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The Brookins
An open letter to the Iranian negotiating team - - A blog about politics in Iran and policy toward Iran, written by Brookings experts
By Robert Einhorn


The Foreign Policy
Is Barak Obama more of a realist than I am? - - This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts
By Steven M. Walt


The National Review
A man of courage & ISIS's face of evil - - James Foley stared down a death cult.
By Tom Rogan


The Daily Telegraph
U.S. journalist James Foley ' beheaded by IS ' - - Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Intelligence agencies are trying to identify masked killer, who has a British accent, as Foley's mother says 'he was an extraordinary son' Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley
By Jessica Winch


Iran Negotiations
The Brookins
An open letter to the Iranian negotiating team - - A blog about politics in Iran and policy toward Iran, written by Brookings experts
By Robert Einhorn

Opinions
The New York Times
Will the end, will the means - - Some important questions have gone unanswered in the Syria blame game
By Thomas L. Friedman

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Is Barak Obama more of a realist than I am? - - This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts
By Steven M. Walt

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Dysfuntion junction - - American politics today are a mess, and since the distraction and paralysis of the world’s hegemon has such obvious global significance, we decided to turn our focus inward, exploring the sources and contours of the American malaise
By Gideon Rose & Jonathan Tepperman

ISIS - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
U.S. journalist James Foley ' beheaded by IS ' - - Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Intelligence agencies are trying to identify masked killer, who has a British accent, as Foley's mother says 'he was an extraordinary son' Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley
By Jessica Winch

Opinions
The New York Post
Obama's discrete answer to Iraq chaos - - Will the Obama administration’s military intervention in Iraq be “discreet” or “discrete”? That is, does it mean to keep a low profile to avoid offending anti-interventionism at home, or is...
By Amir Taheri

Gaza/ Rebuilding Cost
The Foreign Policy - -
How many tons of cement will it take to rebuild Gaza? - - In the ruins of the Strip, the devastation has spared no one
By David Kenner

Opinions
The National Review
Skilled immigration: Not all it's cracked up to be - - Would increasing high-skilled immigration really benefit the country?
By Mark Krikorian

Opinions
The Washington Post
The coming disintegration of Iraq - - Inside the legacy of Nouri al-Maliki
By Joel Rayburn

Killing Field of Gaza
The New York Times
In torn Gaza, if roof stands, it's now home - - With an estimated 11,000 homes destroyed and many more severely damaged, Gaza's housing and humanitarian troubles are just beginning
By Jodi Rudoren

Analysis
The New Republic
Why Britain created monarchies in the Middle East - - When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
By James Dawson

U.N. -- War Crimes
The Foreign Policy
Can a U.N war crimes investigation in Gaza do anything - - The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it?
By David Bosco

Israel
The Washington Post
No double standard for Israel - - Don’t set a double standard for Israel on norms of war
By Natan Sharansky

Golbal Issues
The New York Times
Kidneys for sale - - Facing the prospect of impossibly long waiting lists for organs, some have turned to an underground trade that pairs them with people willing to sell an organ
By Kevin Sack

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The Islamic state's weak spots - - The group may have overextended itself
By David Ignatius

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Is the Islamic state exterminating the language of Jesus? - - We may be watching the deliberate destruction of Aramaic, unfolding in real time
By Ross Perlin

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Boycotts & browbeating of Israel: What's changed since the last Gaza - - In contrast to the quieter international reaction after the last Gaza war in 2008-2009, more countries are suspending diplomatic ties, enacting arms embargoes, and openly criticizing Israel
By Max Schindler

Analysis
The MSN News
Iraq's Islamic fighters profit from oil sales: U.S. officials - - The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the militants, who took over state banks and looted homes and businesses, now have "hundreds of millions of dollars" at their disposal
By Mark Hoenball - Reuters

Analysis
The Daily Telegraph
Why Israel & Palestine are in constant conflict over Gaza - - Q&A What is happening in Gaza is the latest dispute in the Middle Eastern flashpoint. Here Damien McElroy explains the history of the conflict
By Damien McElroy

Egypt & Human Rights
The Washington Post
Cairo's crimes against humanity - - The Obama administration should hold the regime accountable for its bloody crackdown on dissent.
By Editorials


Afghanistan
The Washington Post
Fear rising as Afghan political deadline nears - -
By Pamala

Human Rights - World
The New York Times
Who will stand up for the Christians? - - People are getting killed because of their beliefs. Jews have a duty to speak up
By Ronald S. Lauder

Israel - Palestinians
The New Republic
Stop giving money to the U.N.'s relief agency for Palestinians - - It's the best hope for a Palestinian state
By Alexander Joffe & Asaf Romirowsky

ISIS The Face of Evil
The National Review
A man of courage & ISIS's face of evil - - James Foley stared down a death cult.
By Tom Rogan

Killing Field of Gaza
The Guardian
Hamas leader's wife & child reported killed as Gaza war resumes - - Israel targets Hamas-affiliated TV station as Hamas claims air strike was attempted assassination of Mohammed Deif
By Harriet Sherwood & Patrick Kingsley

Analysis
The New York Times
Ambivalence about America - - Even as Europeans rage at the United States, they love its products.
By Roger Cohen

IRAQ
The Foreign Affairs
Meet the new boss - - Haider al-Abadi, selected to be Iraq’s new prime minister, is already being hailed as a potential savior for his country. But the system of power sharing that resulted in his appointment is part of the reason that Iraq’s politics are so turbulent in the first place
By Kevin Russell

Latest News
The Guardian
Picketers at California port keep Israeli ship from unloading - - Activists returning for a second day to protest recent violence in Gaza say dockworkers are honoring picket line
By Rebecca Bowe

Health & Science
The New York Times
New drug helps some bald patients regrew hair - - The drug, which suppresses immune system activity, showed significant results for several sufferers of the autoimmune disease alopecia areata
By Pam Belluck

News Analysis
The Daily Telegraph
If we have to work with Iran to defeat Islamic State so be it - - As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option
By Malcom Refkind

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Friends with benefits - - The United Arab Emirates has recently said and done all the right things to prove that it wants a stronger partnership with NATO. It is clear what NATO might want from the deal: help combating terrorism, funding military operations, and protecting regional sea-lanes, energy supply routes, and cybernetworks. It is less clear, however, what the UAE hopes to gain.
By Bilal Y. Saab

Iran & Human Rights
The Christian Science Monitor
Presidential praise for Iranian math priz winner ( with & without head scarf ) - - Mathematics has long had a pervasive gender imbalance, but Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani's win may show a shifting balance.
By Ludia Tomkiw

News Analysis
The New York Times
Iraq's last chance - - After spending more than $1 trillion and losing some 4,500 soldiers’ lives, American politicians cannot dare reveal a dirty little secret: Iraq has since 2003 devolved into a combination of Lebanon and Nigeria — a toxic brew of sectarian politics and oil-fueled kleptocracy
By Ali Khedery

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The elusive moderates of Middle East - - America’s naive fantasy about the Middle East.
By Fareed Zakaria

Israel & Human Rights
The New York Times
Israel braces for war crimes inquiries on Gaza - - The broader struggle will be over what some experts describe as Israel’s “creative” interpretation of international law for dealing with asymmetric warfare in an urban environment.
By Isabel Kershner

Argument
The Foreign Policy
Iraq's city of orphans - - The world came to the rescue of the refugees on Mount Sinjar -- so why does it continue to ignore thousands more Iraqi minorities who face imminent threat of extermination by jihadists?
By Michael Knights

Latest News
The Daily Telegraph
At least 300 people, mostly children, died on mount Sinjar, says doctors - - Exclusive: Doctors of Nawrouz refugee camp have listed 300 names of people - mostly children - who died on Mount Sinjar
By Ruth Sherlock & Carol Malouf

Israel & Human Rights
The Guardian
Israel bans national service with Human Rights group B 'Tselem in Gaza row - - Young barred from serving in organisation as alternative to military service after it is accused of 'incitement against IDF'
By Oranda Crowcroft

Iran & Human Rights
The Washington Post
Iran shuld free my son - - Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been held on unspecified charges for three weeks.
By Mary Breme Rezaian

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
U.S. attempts to build coalition of the willing for Iraq -- Obama and members of his cabinet, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have been holding a flurry of phone calls and visits to drum up support for help in Iraq, not only for the humanitarian mission but, more quietly, for the military's lethal one
By Gordon Lubold, John Hudson & David Francis



    
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