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The Persian Gulf 1970 and today May 2015

Forty five years ago ( 1970) I wrote my masters thesis at the American University of Beirut on the implications of the British withdrawal from the Gulf. 1,638 more words

Middle East Politics

Iraqi Forces Recapture Territory From ISIS

Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. 303 more words

International Affairs

Morsi Smiles at Sisi and his Zionist Friends

Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, along with 105 co-defendants, has been sentenced to death for a prison break during the upheavals of the 2011 revolution. On the ethical level, this trial is a travesty because Morsi did not enjoy due process in a highly politicised trial which Amnesty International described as “grossly unfair” and “a charade based on null and void procedures”. 1,044 more words


Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death over 2011 prison break

An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to death in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

Sitting in a caged dock, Morsi pumped his fists in the air in defiance as the judge read his verdict. 400 more words

International Affairs

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states tell Obama they will increase their own nuclear capabilities if Iran deal passes

WASHINGTON – When President Barack Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. 264 more words


David Brooks: In recent elections, redistributionism isn’t selling

The most surprising event of this political era is what hasn’t happened. The world has not turned left. Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right’s stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought that progressive parties would be cruising from win to win. 785 more words

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An open letter to President Obama was posted on an Iranian website (khodnevis.org) today from Dr. Mahmoud Moradkhani — the nephew of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.   1,169 more words