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O.C. man gets 30 years for trying to join Islamic State; judge says his calls for martyrdom made him 'dangerous'

A man convicted of conspiring to help Islamic State militants after he was caught as he attempted to board a plane to the Middle East was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said Nader Elhuzayel’s repeated calls for martyrdom in his communications made him...

Booming MEA wearable sales growth propelled by basic devices

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is another hot area for wearable sales, according to the latest figures from IDC, a market research firm. Sales totalled 482,000 for the second quarter of 2016—which starts at April 1 and finishes June 30—a 66 percent increase on the same quarter last year. Show More Summary

3 Sincere Questions For Trump Supporters

My work as a New England college professor and expert on the Middle East might make it seem unlikely that I connect to Americans who support Donald Trump. Yet my life story says otherwise. My parents were lower-middle class folks struggling to make better lives for themselves and me. Show More Summary

How the United Nations' New Agreement on the Global Migrant and Refugee Crisis Might Work

From the Middle East to the heart of Europe, countries are struggling to deal with a massive surge of desperate people crossing their borders, some fleeing for their lives, others escaping poverty and in search of jobs. The number of people forced to flee their homes is staggering. Show More Summary

‘The Future Lies in Secularism’: Adonis Reflects on Poetry’s Potential in the Middle East

In a Times of Israel interview, Adonis notes politicians and religious leaders’ inability to resolve conflict in the Middle East. He suggests that Arab poetry, which has always been “against God,” may be capable of bringing a resolution. More: GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AFP) — Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender […]

60 Minutes: King Abdullah II of Jordan

Terrorism. Civil war. A refugee crisis. Geopolitics. That’s the situation in the Middle East and right on Jordan’s doorstep. Scott Pelley interviews King Abdullah II Keeping Jordan’s balance amid crisis Source: 60 Minutes   King Abdullah...Show More Summary

Marriott boosts workforce in Asia, Middle East

Hotel operator Marriott International plans to almost double its workforce in the Middle East and Africa over the next three years. ||| Dubai - Marriott International, which became the world’s largest hotel operator with its $14 billion...Show More Summary

Trump labels alleged Wash. gunman as 'Middle Eastern immigrant'

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To Trump, the Washington mall shooter is another violent migrant from the Middle East.

Did the Pentagon Sabotage Syrian Peace Deal?

As the latest attempt at U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria goes up in flames, the back story includes Pentagon resistance to the plan and the bloody U.S. airstrike on a Syrian military outpost, reports Gareth Porter for Middle East Eye. By Gareth…Read more ?

The faith of Jimmy Carter

In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we look at how faith has shaped Jimmy Carter's leadership in and out of the presidency—from his racial sensitivity growing up in Plains, Georgia, to his Middle East peace talks as president, to the humanitarian work and Sunday School lessons he conducts in old age. Our guests for the episode […]

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

(Scott Johnson) Walter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder...Show More Summary

Dalai Lama: Refugees should go home

Americans who believe the U.S. should not accept refugees from Syria and the Middle East have an unlikely ally: the Dalai Lama. The 14th Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan Buddhist monks and one of the world’s most recognized religious leaders, spoke Thursday with Piers Morgan on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” and reiterated his [...]

Tackling Society's To-Do List One Family At A Time

A recent CNN headline reads, "Leaders at the UN Tackle the World's Worst To-Do List." The list includes stopping extremism, solving the refugee crisis, fostering Middle East peace, and working to end poverty, disease, hunger, climate...Show More Summary

France Announces $100 Million Fund For Middle East Cultural Preservation

“Besides appealing for sites to be protected, Francois Hollande also called for a strengthened commitment to cultural preservation that might include “intervention”, for which he gave no details. Restoration of damaged sites would also be part of his new mission, he said. So would “asylum” for some endangered works of art, a curious term, given […]

The failed cease-fire has just made things worse in Syria

The Obama administration is often criticized for its lack of action on Syria, but in some cases, doing nothing might be better than a cease-fire gone wrong. Hassan Hassan, a fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and an...Show More Summary

French press review 24 September 2016

Le Monde looks at the disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen, site of the Middle East's forgotten crisis. Alain Juppé warns that hysterical rhetoric about Islam could lead to civil war in France. Is it a good idea to give everyone a guaranteed minimum income? And what was the French president tweeting about to pop start Rihanna this week?

Time to Bury Plans for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation With Russia in Syria

Christopher S. Chivvis Syrian Civil War, Middle East What information of value would the U.S. and Russia actually share? Had Syria’s ceasefire agreement not collapsed on Monday, the United States and Russia would have begun coordinating air operations against terrorist groups there. Show More Summary

Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solution

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators said on Friday it was strongly opposed to Israel's ongoing settlement activity warning that it risked ending the chance of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

VIDEO: Has U.S. Deep Engagement in the Middle East Helped Secure American Interests?

Hugo Kirk Security, Middle East An important question The Center for the National Interest, publisher of The National Interest, partnered with the Charles Koch Institute to host a foreign policy roundtable. Among the questions addressed was: Has U.S. Show More Summary

U.S. to sell Saudi $1B weapons amid "deep concern" over civilian deaths

Days after Senate okays huge arms deal with controversial Middle East ally, U.N. highlights Saudi-led offensive's toll on innocent lives

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