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MIDDLE EAST

Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 6, 2015
Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance
Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shiite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 3, 2015
Joining Islamic State is stupid, but why is it illegal?
As with so many other basic legal precepts, the right of Americans to serve in a foreign army has been eroded since 9/11.
EDITORIALS
Feb 23, 2015
Yemen's disintegration
Sustained chaos in Yemen could allow violent groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida to use the country as a base for operations elsewhere.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2015
Iran's poison-penned peace letter to Obama
A letter that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is reported to have sent to President Barack Obama, saying Iran was open to a more direct alliance against the Islamic State group if negotiators could iron out a deal on Tehran's nuclear program, should be viewed as coming from a poison pen.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 21, 2015
Japan, Qatar agree to strive for Middle East peace
Japan and Qatar agreed Friday that stability in the Middle East serves as a foundation for international peace and prosperity and pledged to cooperate on addressing the threat of terrorism.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 20, 2015
This is no time to abandon Yemen
To ensure that the recent overthrow of its government by the Shiite Houthi rebel movement does not deal Yemen the lethal blow that it has avoided so far, the international community must not abandon the country in what may be its hour of greatest need.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 20, 2015
Uses, and abuses, of history in the Middle East conflict
There remains in the U.S. an incorrigible conviction that it is the 'indispensable' nation, and that it alone can bring peace to nations. And that's done by more intervention and war, splitting nations in civil, tribal and sectarian battles in which the U.S. chooses sides and nominates the leaders.
WORLD
Feb 19, 2015
Iran wields power from Syria to Gulf as rise alarms Sunni rivals
The commander of the foreign wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was upbeat as he addressed a rally marking the 36th anniversary of the uprising that ushered in theocratic rule.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 10, 2015
Obama's Middle East fantasy
For all of the problems posed by significant U.S. ground forces in the Middle East, it is the only option right now if President Barack Obama wishes to stop the advance of the Islamic State group without aiding the advance of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 7, 2015
Poll: 57.9% say Japan's Middle East aid should be nonmilitary
A majority of Japanese think the Abe government's aid for Middle Eastern countries fighting the Islamic State group should be limited to nonmilitary aid, a poll shows.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 3, 2015
Hostage crisis could influence Japan's Mideast priorities
As shock waves over the execution of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group continue to reverberate, questions emerge about the effect the crisis may have on Japan's Middle East policies.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 31, 2015
Public health challenges in the Middle East
Continuing conflicts in the Mideast, especially Syria and Iraq, have prompted a substantial emigration of doctors, adding to existing problems of too few qualified health care personnel.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2015
Abe forced to walk a fine line in oil-rich Middle East
The seizure of two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State militant group is raising questions about Japan's Middle East policies and the effectiveness of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brand of personal diplomacy.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2015
Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan's engagement in the region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 16, 2015
France defies the jihadists
To one who witnessed the transformation fear exacted from America's governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the jihad killings last week in France seemed to produce a colossal reaction that was not one of fear at all.
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.

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