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“All I see is Palestine”: How I went to cover a Rihanna concert and caused a political firestorm

As a freelance arts writer in Israel, I made a dumb mistake that thrust me into the midst of the Middle East crisis

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More horrific news from the Middle East: A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by a group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives. The video […]

ISIS Releases Another Gruesome Beheading Video, Allegedly of US Journalist Steven Sotloff

The three-minute video allegedly shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff, whose work in hotspots across the Middle East has taken him to Bahrain, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Turkey.

The Monsters Sequel Dark Continent Does Not Look Particularly Subtle

3 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Set 10 years after the first movie, the monsters of Monsters: Dark Continent has spread around the world, and the Army has been deployed to contain them. The sequel examines a group of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, who... oh, okay, I see what's going on there. Read more...

US to Syrian Refugees: We'll Give You Money but Stay Away Please

With the number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East hitting three million, it's worth examining how the United States and other countries not on the front-line of the conflict have stepped in to help countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Show More Summary

An Actual Fight Over Democracy

by Jonah Shepp China won't allow open elections in Hong Kong:— Mashable (@mashable) August 31, 2014 The crises in the Middle East and Ukraine are frequently described in ideological terms, as battles between freedom and tyranny, liberal democracy and illiberal authoritarianism. Show More Summary

Obama begins European trip to address Russia's new aggression

Amid new concerns about vicious Sunni extremists in the Middle East, President Obama departs Tuesday on a four-day trip to Europe to address another crisis - Russia’s aggression in Eastern Europe.

ISIS Terror Threat In Canada: Report Reveals At Least 80 Militants Have Returned From Middle East

As the threat of an ISIS terror attack in the west becomes more and more real, following the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria recently, a report released on Friday by the Canadian Ministry of Public Safety detailed the potential threat Canada now faces from its own Muslim nationals. Show More Summary

Conflict and Development in the Middle East

If the Arab Spring represented a desire to create political commons, the current wave of conflict in the Arab world seeks to achieve precisely the opposite. It is predicated at the destruction of existing commons, whether civic, economic or political. Show More Summary

Conflict and Development in the Middle East

If the Arab Spring represented a desire to create political commons, the current wave of conflict in the Arab world seeks to achieve precisely the opposite. It is predicated at the destruction of existing commons, whether civic, economic or political. Show More Summary

Americans and Brits deal with domestic ISIS threats

APF reports that former FBI agent Mike Rogers says that “hundreds” of Americans have traveled to the middle east to train and fight with ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State and that some of them are back here in this country while others went to Europe. He also raised concerns about the estimated 500 British citizens and “several hundred” […]

The Worst Case Scenario In The Middle East, In One Sentence

Ali Khedery, the longest continuously serving American official in Iraq (2003-09), recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss American policy in the Middle East. The candid discussion highlights several mistakes the U.S. Show More Summary

Oil Price Bounces Back - Will The Rally Continue?

By Lior Cohen: Oil prices bounced back last week as Brent oil increased by 0.9% and WTI oil by 2.5%. United States Oil (NYSEARCA:USO), the oil ETF also rallied by a similar rate in the past week. The tensions in the Middle East and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine may have contributed to the recent recovery of oil prices. Show More Summary

Duke University's Department of African & African American Studies Brings Together Diverse Audience to Discuss #Ferguson

ABC11 The topic of national unrest surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, landed in the middle of a spirited town hall discussion, which drew about 300 Duke students and faculty to the East Duke Nelson Music Room. Show More Summary

Try realism in the Middle East

Cohen: America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring.

Demolition of Mohammed's Grave Site Could Spark Race War In Middle East

Plans to demolish the final resting place of the Islamic prophet Mohammed could further inflame the sectarian conflict developing between Shia and Sunni Muslims. The site in Medina is threatened because the al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque...Show More Summary

Confused about US/UK policy in Middle East? Follow the net energy

If you try to follow all the alliances it gets complicated. Follow the net energy. High net energy means fuel that is easy to extract. The last big reservoir of high net-energy oil is in Iraq near Kirkuk. As cheap oil declines, gas becomes more valuable. Show More Summary

Death to 'Slaves of the Cross' Funded by American Taxpayers, Courtesy of the Obama Administration

Four years after the Arab Spring, taxpaying Americans continue to fund ethnic and religious cleansing throughout the Middle East, thanks to President Obama's subversive strategy to spread Islam.

An Important Indicator Says Crude Oil Is Going Lower

By Andrew Hecht: It has been a rough summer for the crude oil bulls. Way back in June as Middle East violence began to flare and reports of Russian meddling in Ukraine took center stage, the price of oil peaked at over $107. For a while, it looked like the August 2013 high of $112.24 was the next stop, but fortunes quickly changed. Show More Summary

Al Qaeda Spawned A Monster Child, The Islamic Caliphate.

Middle East analysts are trying to assess this new beast that has emerged out of Islamist dysfunction: ISIL or, as they like to call themselves, The Islamic State. The borders of this imagined “state” are vague because this cult does not recognize borders. Their aim is to melt all the boundaries established by the victorious […]

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