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10 Best Museums List — Trip Advisor

The Levant- -Twenty-five winners were selected from among 591 museums worldwide, TripAdvisor said. The Metropolitan Museum in New York City took first place. Other museums in the top 10 are the Orsay in Paris, Art Institute of Chicago, the Prado of Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum …

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Wikileaks: American Plan In 2006 To Destabilize Syria

The Levant News — Here is a Wikileaks document shows that the US has planned to destabilize Syria since 2006: INFLUENCING THE SARG IN THE END OF 2006 Date:2006 December 13, 16:03 (Wednesday) Canonical ID:06DAMASCUS5399_a Original Classification:SECRET Current Classification:SECRET Handling Restrictions– Not Assigned — Character Count:14471 Executive Order:– Not Assigned …

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U.S., Russia: The Case for Bilateral Talks

THE LEVANT NEWS — Stratfor Analysis –Phone calls between relatively low-level diplomats are normally not newsworthy. But Monday’s conversation between U.S. Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on the simmering conflict in Ukraine is an exception. The bilateral nature of the conversation and its …

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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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Why Muslims Kill: An Inside Look at Abdulazeez

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Farhana Qazi — On Thursday, when a young American Muslim man killed four U.S. Marines and wounded three others in Tennessee, the spotlight was on again. Muslim scholars, terrorism experts, community members, and ordinary citizens were forced to answer the opt-repeated question: Why did this …

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Zarif after deal: ‘The world has changed’

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: On the famous balcony in Palais Coburg, Al-Monitor spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a few hours after he, along with EU special representative Federica Mogherini, had announced the historic deal concluding a 13-year standoff over Iran’s …

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Obama’s official announcement re Iran’s deal

THE LEVANT NEWS — Here is the full text of President Barak Obama speech regarding Iran’s deal: “Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States — together with our international partners — has achieved what decades of animosity has not: A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran …

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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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US, UAE launch anti-ISIS online messaging center in Abu Dhabi

by Adam Schreck for Associated Press — DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The U.S. and Emirati governments launched a new Mideast digital communications center Wednesday focused on using social media to counter ISIS’ propaganda efforts online. ISIS supporters have deftly harnessed social media to spread the group’s slickly produced Hollywood-style film …

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Gay Marriage and Western Muslims

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com–  Human sexuality has always been a deeply controversial social issue in all societies. So is religion. Put them together and you have a powerful emotional brew. The US Supreme Court ruling this week legalizing gay marriage poses a new challenge …

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Dangers of a Declining Global Power

By Graham E. Fuller* – Source: grahamefuller.com — Much has been written about the dangers and challenges posed by China as a rising global power. Indeed, historians speak of generic tensions between rising powers and status quo powers that have often led to war. But instability takes at least two …

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