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Middle East

  1. foreign interests
    Are the U.S. and Iran Inching Toward War?What pundits, analysts, and experts are saying about the dangerous escalating conflict between the U.S. and Iran-backed militant groups.
  2. the money game
    Why Gas Is Getting Cheaper Despite the Worst Middle Eastern War in a DecadeGeopolitical conflict is only one part of the equation that makes up the price of oil.
  3. what we know
    Israel Pulverizing Gaza By Air After Hamas Attack: Live UpdatesPresident Biden called Saturday’s Hamas attack “an act of sheer evil” and vowed to send even more aid to Israel.
  4. foreign interests
    Saudi Arabia and Iran’s China-Brokered Détente Doesn’t Upend Mideast PoliticsThe deal may complicate foreign policy in the region, but it doesn’t mark a changing of the guard from the U.S. to China.
  5. middle east
    John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Will Explain the Middle East to You NowWhy Donald Trump’s goons may never go away.
  6. foreign interests
    America’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan Was Destined for DisasterBiden is choosing to act decisively rather than avoid the bad optics of bringing this two-decade military misadventure to an end.
  7. foreign interests
    This Week May Be Biden’s Last Chance to Revive the Iran DealThe U.S and Iran are at odds over who should make the first move. Indirect talks in Vienna this week will aim to bridge that gap.
  8. foreign interests
    What Were the Legal (and Strategic) Grounds for Biden’s Syria Airstrikes?The long-term impact on Biden’s Iran strategy may be more consequential than the strikes’ contested legality.
  9. international affairs
    The More Complicated Crisis Biden Will Inherit With IranThe president-elect is determined to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but opponents of the agreement are doing their best to sabotage him.
  10. foreign interests
    Trump’s ‘Peace’ Deal Doesn’t Make Mideast Conflict Any Less LikelyThe Abraham Accords serve Trump and Netanyahu’s political interests, but abandoning Palestinians and amplifying pressure on Iran are both risky steps.
  11. international affairs
    Why the Israel-UAE Deal Is More About Iran Than PeaceThe historic agreement shows that for Arab states, the cold war against Iran now trumps the Palestinian cause.
  12. international affairs
    Could War With Iran Be an October Surprise?A series of mysterious explosions and alleged Israeli sabotage operations could soon open the door to a broader conflict.
  13. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Is the Last Thing the Middle East Needs Right NowYears of conflict, an intensifying refugee crisis, and often inadequate health systems have left the region especially vulnerable.
  14. middle east
    Kushner Can Solve Israel-Palestine Conflict Because He’s ‘Read 25 Books on It’That’s a lot of reading for the Trump administration, though not quite enough for his 80-page plan to make it past peer review.
  15. middle east
    Kushner: Palestine May ‘Screw Up’ Peace Plan Like Every Deal ‘They’ve Ever Had’“They’re going to screw up another opportunity like they’ve screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve ever had in their existence.”
  16. world view
    Trump’s Middle East Plan Is About Exerting Power, Not Achieving PeaceThe conflict is now shaped by the worldview of Trump and his allies — and a two-state solution may be off the table for good.
  17. the national interest
    Joe Lieberman Is Sad Democrats Won’t Support Trump’s Iran WarLieberman believes Congress should always support the president’s foreign policy, unless the president is a Democrat.
  18. the national interest
    Trump’s One Foreign-Policy Idea Is to Make America More Like Its EnemiesThe president is neither a hawk nor a dove, but an admirer of war criminals and torturers.
  19. foreign policy
    The Real Risk of Assassinating SoleimaniKilling Iran’s most important military commander probably won’t start World War III, but it could make things a lot worse in the Middle East.
  20. world view
    Saudi Oil Attack Prompts More Incoherence From Trump AdministrationThe strikes disabled critical Saudi oil infrastructure and revealed how unprepared the Trump administration is to handle such a crisis.
  21. sri lanka attacks
    Outside the U.S., Persecution of Christians Is Real, As Sri Lanka Bombings ShowIn an increasing number of countries, particularly in Asia, Christians face challenges a lot more stressful than “Happy Holidays” greetings.
  22. nepotism
    New Book Details Kushner’s Alleged Middle East Peace Plan, Which Is PreposterousAccording to Vicky Ward’s Kushner Inc., the senior advisor hoped to convince five countries plus Palestine to give aid or renegotiate boundaries.
  23. foreign interests
    Netanyahu Is No Longer Hawkish Enough for His Own GovernmentAfter agreeing to a cease-fire in Gaza, the prime minister is cast as a capitulating peacenik by his allies. Still, he’ll probably be reelected.
  24. international affairs
    Pressure Builds on Saudi Arabia, But Will Trump Continue to Get Played?Trump has vowed to severely punish the Saudis if they killed Jamal Khashoggi, but that punishment seems likely to include selling them more arms.
  25. trump tweets
    Trump: U.S. Protects the Middle East — Also, Kills Millions of Its PeopleTwo days after saying the U.S. killed millions of Iraqis, Trump warns “the Middle East” that it “would not be safe” without America’s protection.
  26. Higher Gas Prices a Headache for GOP — Except in CaliforniaIf gasoline prices stay high, Democrats will use that against the GOP. But in California, a GOP-backed gas-tax-repeal initiative changes everything.
  27. Israel and Palestine Just Slid Further Away From the Possibility of PeaceTrump’s embassy move is an illustration of how far gone the situation in Israel and Palestine is.
  28. politics
    U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Is Happening Almost ImmediatelyWhen a real embassy facility is built in Jerusalem, it could be paid for in part by donations from conservative donors — including Sheldon Adelson.
  29. Strange But True: Headlines From the Middle EastFor years, people have talked about what the Middle East would look like if the United States took a more limited role. That time has come.
  30. international affairs
    Israel Conducts Air Strikes on Iranian Targets in SyriaIt was the first time Israel has directly targeted Iranian military forces, and marks a dangerous escalation in the conflict.
  31. Foreign-Policy Experts React to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision“I think he went too far, too fast, too soon.”
  32. foreign policy
    Trump’s Expected Israel Embassy Move Has Already Sparked New Middle East TurmoilThough the U.S. embassy won’t move to Jerusalem for years, it’s raised concerns about violent protests and strained diplomatic relations.
  33. international affairs
    Erdoğan Declares Victory in Referendum Granting Him Vast New Powers Over TurkeyVoters in Turkey narrowly approved enormous changes to the country’s government, though opposition parties are contesting the results.
  34. feature
    PissPigGranddad, the Punk-Rock Florist Who Fought ISIS in Syria, Is Coming HomeBrace Belden became a radical icon when he went to take up arms against terrorists, build a socialist utopia, and tweet jokes about the revolution.
  35. Trump Sent Alan Dershowitz to Tell Netanyahu ‘Time Is Ripe’ for Mideast PeaceThe president ran into the celebrity lawyer at Mar-a-Lago. Peace was talked and messages were sent.
  36. U.S. Places New Restrictions on Air Travelers From 8 Muslim-Majority CountriesU.S.-bound passengers from eight nations in the Middle East are no longer allowed to carry laptops on flights.
  37. In Meeting With Netanyahu, Trump Says U.S. Won’t Insist On a Palestinian StateBreaking with decades of precedent, Trump suggests America is open to a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  38. In Iraq, America’s Allies – and Its Enemies – Wait for Trump’s First Move“It makes the Islamic State happy to use Trump to manipulate the people who want to fight for Islam,” says a captured ISIS fighter.
  39. international affairs
    Truck Attack in Jerusalem Kills 4 Israeli SoldiersThe attacker drove into a busload of Israeli officer cadets who had stopped at a scenic overlook.
  40. foreign policy
    The Debate We Should Be Having About America’s Role in the Yemen WarAmerica has played a key role in a major Middle Eastern conflict that is getting no attention during the campaign.
  41. international affairs
    Moderates and Reformists Reportedly Make Big Gains in Iranian ElectionsEarly results indicate that President Rouhani’s coalition continues to gain influence in the country, and at the expense of Iran’s hardliners.
  42. foreign affairs
    Fight Between Saudi Arabia and Iran Keeps Getting WorseSaudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Sudan have all telegraphed their anger at Iran through diplomatic means. 
  43. migrant crisis
    Nearly One Million Migrants Have Fled to Europe This YearThe global refugee population has also surged to its highest level in more than two decades.
  44. syria
    The Meaning of Russia’s Intervention in SyriaAs Putin embarks on what may be a new Soviet-style misadventure, a variety of experts debate the possible endgames, as well as a possible U.S. alliance.
  45. extreme weather
    It’s Really, Really Hot in IranThe heat index in the southern city of Bandar-e Mahshahr reached 165 degrees on Saturday.
  46. isis
    White House: ‘We Will Help the Iraqis Take Back Ramadi’“There is no denying that this is indeed a setback.”
  47. middle east
    Why the West Bank Security Agreement Could Collapse, and Why It Matters“It’s just a further escalation, which increases the possibility for real confrontation.”
  48. obits
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dies at 90His passing could bring significant changes to the balance of power in the Middle East.
  49. middle east
    Al Qaeda–Affiliated Syrian Rebels Seize Israeli Border CrossingThe group is one of a coalition of rebel fighters.
  50. war in the middle east
    U.N. Security Council Calls for Immediate Cease-fire Between Israel and HamasA statement drafted by Jordan wants peace ahead of Eid al-Fitr.
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