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Is the world still afraid of Iran?

hassan-rouhani

by Rachel Shabi

When Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood in front of the UN General Assembly and pronounced Iran to be a greater threat that ISIL, it wasn't a huge surprise. After all, the Israeli leader's main mood music in office has been to warn about evil, on-the-verge-of-nuclear Iran, which, he told the UNGA, is of greater concern that the "militant Islamists on pick-up trucks" currently terrorizing chunks of Iraq and Syria.

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In a Confusing Mideast, Finally a Clear Moral Choice

Kurds

The imminent [as of Monday morning, October 6] disaster for the integrity of Ankara and Washington, as well as for the Kurdish people, at Kobani seems about the most morally clear-cut situation one can find in the anguished Mideast, and so, the great men who run the world…stand and watch.

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President Obama! Before taking on ISIS, topple the Saudi Regime

Saudi Arabia

The beheading of Western hostages by the terrorists of ISIS or the Islamic State (IS) is vicious but not an unusual practice in countries considered close Western friends or allies. Take Saudi Arabia as an example, which is nearing the status of the State of Israel as an "indispensable" US ally.

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Israel-Palestine conflict

Benjamin Netanyahu

A turn in western thinking?

Although UN speeches are rarely signifiers of political realities, the presentations by Mahmoud Abbas on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization and of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, contained some elements worth noticing.

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Twice Betrayed Christians of Ma’loula

Ma’loula,Syria

It is a truly unique cultural heritage site, the hamlet of Ma’aloula, with Christian sanctuaries and monuments stretching back for more than 16 centuries into the past, yet it has been scarred, traumatized, desecrated and deeply wounded by the war in Syria.

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