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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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The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War

THE LEVANT NEWS – By Reva Bhalla for STRATFOR — Editor’s Note: With the war in Syria showing no signs of abating, we republish our Jan. 21, 2014, weekly explaining the complex geopolitics of the conflict. International diplomats will gather Jan. 22 in the Swiss town of Montreux to hammer out …

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Quantum Geopolitics

Quantum Geopolitics THE LEVANT NEWS — By Reva Bhalla for Stratfor —  Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only create a picture, and a fuzzy one …

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Just what is Turkey up to?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller — Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it has also initiated air attacks …

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Regional Peace After the Iran Deal

BY Frederic Wehrey, Richard Sokolsky FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS — THE LEVANT NEWS — SUMMARY Now that a nuclear deal has been reached, the United States and its GCC allies need to focus on constructive engagement with Iran and a new and more inclusive Gulf security architecture. Well before the ink …

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Yemen War Continues From Aden to Sanaa

By Abayomi Azikiwe for Global Research — THE LEVANT NEWS — United Nations peace plan stalled amid escalation in ground offensive by U.S.-backed forces Reports are streaming out of Yemen saying that the anti-Ansurallah (Houthis) forces have initiated an offensive in the strategic southern port city of Aden. Fighters allied …

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Why Did the Middle East Fail?

 by Ambika  Vishwanath for The Leadership Review — The Middle East, in 2015, saw two important and transformative elections. In early March, Israel re-elected a right wing government that ran on a platform that was even more conservative than it had ever been. Whether we agree with the outcome is not important, …

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U.S. and Iran Reach Historic Nuclear Deal

The agreement, swapping sanctions relief for new limits on Tehran’s nuclear program, came after Washington bowed to Iranian demands to lift a U.N. arms embargo. BY DAN DE LUCE, COLUM LYNCH FOR FOREIGN POLICY — Iran and six world powers agreed to a historic deal Tuesday that will impose limits …

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Reversals in Vienna throw deal into doubt

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — Beirut Center for Middle East Studies– As journalists were preparing July 9 for the possible good news that a nuclear deal had been reached, three foreign ministers turned the situation upside down. “The last 100 meters of the marathon are the hardest,” said French …

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Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller — I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-talking-to-terrorists-is-the-only-way-to-defeat-them/2015/07/09/c94a83c8-266f-11e5-aae2-6c4f59b050aa_story.html I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment envelope—just enough to nudge along …

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“Jihadi” Activity In Social Media

  by Dr Marcin Styszynski* THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE –Jihadist propaganda became more sophisticated and it is very different between the years 2001 and 2011 when Al-Qaeda organization celebrated triumphs after the September 11thattacks.Jihadist media campaign focused on manifestos presented by leaders such as Osama bin laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Musab …

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