in 1939 and 1940, FDR took Americans� �war-weariness� as a challenge, not a final answer
By Fred Hiatt

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Why the world needs get ready for the next generation of slums - - The growth of slums is a bit like climate change: We know it's happening. We know it's important. But no one, so far, seems to have much of a response
By Prachi Vidwans

News Analysis
The New Republic
History's lesson for the Middle Est: When superpowers leave, stability dosn't follow - - When one looks to the historical record of western involvement in the modern Middle East, what one finds is not some sort of uncracked code but a tragic cycle: interference giving way to extrication, in which external powers attempt to cordon off the region so that history can do its work.
By John Bew

Killing Field of Gaza
The Daily Telegraph
Israel increases bombardment of Gaza as huge bombsdestroy buildings - - The Israeli army pledged to escalate their pounding of Gaza as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Palestinian civilians to vacate where militants operate
By Robert Tait

In Memoriam
The New York Times
Simin Behbahani, outspoken Iranian powt, dies at 87 - - Ms. Behbahani touched on sensitive topics in her poems, often upsetting Iranian authorities
By Douglas Martin

ISIS The Face of Evil
The Guardian
' Apocalyptic ' ISIS beyond we have seen, say U.S defence chiefs - - Senior Pentagon officials describe militants as ‘apocalyptic’ group that will need to be defeated but maintain limited strikes are sufficient
By Spencer Ackerman

IRAQ
The Guardian
Iraq mosque attack deirails effort to form government - - Strike that killed scores threatens efforts to form new government amid Isis advance, as US describes James Foley murder as terrorist attack
By Kevin Rawlinson

Opinions
The Washington Post
Will the U.S. fight for a Middle East where minorities can thrive - - Somewhere in the afterlife, Mullah Mustafa Barzani, the eagle of the Zagros Mountains, is smiling
By Jim Hoagland

News Analysis
The New York Times
U.S. general says riding Syria is key to halting ISIS - - Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was circumspect in describing the sort of broad effort that would be required to roll back ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
By Michael R. Gordon & Helene Cooper

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
No middle road - - As Arab governments become increasingly authoritarian, the region's middle classes will confront a choice: cast their lot with the ruling elites or stand up to the government and risk their social and economic standing.
By Tarek Osman

Opinions
The Washington Post
Permanent cease - fire may require Palestinian authority's - - Bringing it back to Gaza may help peace
By Samuel R. Berger & Stephen J. Hadley

Energy
The New Republic
All of the U.S.'s new electricity in july came from renewables - - That means zero percent from coal
By Rebecca Leber


Analysis
The foreign policy
The U.S - Israel relationship arrives at a moment of reckoning - - An exclusive talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.
By Davi Rothroph

Israel - Palestinians
The New York Times
Palestinian may push for deadline to end occupation - - The president of the Palestinian Authority may use the annual United Nations General Assembly to publicly demand an end date for Israel's occupation
By Rick Gladstone

Iran - Internal Affairs
The New York Post
Inside modern Iran, where porn & prostitution are rampant - - “The lies [people tell in Tehran] are, above all, a consequence of surviving in an oppressive regime,”
By Larry Getlen

Analysis
The New York Times
ISIS displays sophisticated command of varied midia - - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is using every contemporary mode of messaging to recruit fighters, intimidate enemies and promote its claim to have established a caliphate.
By Scott Shant & Ben Hubeard

Exclusive
The Foreign Policy
Found: the Islamic State's terror laptop of doom - - Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction
By Harold Doornbos & Jnan Moussa

Opinions
The Foreign Affirs
The Syrian Marshall plan - - Most people who look at war-torn Syria can�t help but see the tragedy. But some are starting to treat Syria as something else entirely: an investment opportunity
By Adam Heffez & Noam Raydan

Opinions
The Daily Telegraph
Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks - - Moscow says sanctions on Iran could be lifted thanks to international talks on the country's nuclear programme
By Reuters

Iran Negotiations
The Guardian
Iran says U.S. sanctions will hinder nuclear talks - - Foreign ministry warning follows US imposition of sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals
By Kevin Rawlinson & Agencies

News Analysis
The New York Times
Should the U.S. work with Assad to fight ISIS? - - Is the militant group such a threat to the United States that working with the despised Syrian dictator would be in the national interest?
By

Argument
The National Review
Immigration judge sues justice department for anti - Iranian discrimination - - Iranian-American judge believes Iranians are not white; claims Holder DOJ disciplined her for being a proud Persian
By Ryan Lovelace

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
America in decay - - The problems with American politics today stem from the basic design of U.S. political institutions, exacerbated by increasingly hostile polarization. Unfortunately, absent some sort of major external shock, the decay is likely to continue for the foreseeable future
By Francis Fukuyama

Israel & Human Rights
The Guardian
Ken Loach calls for cultural boycott of Israel - - The British film-maker wants an ‘absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state’ and has labelled the US a ‘bully’ at the Sarajevo film festival
By Catherine Shoard

News Analysis
The Washington Post
No time to lead from behind - - But narrowing your objectives doesn’t actually narrow your problems. And denial and delay may greatly complicate such problems
By Michael Gerson

ISIS - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
Isil besiege town amid fears of repeat massacre - - Hardline Islamists are surrounding the town of Amerli – sparking concern for the safety of the 18,000 Shia Turkmen residents, and fears of a repeat of the Mount Sinjar massacre
By Harriet Alexander

Investment for Future
The Washington Post
Rebuilding America, one bridge at a time - - This country needs to invest and grow again
By Flex G. Rohatyn & Peter C. Goldmark Jr.

Opinions
The Washington Post
Battling a new devil - - We are on the right course against the Islamic State
By David Ignatius

Opinions
The Foreign Policy
Nato's brave new world - - With crises brewing in Ukraine and the Middle East, the transatlantic alliance needs a shot of fresh energy
By James Stavridis

Syria
The Guardian
Syrian civil war death toll rises to more than 191,300, accoring to UN - - Human rights office says figure includes additional killings from earlier periods as well as deaths since last report in July 2013
By AP - Geneva

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Welcome to extremistan - - The threat and promise of the fracturing of the Middle East
By David Rothkipf

Energy
The New Republic
All of the U.S.'s new electricity in july came from renewables - - That means zero percent from coal
By Rebecca Leber



    
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