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MIDDLE EAST

COMMENTARY / World
Mar 1, 2016
In Yemen, a humanitarian pause urgently needed
A humanitarian pause is badly needed in war-torn Yemen, where a majority of the population in urgent need of medical care.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 24, 2016
Morocco's economic model for the Arab world
Morocco's drive to become a regional renewable-energy powerhouse offers a real option for economic development in other Arab countries.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2016
Abe pledges $78 million in humanitarian aid to visiting Abbas
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday offered $78 million in fresh humanitarian assistance to visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, renewing his vow to support the Middle East peace process amid yet another period of tension.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 15, 2016
Putin is no ally against Islamic State
Russian President Vladimir Putin's current aim is to foster the EU's disintegration, and the best way to do so is to flood it with Syrian refugees.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 12, 2016
Saudi reform efforts wax and wane with oil prices
No one should underestimate the determination of Saudi Arabia's new rulers to overhaul the kingdom's economy, but the immense challenges should not be underestimated either.
EDITORIALS
Feb 9, 2016
A turning point in Syria?
The Syrian government and its backers appear to be succeeding in their goal to wipe out moderate opposition forces that the international community could rally to replace President Bashir Assad.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 9, 2016
Palestinian attacks wound Israel's reputation
The latest round of Palestinian violence with is costing Israel far more than the human toll.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 7, 2016
Is it time for the U.S. to dump Saudi Arabia?
Washington must accept the fact that Saudi Arabia is a major contributor to worldwide Islamic extremism and reevaluate its relationship with Riyahd.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 4, 2016
China's new role as a Middle East peacemaker
Can China's impact on the Middle East be more constructive than that of the United States?
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 2, 2016
Literacy, technology fuel Arab unrest
Rising literacy rates and rapid advances in communication technology have stirred the Middle East into a maelstrom of competing cultural narratives.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jan 26, 2016
Gateway Greece threatened with Schengen ouster over unchecked refugee flood
European Union interior ministers urged Greece on Monday to do more to control the influx of migrants, some threatening to have it excluded from the continent's prized passport-free travel zone as the crisis increasingly divides bloc members.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 19, 2016
Five years after the Arab Spring
democracy is still just as suitable for Arabs as it is for any other people. It's just going to take a little longer than we thought in 2011.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2016
As Xi heads into Middle East feud, China says aims for balance
China intends to retain a balanced stance in the Middle East, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, as President Xi Jinping prepared to leave on an unusual visit this week to Saudi Arabia and Iran, regional powers currently locked in a bitter dispute.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 12, 2016
Regional interests fuel Middle East's Cold War
The Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry could derail efforts to stabilize the Middle East and make a bad regional environment much worse.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 11, 2016
Nostalgia versus prospects
The old days aren't as good as people remember, while the future won't be as bad as people fear.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 11, 2016
Make 2016 a better year for migrants
Dealing with the refugee crisis will be a profound test of the civic health of democratic societies worldwide.
EDITORIALS
Jan 8, 2016
Saudi-Iranian tensions boil over
The tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran is just the latest manifestation of Sunni-Shiite hostility.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 7, 2016
Can the Dubai model inspire other Arab states?
The United Arab Emirates offer a path ahead based on globalization and compromise, which the region badly needs.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 7, 2016
Saudi Arabia's perilous divides
Saudi Arabia's execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has exposed the dangerous political, religious and socioeconomic fault lines that run through the kingdom and the Gulf.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 6, 2016
U.S. can afford to side with Iran over Saudis
The U.S. and Iran are once again plausible strategic allies after a decades-long estrangement — to the dismay of Saudi Arabia.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?