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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dead at 93

Shimon Peres, an Israeli statesman who helped build his country into a nuclear-armed regional military power, shared a Nobel Peace Prize for laying out a short-lived framework for peace with the Palestinians and more recently defended Israel’s controversial military actions in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, died early Wednesday at a hospital in Tel Aviv. 1,982 more words

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The mistrust between Washington and Moscow portends a long war

The Partition of Syria is inevitable regardless of the policy of the new US President

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Middle East Politics

Inside The U.S. $38 Billion 10-Year Gift to Israel

by James M. Wall

It is no surprise that the guaranteed $38 billion gift from U.S. taxpayers to Israel over the next ten years was not discussed Wednesday when President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met at New York’s Lotte New York Palace Hotel. 1,355 more words

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Would ceasefires have shortened WWII? The American Civil War? #Syrianconflict

Edward Luttwak in his essay Give War a Chance speculated that if there was a United Nations in the 1860s, there would still be UN peacekeepers stationed between the warring Union and Confederate troops on the Mason Dixon line as of this day. 502 more words

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Syrian Truce Holds During Islamic Eid al-Adha

by James M. Wall

Syria’s cease-fire, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, began Monday night on Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival which commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. 527 more words

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Female genital mutilation needed because Egyptian men are 'sexually weak,' lawmaker says

CAIRO — It was an outrageous argument, by any measure: Women should “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.”

This is what an Egyptian lawmaker, Elhamy Agina, claimed over the weekend in making an argument in favor of female genital mutilation, or FGM. 332 more words

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