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The Middle East Institute hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, November 20, 2014 on the status of the political transitions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen. The event was part Continue →

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On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council added two new branches of Libyan Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terrorist list after accusations surfaced of its Continue →

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by Kate Aronoff

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Yesterday, on the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks Continue →

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The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on November 21, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Media attention has somewhat focused away from the city of Kobani as the intense wave of coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) first helped to slow Continue →

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What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS? By Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma

“Push” Factors Helping ISIS Recruitment

Western governments are concerned about stemming the wave of foreign fighters flocking to join Continue →

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Just a few days ahead of the November 24 deadline for world powers to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Continue →

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Israel in grip of violence born of despair

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Qalandia checkpoint, gateway in an out of Jerusalem: Palestinians struggle with tear gas and concrete blocks, July 2014, Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images.

Israel sows despair and senseless violence

By Jeff Halper, Continue →

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The article by Jeff Halper, ICAHD, is followed by one from Haaretz on Israel’s ‘empty revenge’.

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis last month, displays his Continue →

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Strange death of a Palestinian bus driver

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Palestinians at the funeral of Hasan / Yusuf al-Rumani who was found hanged in a bus on Sunday night November 16/17th. Fellow bus driver Muatasem Fakeh told AFP “We saw Continue →

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Protesters hold pictures during a protest in support of imprisoned activists who are in a hunger strike at prison, in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo

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Washington lawmakers are deciding whether or not to ease restrictions on U.S. military aid to Egypt. The restrictions were instituted after the military’s ouster of former elected President Continue →

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Walmart employee and their supporters strike outside of a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., on November 20. (OURWalmart / Aurelio Jose Barrera)

by Kate Aronoff

Walmart employee and their supporters strike outside of a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., on November 20. (OURWalmart / Aurelio Jose Barrera)

Twenty-three Walmart workers were arrested Continue →

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Deadly steps into a religious war

by sarahbenton on November 19, 2014

Commentary on the causes and consequences of the attack from Ynet, the BBC and Time magazine.

Security police run past the synagogue where the massacre took placde. Photo by Reuters. The 10 Continue →

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Articles from +972, Ma’an news and Al Monitor.

Police outside the synagogue where five were killed by two Palestinian cousins.Photo by Reuters.

Welcome to Netanyahu’s ‘resolution’ to the conflict

Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman Continue →

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Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

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Correspondents from the Zaman and Bugun newspapers, the Samanyolu TV station and Cihan news reported that they have been shut out of official press events since the inauguration Continue →

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Better to be Jewish than a democrat

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

The editorial from Haaretz is followed by and opinion piece by Aeyal Gross also deploring Elkin’s bill.

Jerusalem day has become the largest Jews-only gathering / triumphal celebration in Israel attracting Continue →

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US and Jordan insist on compromise on Al Aqsa

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Israeli border police guarding Al Aqsa mosque.Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 Tense calm continues at Al-Aqsa

After weeks of violence and protests, Israel has eased entry restrictions to Al-Aqsa Mosque to de-escalate the Continue →

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by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Gershon Salomon proclaims a Jewish right to Temple Mount:’The Temple Mount has been a source of war and conflict for centuries and is likely one of the most valuable pieces Continue →

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The second term that movements build

by Kate Aronoff on November 17, 2014

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In the wake of the mid-term elections earlier this month, it might have seemed that there wasn’t much hope to hold onto for progressives, what with Continue →

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The Egyptian government announced that five al-Azhar students charged with rioting, belonging to a terrorist group, and arson, will be tried in a military court rather than a Continue →

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Former Tehran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, a former ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disbarred and banned from all positions in the Iranian government, for five years, and was barred for Continue →

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Open Society released a video by Amira Yahyaoui, a Tunisian activist who was “active against Ben Ali‘s regime as a member of the Tunisian anti-censorship and freedom Continue →

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