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MIDDLE EAST

COMMENTARY / World
Jan 9, 2015
Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox
Today's crisis in Islamic society dates from its loss of unity in the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Foreigners will never achieve peace and unity for them.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 5, 2015
Middle East dos and don'ts
A long-time columnist on Mideast affairs, Ramzy Baroud, shares 'dos' and 'don'ts' with writers and reporters on how to approach the subject of the Middle East.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 22, 2014
Christians a vanishing species in Arab world
The observance of the Christian holiday in the Middle East is a sad reminder that the region's distinctive relgious, ethnic and cultural diversity is rapidly disappearing.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 12, 2014
A rude awakening for America
The American pivot to Asia was the product of people in Washington who only think in terms of military power — as in trying to annex Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and the EU. There are new ways of thinking in China and even Russia.
BUSINESS
Dec 5, 2014
Sony malware may be linked to other damaging attacks
Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered what they say is technical evidence linking the massive breach at Sony Corp.'s Hollywood studio with attacks in South Korea and the Middle East.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 4, 2014
U.S. believes Iran launched air raids on Islamic State in Iraq
The United States has indications that Iran has carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in recent days, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 24, 2014
Obama administration loses its collective mind
America can't fix the Middle East. It's time to give up trying to do so.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY
Nov 21, 2014
Islamic State's planned currency is so 7th century
Islamic State has announced plans to start its own currency, an essential building block for their larger goal of restoring an ancient Islamic empire.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 12, 2014
UNHCR official: 13.6 million displaced by wars in Iraq, Syria, and world not responding as winter looms
About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and many are without food or shelter as winter starts, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 7, 2014
Did Islamic State call a convention of nuts and have 15,000 show up?
If an estimated army of at least 15,000 violent, crazy people — many carrying U.S. passports or passports from countries where they don't need visas to come to the U.S. — have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight along Islamic State and similar extremist groups, shouldn't everyone start thinking outside the box for ways to track them?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY
Nov 3, 2014
Friendly backer of jihadists
Tiny Qatar, the world's richest country in per capita terms, has leveraged its natural gas wealth to emerge as a leading backer of Islamist causes.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 31, 2014
Western nations' mastery
A British scholar and former wartime army intelligence officer will tell you that there's nothing new about Islamic State, that it is in no way integral to the Islamic religion, and that it is a phenomenon that will pass.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 28, 2014
Sykes-Picot drew lines that blood is washing away
The highly centralized authoritarian rule of Syria and Iraq has broken down, probably irrevocably. That doesn't mean both states will disappear; they are likely to stumble on for some years.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 24, 2014
Why the world shouldn't write off Iraq's army
There is little reason to think that the Iraqi army that the U.S. trained and equipped was professionally incompetent or unable to fight Islamic State forces recently. It simply chose not to fight.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 24, 2014
The U.S. has done enough damage in the Middle East
The notion that Iraq will 'destroy' the Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the U.S.-formed coalition can do it. Only Muslims themselves can resolve the Islamic crisis overtaking the Middle East.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 10, 2014
The war against Islamic State
History says an asymmetric war has never been won by air power alone. So who does U.S. President Barack Obama think is going to fight Islamic State?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 7, 2014
Obama is no 'reluctant warrior'
When it comes to killing members of the Islamic State, U.S. President Barack Obama is anything but a reluctant warrrior. To the contrary, he makes former President George W. Bush look like a dirty peace hippie.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 7, 2014
Turkey seeks a broader solution to Islamic State
Turkey basically disagrees with the U.S. on the threat the Islamic State poses. While the U.S. is approaching the Islamic State as the Middle East's most pressing problem, Turkey views the group as a symptom of deeper pathologies.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 28, 2014
Iran has its dissenters on intervention in Iraq
Iran — already struggling to manage a decrepit economy and tricky nuclear negotiations with the international community — now worries about getting in over its head by intervening in Iraq.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 19, 2014
Alliance invites a hollow laugh
A U.S. senator has gone on record touting Syria and Iran as having, together, the means, ability and motivation to wipe out the Islamic State. But President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry — as well as both parties in the U.S. Congress — are not interested.

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