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Why Won't Iran Act Like Our Enemy?


What a bad week for the war party. Darn you, Iran! The country that the armchair warriors most love to hate refuses to play the villain's role assigned by the neoconservatives, "humanitarian" interventionists, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the establishment media.

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China Venturing into the Maelstrom

Chinese President Xi Jingping

by James M. Dorsey

Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit this month to Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt, the first by a Chinese leader to the Middle East in seven years, acknowledges growing Chinese concerns about instability in the region that potentially threatens vital Chinese interests. It demonstrates Beijing’s difficulty in maintaining its policy of non-interference while expanding economic cooperation.

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The Widening Gap

Ilana Dayan

In any list of Israel's 100 most important women, Ilana Dayan would occupy a prominent position. Dayan (no relation to the late general with the eye patch) is the host of one of the most prestigious television programs.

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The Pernicious State

US Navy shot down an Iranian civilian airliner

Government is more than a territorial monopoly on aggressive force. It's also the heir to a centuries-old manufactured mystique, reinforced through its schools and other institutions, regarding its sanctity and sacrosanctity.

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Charlie Hebdo free speech debate: Nobody is listening

Charlie Hebdo

by Rachel Shabi

Ironically, in the recently revived debate over free speech, there has been a paucity of real, engaged communication - you know, the type where you actually listen to the people with whom you think you disagree.

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