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Yemen.. A Fourth Arab Country Melts Down

FILE – Yemen’s then Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi waves as he enters a polling center in 2012. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of Hadi, who is now Yemen’s president.  By Barbara Slavin for THE VOICE OF AMERICA — Reports on Wednesday that the president of Yemen has fled his …

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Arabs and Secularism

   The Levant Exclusive – By Salam al Rabadi*   National independences must remain divides geographically only, not civilization’s divides that contain basic differences. And if there are lessons can be learned from historical developments in terms of the problematic relationship between religion and the state, in the forefront of these …

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Saudi Arabia Faces Challenges in the New Year

By Michael Nayebi-Oskoui for Stratfor – The Middle East is one of the most volatile regions in the world — it is no stranger to upheaval. The 2009 uprisings in Iran and the brinksmanship of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government were followed by the chaos of the Arab Spring, the spillover of …

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Why I Won’t Serve Israel

By MORIEL ROTHMAN-ZECHER for The New York Times – TEL AVIV — “WHAT are you,” he asked, “a leftist?” We were both wearing the surplus United States Marines uniforms given to prisoners at Israeli Military Jail No. 6. “It depends how you define ‘left,’ ” I said. “Don’t get clever …

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Iran’s shallow influence in Yemen

By Maysaa Shuja al-Deen – Translator: Pascale Menassa – Source: Al-monitor.com Ever since Sanaa fell into the hands of the Houthis on Sept. 21, 2014, Iranian officials have been rejoicing with their new victory in Yemen, which they consider a new land to spread their influence. The most popular statement …

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Suspicions are growing that the French shootings are a false flag operation

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Source: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ I do not know these sites or their credibility. I do know the mainstream media, and it has no credibility. New Twist: Charlie Hebdo Police Investigator Turns Up Dead, ‘Suicided’ http://sgtreport.com/2015/01/paris-siege-false-flag-analyzing-the-cop-shooting-footag http://zeeklytv.com/video/13910/SLOW-MOTION-FAKE-PARIS-SHOOTING-MISS-7-1-15-FRENCH-SATIRE-YT-banned-with-120000-views Considering the number of real journalists on war fronts, not …

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What is Political Islam

By Charles Hirschkind – published in MER205 – Over the last few decades, Islam has become a central point of reference for a wide range of political activities, arguments and opposition movements. The term “political Islam” has been adopted by many scholars in order to identify this seemingly unprecedented irruption …

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Arabs seem to have lost direction

THE LEVANT – By Sobhi Ghandour – Islam has once again taken centre stage in the western media, with headlines dominated by terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims. However, acts of terrorism committed by non-Muslims are just seen as violent crimes by individuals. The concept of “Islam and the West” in modern …

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Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?

THE LEVANT – By Hisham Melhem – President Obama’s letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is …

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The war on Daash – part 5 –

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Geoffrey Cook – Your author comes back to his larger project of his first chapter of a  monograph on the present War in the Middle East.  This book will be based on several symposia.   The specific one here was put together by the Center for …

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A Strange Tale About ISIL/ISIS

THE LEVANT – By Gordon Duff – Never has a group been more secretive, more “capable,” even to the point of violating physical laws. They have money when there is no money; they have fuel when there is no fuel. They get floods of new recruits when all borders are …

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“What Islam and Feminism Have in Common?”

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE -By Mohammed Zayed – From time to time, the international media report demonstrations organized by European feminism and right-wing movements against what they have called “oppression and patriarchy” by Muslim men outside mosques and Islamic centres, with slogans on their bare chests insulting Islam itself. Moreover, Egyptian …

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Where Did Pro-Palestine Supporters Go?

THE LEVANT – By Lukas Mikelionis – Another round of the never-ending battle is about to begin between Israel and Palestinians. A recent bloody tragedy stirred by Hamas caused a three-month state of emergency near the border of Gaza while IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will be using Apache attack helicopters to …

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ISIS, Terror And The Moral Hypocrisy Of The West

THE LEVANT – By Richard Silverstein – Over the past months, ISIS, which had been fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, changed tactics and swept east from Syria and conquered vast swaths of largely-Sunni territory in western Iraq.  In the process, it massacred thousands of Shiites, Kurds, Yazidis …

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From Gaza to Daash – part 2

THE LEVANT – By Geoffrey Cook – This Op-Ed is an extension of a long article that was published a few weeks ago on these pages.  It was an analysis of the recent the criminal incident against Gaza.  I rewrote the article considerably for a publication in the Middle East.  The …

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Why India’s Muslims Haven’t Radicalized

THE LEVANT – By Jake Flanagin – Though Muslims make up only 14.4 percent of India’s total population, the country maintains “the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million),”according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s a little more than 11 percent of the world’s total Muslim …

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From Gaza to DASH

THE LEVANT – By Geoffrey Cook – Jewish-American Civil Society has given your author insights into the Hebrew nation that he otherwise would not have. My premise has always been that you cannot successfully prevail over your opponent unless you understand his narrative, and, if reconciliation is ever to be …

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QSIS: Michelle Dunne

THE LEVANT -By Geoffrey Cook – Your reviewer is to continue his coverage of the Panel on violently the heretical radicalization (or Takfrization) of political Islam put together by the think tank, Islam and Democracy in this city (and Tunis). (The preferred acronym for the United States for the self-denominate “Caliphate,” …

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OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

THE LEVANT – By Emile Nakhleh – As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State’s advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani’s fate and the Islamic State’s territorial successes and defeats.   The crumbling …

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Crusaders and Zionists

THE LEVANT – By Uri Avnery – Lately, the words “Crusaders” and “Zionists” have been appearing more and more often as twins. In a documentary about the ISIS I just saw, they appeared together in almost every sentence uttered by the Islamist fighters, including teenagers. Some sixty years ago I …

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When Israeli denial of Palestinian existence becomes genocidal

THE LEVANT –  By Ilan Pappe for Electronic Intifada – In a regal interview he gave the Israeli press on the eve of the state’s ” Independence Day,” Shimon Peres, the current president of Israel, said the following: “I remember how it all began. The whole state of Israel is …

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