Israel Shifts Even Further Right

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by Naomi Dann The announcement of the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister and the negotiations with his Yisrael Beiteinu party to join Israel’s governing coalition should indicate to the United States and to the international community that Israel is… Continue Reading  

The Saudi Executions: Fury in Iran But Not Here

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by Thomas W. Lippman The Obama administration’s reaction to the mass executions in Saudi Arabia on New Year’s Day came in the form of a mildly worded statement issued over the holiday weekend by State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Qatar and the Islamic State

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Alex Stout  In the fall of 2014, the Obama administration prioritized securing support from Washington’s allies in the Sunni Arab world before launching a multinational air campaign against targets in Iraq and Syria belonging to Islamic… Continue Reading  

Kobani: Questionable Turkish, US Behavior

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by Wayne White Defenders of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani (or Ayn al-Arab) have fought valiantly against heavily armed Islamic State (IS) forces for three weeks with only light arms. Until late on Oct. 7, Washington did relatively little… Continue Reading