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The Roots of Migrant Crisis

The Levant News — You’ve no doubt seen or heard the stories by now: Thousands of migrants, seeking refuge from conflicts, oppression and poverty in many parts of the world, paying smugglers and often meeting a tragic end at sea. Refugee crises have emerged in places as far-flung as Southeast Asia …

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“Hüngür Hüngür Ağlıyorum”

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller –That’s a refrain from a old Turkish folksong—“Bitterly I weep.” It commemorates a bloody turning point at Sakarya against Greek invaders back in 1921. But the words couldn’t more readily apply now to the unprecented and outrageous bombing attacks in Ankara last …

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The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved

The Levant News —  The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a …

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We Hate ‘Em All!

The Levant News– With the arrival of Russian forces on the scene the Syrian situation has now grown unbearably complicated. Among the totality of players on the scene, Washington hates them all. The US has long detested Asad father and son; for years it has attempted to weaken and even dislodge …

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A silver lining of the war on ISIS

The Levant News – New York By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz– In the international war on ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a hidden silver lining is emerging: serious self-criticism within Muslim society and growing convergence of opinion of world leaders on ISIS. Regrettably, these two recent developments are not serious enough …

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The Value of Reading Propaganda

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller — All countries do it—promoting their own societies in ideal terms in order to influence others. The US devotes a huge amount of time and money to selling its self-image and a view of the world as seen through American eyes—and perhaps …

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Putin: Friend or Foe in Syria?

The Levant News — By Patrick J. Buchanan — What Vladimir Putin is up to in Syria makes far more sense than what Barack Obama and John Kerry appear to be up to in Syria. The Russians are flying transports bringing tanks and troops to an air base near the …

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Our Children Are Terrorists

The Levant News — by Mansour Alnogaidan –Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with officials from the prisons system of the General Investigations Directorate in the Saudi province of Qaseem. An appalling number of children, between the ages of 15 and 19, are now behind bars there. …

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People Will Continue Making A Film No Matter What It Takes – Red Rock Film Festival

Written by Diana Kasem THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – – The Red Rock Film Festival supports independent cinema with a variety of genres, from westerns, adventure sports, docs and international dramatic features. The annual international Red Rock Film Festival has a mission to encourage “film that portrays the human race …

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IN A LAND OF DECAY

The Levant News – by Farhana Qazi — Burma Town, Jamaat-e-Islami, sugarcane cubes, Islamabad, jihad, Indus River, clementine, Himalayas, young brides, tandoori chicken, militants & God’s will. Burma Town is located on the outskirts of Pakistan’s neat and newly organized city of Islamabad. This week’s rain has damaged the already …

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The Pilgrimage(Hajj): The Fifth Pillar of Islam

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj) Play article audioDownload audio Description: The merits and various rites performed in Hajj, the fifth of the five obligatory fundamental Muslim practices. By Imam Kamil Mufti Published on 13 Feb 2006 – Last modified on 04 Jan 2015 Viewed: 176309 (daily average: …

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Syrian Abandoned Villages

The Levant News – –  “We barely managed to escape with our lives when IS attacked in the middle of the night.  Shells fell like rain. We rushed to put on our clothes and we fled the town amid clashes.” Said Abu Sami who was sitting  in front of his tent in the periphery …

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The Battle Of Sanaa

The Levant News — Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are preparing for a major offensive to take Yemen’s capital. If the battle becomes a house-to-house urban clash, it will have disastrous humanitarian consequences, Bruce Riedel wrote for AlMonitor. Riedel is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst and counter-terrorism expert, …

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Why have the killers of Sabra and Shatila escaped justice?

The Levant News – By: Zeina Azzam — One of Israel’s most infamous crimes occurred 33 years ago this week. In September 1982, the Israeli army surrounded the Sabra neighborhood and adjacent Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut. Israel gave its allies in a right-wing Christian militia known as the …

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ISIS Wrath On India

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — By Munib Shabir — ISIS is the most predominant jihadist group on the face of planet earth currently on the go in Iraq and Syria. This Jihadist group, like none other, has emerged to take over the whole world with bigger plans. The whole ISIS …

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The Russians are Coming!

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller — Washington has been wrapped in confusion and indecision for years now in trying to sort out just what its real objectives are in Syria. Its obsessive, and ultimately failed goal of denying Iran influence in the Middle East has notably receded …

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Refugees and Responsibilities

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller  — The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant tragedies tend to be statistics rather …

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Shias in Palestine: A Foothold of Iran?

THE LEVANT NEW – By: Labib Taha*– Shias is one of the major sects in Islam; their name emerged in the first years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Although Shias and Sunnis sects comply with Islam in general, the disparity between both sides has its aspects in political, …

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China targeted by ISIS

As the Western US lead coalition allies are dragging their feet trying to curb ISIS operations in the Middle East, it seems that the coveted “boots on the ground” could eventually come from the east – where China faces a growing ISIS-inspired subversive activity in the strategic Xinjiang province. Shown …

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Rays of Light in the Middle East?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller —  It is risky to try to discern longer range trends in the Middle East based on a few short term developments. Nonetheless, I can’t resist finding some small shards for cautious optimism in the events of the past few weeks. -Syria: …

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Israel: The Case Against Attacking Iran

The Levant News — By George Friedman On Aug. 21, Israeli Channel 2 Television aired a recording of Ehud Barak, Israel’s former defense minister and former prime minister, saying that on three separate occasions, Israel had planned to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities but canceled the attacks. According to Barak, in …

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ISIS:The marketing of Apocalypse

THE LEVANT NEWS — Autore: Bruno Ballardini Titolo: ISIS:The marketing of Apocalypse Editore: Baldini & Castoldi, Milano, Italia   Una breve recensione —   Fin dal giugno del 2014 i nostri talk show non hanno parlato di nient’altro che dei lupi solitari che colpivano il cuore dell’Europa e dei video delle brutali esecuzioni …

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ISIS: The marketing of Apocalypse.. A short review

THE LEVANT NEWS — Author: Bruno Ballardini Title: ISIS:The marketing of Apocalypse Publisher: Baldini & Castoldi, Milano, Italy   Since June 2014, our talk shows have concerned nothing but lone wolves slaughtering the heart of Europe and the videos of the brutal executions carried out in Middle East by IS’s militants. The Western …

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Hamas caught between Tehran and Riyadh

by Ali Hashem  – THE LEVANT NEWS — Who wants to be in Hamas’ shoes? Probably no one in the greater Middle East, where the Palestinian group is trapped between two major blocs who used to have much in common prior to the Arab Spring.  On one side there’s the ideological …

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Bringing Turkey’s Border Strategy Into Focus

Beirut Center For Middle East Studies — Source: Stratfor Analysis Summary Satellite images taken at the Turkey-Syria border corroborate what Stratfor predicted weeks ago: that Turkey, now partnered with the United States, will strike at Islamic State-controlled territory adjacent to the Turkish border. The Turks reportedly began to reinforce their southern border …

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How Iran should approach the GCC

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor — Two years ago, Hassan Rouhani was elected president on his promise of constructive engagement with the world, including Iran’s Arab neighbors. After winning the vote, Rouhani told an Al Jazeera reporter, “Our priority is improving our relationship with our neighbors. The states of the Persian Gulf are not …

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