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The U.S. Army Has A "New" Tool in Its Arsenal: Horses

Jared Keller, Task and Purpose Security, Middle East Low-tech options are helping some of the most advanced warfighters on the planet. Less than a month after the September 11 terror attacks, combat controllers with the Air Force Special Tactics Squadron and Army 5th Special Forces Group’s Operational Detachment Alpha 595 were among the first U.S. Show More Summary

Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal on Tehran’s atomic programme, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East Comment: ‘US must stop endangering Iran nuclear deal’ The head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation,...Show More Summary

If Russia Wants the Syria Mess, Let Them Have It

Ted Galen Carpenter Security, Middle East American policy in Syria has been a string of embarrassing episodes. It’s time to cut the losses. Relations between Moscow and Washington continue to deteriorate over a variety of issues. Contrary...Show More Summary

Cartoon: Friend or foe

x Vimeo Video U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is getting curiouser and curiouser. Soon after President Trump’s recent visit, a major rift happened between Saudi Arabia and Qatar (among others). Trump came out firmly in support of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Show More Summary

The Guardian view on al-Jazeera: muzzling journalism | Editorial

In the Arab world, freedom of speech is being curbed to stop old and new media from raising questions about the way in which countries are run. This is wrong In the conservative autocracies of the middle east, Qatar, a wealthy gas-rich...Show More Summary

What Has ISIS Destroyed? Al-Nuri Mosque and Other Historical Sites Islamic State Has Ruined

The group has released video footage showing destruction of various historical landmarks in the Middle East.

The Rise of a Prince Ends Doubts Over Saudi Arabia's Direction (BUT RAISES DOUBTS OVER ITS INT'L STRATEGY)

With the anointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] as heir to the Saudi throne, any doubts over the continuation of policies that have shaken up the Middle East have gone. Western diplomats already referred to the 31-year-old as "Mr. Show More Summary

Wearables market may top 125M units in 2017, helped by Apple Watch

The global wearables market is likely to hit 125.5 million devices this year, according to new research data, with the Apple Watch's share getting a small boost from an unusually strong region -- the Middle East and Africa.

Debbie Michail Runs a Roving, Open-Flame Supper Club

The LA native is inspired by whole-animal cooking and grandmother's Iranian food traditions It always starts with a trip. For Debbie Michail, co-founder of roving open-flame supper club Logmeh, it was a journey to the Middle East with...Show More Summary

Should Christians Join Muslims in Breaking Ramadan’s Daily Fast?

In the Middle East, Christians even host iftars. For most American Christians, Ramadan is a novelty; something heard of, but rarely seen. For Middle Eastern Christians, it is everywhere. For some, it is an annoyance. The month-long fast from sunrise to sunset can make for a cranky Muslim neighbor. Show More Summary

Want to Help Christians Stay in the Middle East? Start with Your Vacation.

Both pilgrims and pleasure seekers allow Arab believers to resist exodus amid ISIS. Call Ann Fink crazy, but the intrepid grandmother has a tradition to uphold. She’s toured Israel, Jordan, and Egypt with 8 of her 13 granddaughters.Show More Summary

The Saudi Regime Is Playing Donald Trump Like a Fiddle, With Potentially Disastrous Consequences

It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes. At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has...Show More Summary

The rise of Saudi Arabia’s young prince casts a shadow over the Middle East

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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. In the early hours of Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman elevated his 31-year-old son to be the kingdom's crown prince, replacing the king's 57-year-old nephew, Mohammed […]

Instability and Salman's Nepotistic Power Play

Paul R. Pillar Saudi Arabia, Middle East A foreign country may be a problematic partner for the United States for two basic types of reasons, both of which apply to Saudi Arabia.  First, the partner’s foreign policies may range fromShow More Summary

Kushner begins shuttle diplomacy in Israel and West Bank in search of a peace breakthrough

Presidential advisor Jared Kushner waded into the nitty-gritty of Middle East peace mediation for the first time on Wednesday, as the Trump administration seemed to lower expectations for a swift breakthrough by emphasizing that “peace will take time.’’ The son-in-law of President Trump, who has...

Army Tanks Slowly Going Green in Europe

After years of combat in the Middle East, the U.S. Army still clings to its desert-colored M1 Abrams tanks and combat vehicles.

Meet the 31-year-old Saudi Arabian prince who rose to power nearly overnight

On June 21, the king of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly named one of his younger sons the country's new crown prince. The sudden move sent ripple waves of surprise throughout the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, which has been ruled by autocratic,...Show More Summary

Democrats want to know why Jared Kushner still has security clearance

Jared Kushner is at this moment trying to use his years of experience as a litigious slumlord to bring peace to the Middle East. But Democratic members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are interested in more than just why Trump’s son-in-law is so fond of suing his tenants when they complain. Show More Summary

How Photoshop is used to accommodate Middle East’s modesty laws

I admit, the first time I saw these images I though they were fake. Someone probably added their clothes on as a joke. But when I realized the context and saw the source of the images, it made sense. The fact that the execution was bad made it hilarious. Show More Summary

Iran Bans Zumba and Other “Body-Shaking Instruction”

With tensions in Middle East roiling, the government of Iran took a strong step this month to address a matter of deep geopolitical importance: It effectively banned Zumba. The government’s Sports for All Federation issued a statement...Show More Summary

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