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MIDDLE EAST

COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2014
Safe alternative rites to female circumcision
New rites of passage to replace the traditional practice of female genital mutilation offers hope of protecting woman from bodily harm and helping them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in Africa and the Middle East.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2014
No letup in the inhumanity
Where are the peacemakers hiding? In China, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, leaders have dug in and are picking at old sores and animosities, even trying to celebrate them.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 18, 2014
World needs to right Israel's wrongs
The Israeli bombardment of the Palestinians has proven a policy failure, demonstrated by the Israeli government's resumption of bombing. The Israelis tried to give up, but failed.
EDITORIALS
Jul 16, 2014
No winners in Israel-Hamas conflict
The zero-sum mentality of Israel and Hamas is fueling a cycle of violence.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 4, 2014
The return of the caliphate
Propagandists for the Sunni 'Islamic State' (aka ISIL) have produced a map in which this group of jihadis lay claim to Spain and Portugal — because they were once ruled by Muslim conquerors — Iran, most of India, the Balkans and half of Africa. So much for fantasy while it lasts.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 2, 2014
Palestinian teen killed in possible revenge attack
The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 2, 2014
History moves, but not always ahead
Victors of World War II find themselves unable to win the wars they wage against peasant societies. They combine self-righteousness with the perception of failure and decline.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 30, 2014
Stop trying to reorder the Mideast
U.S. military intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. It is time for Washington to practice humility and to stop trying to micromanage the affairs of other nations.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 30, 2014
Who'll pay for the Iraq sins?
Will the purveyors of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq ever do penance for their sins of warmongering?
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 27, 2014
U.S. Mideast policy crumbles
The Middle East has been torn apart by American invasions and attacks, and careless ideas about how to remake other peoples' lives. Iraq and Syria, as they exist today, may never recover from it.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 20, 2014
China turning its attention to the Middle East
Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent invitation to Arab states to upgrade their strategic relationships with China reflects Beijing's broader goal of rebalancing its focus westward in response to America's 'pivot' toward Asia.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 17, 2014
U.S. may have to 'drink poison' on Iran
President Barack Obama and the overstretched U.S. may have to decide whether to settle with Iran on the nuclear issue because that would be better than watching the Middle East descend into chaos.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 13, 2014
Egypt is back on track toward stability, ambassador assures Japan
Hisham El-Zimaity, the Egyptian ambassador to Japan since 2011, expressed hope in changing Japanese people's "negative" view of his country into a much more "forthcoming" one, now that Egypt is striving to restore economic and social stability following the recent turmoil.
EDITORIALS
Jun 11, 2014
Egypt's new pharaoh
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt's Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egypt's new president. His job now is to forge unity in a country deeply divided, and restore trust in a political system that has...
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 6, 2014
U.S. could spare Israel a bad outcome
Until Washington stops its nonmilitary aid to Israel, ends its complicity in Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and instead supports full Palestinian membership in the U.N., the Jewish state will remain locked into self-destruction.
COMMENTARY / World
May 30, 2014
The Palestinian city that Pope Francis missed
For a glimpse of optimism amid the deadlocked Mideast peace negotiations, Pope Francis should have visited the emerging Palestinian city of Rawabi, intended to house light industry, high-tech firms and as many as 30,000 residents.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 29, 2014
Why Hamas joining Fatah is good for Mideast peace
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's personal investment in the Mideast peace process exerts enough leverage to make the Israelis and Palestinians pretend to talk — but not enough to make them agree to something they otherwise don't really want. The Fatah-Hamas rapprochement may be a good thing.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 27, 2014
Israel's dilemma over Putin's move on Ukraine
Israel worries about America's gradual withdrawal from the Middle East, a policy shift that has allowed Russia to regain lost influence there. And Russian President Vladimir Putin's move on Ukraine presented a dilemma for the Netanyahu government.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 15, 2014
When will Netanyahu nail himself to the cross?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not wrong to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, sooner or later, have to stop nailing himself to small crosses (prisoner releases, minor settlement compromises) and move to the big cross: endangering his right-wing coalition to advance to final-status negotiations with the Palestinians.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 8, 2014
U.S. empire beyond salvation
For 25 years, the U.S. has tried to police the world for its own interests and failed. Now, it can't even cut and run from Iraq and Afghanistan because it is too deeply entrenched in the Middle East.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world