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MIDDLE EAST

Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 1, 2015
Refugee crisis is suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge
In the past two weeks, Germany has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue to the very top of the public and political agenda.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 28, 2015
Oil is Islamic State's lifeblood
A key to defeating the Islamic State militant group is preventing it from gaining control of lucrative oil fields.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 28, 2015
War on Islamic State has given Jordan new life
Tiny, oil-poor Jordan has parlayed the war against Islamic State into tangible gains.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 25, 2015
End of Iran's Islamic revolution
For Iran, what counts now is no longer ideology, but national interest and realpolitik.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 24, 2015
Cultural treasures are also victims of conflict
Of the 1,007 known World Heritage sites, 48 are now in danger of being destroyed due to military conflict.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 24, 2015
How IS pushes Egypt toward chaos
The Egyptian government should be very careful about attempting to associate Islamic State terror with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Aug 19, 2015
Germany feels migrant strain, forecasts 750,000 will seek asylum this year
The German government will sharply raise its forecast for the number of asylum seekers expected to arrive this year to a record-breaking 750,000, coalition sources said on Tuesday.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 14, 2015
The rise and fall of Arab revolutionary discourse
The Arab Spring has shifted from an innocent, unifying, empowering and popular movement into a complicated, cunning, disuniting, disempowering and elitist one, where the people do not matter in the least.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 14, 2015
Islamic State's perverse militarization of 'hijra'
Before 'hijra' became militarized, it was used to hold the present accountable to the past. In this richer, if more elusive, sense, hijra far exceeds — indeed, confounds — Islamic State's remit.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 11, 2015
Iran deal didn't trigger an arms race
The hyper-arming of the Middle East dates to the mid-2000s, before the U.S. and its partners began negotiating in earnest with Tehran over nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 10, 2015
The U.S. picked the wrong ally in the fight against IS
The U.S. miscalculated by bringing Turkey into the battle against the Islamic State extremist group.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2015
Darker horizons ahead: rethinking the war on IS
The war on Islamic State and other extremist groups cannot possibly be won as long as corrupt, violent regimes remain the only alternative to radicalization and extremism.
EDITORIALS
Jul 27, 2015
Turkey joins war on Islamic State
Ankara's reluctance to join the fight against Islamic State ended last week after the militant group targeted Turkey in two attacks.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 21, 2015
Where Barack Obama went wrong on Iran
The 'success' of President Barack Obama's approach to the Iran nuclear problem has left the future of the region blurrier than ever.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 16, 2015
Why you'll always lose wars with drones alone
How can the U.S. government truly know whether it's winning the war against Islamic State if it doesn't know for sure who or what it's bombing?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 16, 2015
What scenarios could unfold after the Iran deal?
Although the nuclear deal with Iran was a huge diplomatic success, the work is far from complete.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 15, 2015
A decent deal to bring Iran in from the cold
If the Iran deal goes through, the world should have a 15 year respite from the threats of an Iranian nuclear bomb and of Iran being bombed.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 15, 2015
After the Iran nuclear deal
Although the U.S. and Iran share common interests in the Middle East, a grand realignment of American alliances in the region is unlikely.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 6, 2015
Mediterranean boat people are refugees, not migrants
People fleeing to Europe to escape violence in the Africa and the Middle East should be viewed as refugees, not migrants.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 6, 2015
Is Arab carnage just a taste of what's to come?
Although the Middle East and North Africa is home to just 5 percent of the world's population, it has produced more than one-third of its refugees.

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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?