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6 Basic Assumptions About the Middle East That the Washington Consensus Gets Dead Wrong

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "Iraq no longer exists." My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Show More Summary

Analysts: ISIS Developing 'Colonies' in Middle East as it Gains Credibility Among Jihadists

Reports coming out of the Middle East warn that the Islamic State terrorist group has established provinces across the region and a colony in Libya. One report from the Washington Institute says ISIS has developed colonies in areas as...Show More Summary

Peter Kassig: Charming, eloquent, and highly passionate

It seems that anyone who spends enough time in the Middle East these days is destined to lose someone they know – a relative, a friend, or a colleague. Two years ago I wrote about the unfortunate death of Anthony Shadid, who lost his life on a trip to Syria and whom I had been fortunate enough to meet just before he passed. Show More Summary

A Middle Eastern sporting odyssey

When you are an observer and student of a place like the Middle East, it is easy to mix several interests. Does religion, history and politics push your buttons? You won't find a better region for it. Are you a security analyst? There is a surfeit of riches here. Show More Summary

What Really Matters About Extension of the Iran Negotiations

Paul R. Pillar Iran, Middle East The single most important fact about the extension of the nuclear negotiations with Iran is that the obligations established by the Joint Plan of Action negotiated a year ago will remain in effect as negotiations continue. Show More Summary

Why the Kurdish Fight for Women's Rights Is Revolutionary

SULAIMANIYA, Iraqi Kurdistan Region -- An equality decree, number 22 of the year 2014, unique in the Middle East, recognizing the rights of women in Syrian Kurdistan has prompted opposition from conservative Muslim clerics. While the...Show More Summary

Pondering Portfolio Moves For Possible Korean Unification

Though ongoing violence throughout the Middle East and an increasingly assertive Russia have dominated foreign policy headlines for the better part of this year, a very good argument could be made that the biggest threat to peace and stability around the world is the same as it was five years ago: North Korea. Indeed, on […]

Meet Regin, The Sophisticated Malware That Spies On Telco Networks

Security researchers say a Trojan tool kit as complicated as Stuxnet has been used to hack cellular networks in the Middle East and other targets in Russia.

Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Perpetuate Our Middle East Policy Train Wreck

Yves here. As much as I consider myself to be reasonably jaded, I was nevertheless gobsmacked to read Andrew Bacevich's list of "Washington assumptions" that underlie US policy-making in the Middle East. They aren't just detached from reality, they are so wildly at odds with reality as to look deranged. Show More Summary

HMAS Success Deploys to Middle East

After months of preparation, HMAS Success departed Garden Island in Sydney today for a six-month deployment to the Middle East Region to provide logistic support

Painting by Hitler auctioned for $161,000

Watercolour of Munich's old city hall, believed to be painted by late-Nazi leader, sold to anonymous Middle East buyer.

The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Paul R. Pillar Iran, Middle East Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new and better roads, with significant damage resulting from the failure to take them. Show More Summary

A Poster Child for Love in the Middle East

As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet my friend Tali. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she doesShow More Summary

Video: Jay Leno gifts army vet Challenger Hellcat on Today Show

Jay Leno, besides being a grade-A car guy, is also a pretty standup American. The late-night host has been a fixture on USO tours, visiting troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan. His latest move, though, is a step beyond even a trip...Show More Summary

Podcast: The fight against ISIS

UPI columnist, author, Middle East expert and an architect of the “Shock and Awe” campaign against Saddam Hussein, Dr. Harlan Ullman, speaks with Gary Baumgarten for the Paltalk News Network about how dangerous ISIS really is and what the United States and its allies should be doing to stop the Islamic terrorist group.

Let us defend the revolutionary Rojava and the resistance in Palestine!

The imperialist forces and their regional collaborators try to impose their policy of enslavement and exploitation on the peoples of the Middle East. As progressive, antiimperialist, revolutionary and communist forces we must counter this with our joint struggle. We, parties and organizations from the Middle East and Europe, call for solidarity with the struggle [...]

Asia Tanker, VLCC Rates Could Climb

Charterers to release 30 Middle East VLCC cargoes next week. VLCC market buoyed by upbeat Suezmax, Aframax sectors. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs)

Prince Harry Oman Trip: Buys Prince George Adorable Gift On Journey

Prince Harry is currently on a royal trip to Oman, and it looks as though he has bought his nephew, Prince George, an adorable gift while on his travels. Harry was spotted shopping for souvenirs while visiting the Middle East. Not only...Show More Summary

We are the terrorists too: Thomas Friedman and John Kerry are misleading you about the Middle East

The New York Times and the administration are spinning post-Arab Spring era. Let's set the facts straight

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