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How Venezuela Would Remove Its President

Stratfor Analysis — With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s term could come to an abrupt end. Both the opposition-controlled legislature and Maduro’s own party are calling for him to resign to deflect public anger from the government. According to Stratfor sources, the …

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Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

THE LEVANT NEWS —  by Ayesha Jalal, Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), $29.95. — Reviewed by Geoffrey Cook —   Madison (Wisc.)–With many contemporary books, I find myself merely skimming over the text.  (I think this comes from reading so much information over the …

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Saudi Troops into Syria: The “Gates of Hell” Will Be Open in the Coming Months.. Three Possible Scenarios

By Elijah J. Magnier for Global Research — There are three possible scenarios in Syria Participation of [Saudi] Arab troops  in Syria is not excluded. A high-ranking officer within the joint operations room in Damascus, which includes Russia, Iran and Syria and Hezbollah said, “ there are three possible scenarios in Syria: …

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Morocco hails Sweden’s U-turn on recognising Western Sahara

Morocco has praised Sweden’s decision not to recognise Western Sahara as an independent state, following months of diplomatic tensions over the Swedish stance on the disputed territory. “Sweden’s decision not to recognise the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic [SADR] complies with international law and is consistent with the UN-brokered political …

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Who Wants Change Any More?

The Levant News — By Graham E. Fuller — A renowned Arab religious scholar in the 14th century, ibn Taymiyya, is sometimes quoted as saying, Al-zulm afdal min al-fawda— “oppression is to be favored over anarchy.” Although ibn Taiymiyya was no establishment figure in his time, this perspective was welcomed …

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Keynote address by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at the 2nd West Asia Conference on “Ideology, Politics and New Security Challenges in West Asia”

THE LEVANT NEWS — Here is the Keynote address by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at the 2nd West Asia Conference on “Ideology, Politics and New Security Challenges in West Asia”, in New Delhi on Jan.19, 2016: “I thank the IDSA and Ambassador Jayant Prasad for inviting me …

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Will Saudi King Abdicate to Son?

Mohamed Bin Salman

The Levant News – By Ali AlAhmed for The Institute for Gulf Affairs – Washington DC  — Saudi King Salman Al-Saud plans to abdicate his throne and install his son Mohammed as king, multiple highly-placed sources told the Institute for Gulf Affairs. Mohamed bin Salman is the current deputy crown prince, …

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Royal Pain

The setback in relations with Iran is just one of Saudi Arabia’s many problems. By Matthew Philips for BLOOMBERG — THE LEVANT NEWS — The collapse in Saudi relations with Iran after the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric marks a grim start to the new year for Saudi Arabia’s …

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The Western Sahara conflict resurges after failure of the peace process

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE –By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara — The Western Sahara issue has resurged to the forefront after the European Court of Justice decided on Dec. 11, 2015 [http://www.wsj.com/articles/court-annuls-eu-trade-accord-with-morocco-cites-western-sahara-issue-1449768327] to cancel a trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Morocco. The Polisario Front [Popular …

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Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East THE LEVANT NEWS – By Martin Chulov for THE GUARDIAN — For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, …

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No sign of peace for Turkey’s Kurds after Erdogan victory

THE LEVANT NEWS — SILVAN, TURKEY:  BY AYLA JEAN YACKLEY for Reuters — The shepherd’s widow no longer asks God for peace. Like many Kurds in Turkey’s southeast, Sevgi Gezici, 22, believed President Tayyip Erdogan might relent in a clampdown against Kurdish militants after his party won back its majority in …

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Hezbollah vows to avenge Kuntar

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star –The killing of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus will likely trigger a Hezbollah retaliation against the Jewish state, security sources said Sunday, in a tit-for-tat development that could ignite hostilities in the volatile border …

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Xenophobia and Paranoia in Our Land

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Graham E. Fuller — It is depressing to witness the ongoing vitriolic voices of vituperation spewing out over the airwaves these days in what passes as “political debate,” especially in Republican circles. Depressing also to know that we still have nearly a year more to …

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Hizbullah and Al-Qaeda: Friends or foes?

NOTE: THIS IS ARTICLE HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN AUG 20, 2014 AND PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY STAR BUT THE SYRIAN WAR HAS PROVEN ITS APPROACH. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2004/Aug-20/93887-hizbullah-and-al-qaeda-friends-or-foes.ashx THE LEVANT NEWS — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – The final report of the Sept. 11 Commission in the US argued that Al-Qaeda had …

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Religious pluralism in Islam should be embraced

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem –-A love of God links many religions and sects. As Imam Mohamed Al-Baqir asked, “Is religion anything but love?” Except that the de facto Arab and Muslim reality today is missing the “love” that is the core of the relationship between God …

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