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Analysis: Syria, debt ceiling worry has markets questioning Fed taper

Analysis: Syria, debt ceiling worry has markets questioning Fed taper

Until a few days ago, it looked like a sure bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve would announce the beginning of the end of its massive bond buying program in September. Now, investors are less certain. The prospect of Western military action against  Syria  has sent stock...

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Obama’s Guns of August, Opinion by Fred Kablan

Obama’s Guns of August, Opinion by Fred Kablan

  It seems likely that President Obama will bomb Syria sometime in the coming weeks. His top civilian and military advisers are meeting in the White House on Saturday to discuss options. American warships are heading toward the area; those already there, at least one of which had been...

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How Syrian Opposition’s PR is Failing with US Government

How Syrian Opposition’s PR is Failing with US Government

 An article on Saturday from McClatchy News Service points to the extent of the disillusionment of the opposition Syrian National Coalition with Washington, amid continuing US delay in the provision of arms to the insurgency: “The longer the international community takes...

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Obama and Syria: a trail of half-steps, mixed messages

Obama and Syria: a trail of half-steps, mixed messages

As the Syrian civil war deepened and anti-government rebels struggled to unify their fractious forces, the White House early last year quietly convened an elite group of senior policymakers to advise President  Barack Obama . Their unusual mandate: think outside the box on how to...

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Containing the Fire in Syria

Containing the Fire in Syria

The awful conflict in  Syria  grinds on, with more than 100,000 dead and no end in sight. The calls to "do something" - anything - become louder: arm the rebels, enforce a no-fly zone, send in the Marines. Before the  United States  acts, Americans should reflect on the...

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The Renewed Threat of Terrorism to Turkey

The Renewed Threat of Terrorism to Turkey

      For three decades, Turkey’s terrorist threat has been viewed largely through the lens of Kurdish militancy. Yet just as one front closes down,[1] a new hazard has emerged, primarily as a result of the current war in Syria. On May 11,...

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General Failure in Syria

General Failure in Syria

Without the Officers' Support, the Insurgents Can't Win Since the uprising began in Syria more than two years ago, a reported 90,000 people have died, millions have been displaced, and much of the country now lies in ruins. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Syrian leader Bashar...

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The Syrian Revolution Is Not Dead

The Syrian Revolution Is Not Dead

The Syrian Revolution is not dead. It's alive and kicking but very different from the revolution of March 2011. Syrians talk about 3/2011 with fondness -- "the good old days" -- when the villagers faced government soldiers and protested with their voices and banners. They talk about the...

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Why Washington Should Welcome Iran Mediation on Syria

Why Washington Should Welcome Iran Mediation on Syria

This week marked another grim milestone in Syria’s ongoing civil war when the death toll topped 100,000. But as hopes for a peaceful resolution fade, a window of opportunity may have opened with the election of Iran’s new moderate leader, the cleric Hassan Rowhani. ...

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Hezbollah's secret war on Syrian rebels

Hezbollah's secret war on Syrian rebels

The other night I spoke to Alaa al-Sheikh, the Free Syrian Army’s Khaled Bin Waleed Brigade in Rastan, a city that’s home about 25,000 people and lies on the main Damascus-Aleppo highway in the province of Homs. Over the last several months, Rastan has become the frontline in the war...

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Study: Hezbollah is it a Lebanese nationalist organization, or a group more interested in protecting Shiite interests

Study: Hezbollah is it a Lebanese nationalist organization, or a group more interested in protecting Shiite interests

Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political group in Lebanon with a militant wing the United States defines as a terrorist organization. With significant support from Iran and Syria, Hezbollah maintains an extensive security apparatus, political organization, and social services network in Lebanon,...

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 New book reveals how KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 1970s, laying the groundwork for Islamist terrorism against U.S. and Israel

New book reveals how KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 1970s, laying the groundwork for Islamist terrorism against U.S. and Israel

The highest-ranking Soviet-bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West claims in a new book that anti-American Islamic terrorism had its roots in a secret 1970s-era KGB plot to harm but the United States and Israel by seeding Muslim countries with carefully targeted propaganda. Yuri...

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Stumbling Into Syria

Stumbling Into Syria

When historians look back on the American path to war in Syria, two comments by President Obama will stand out. The first was his statement—repeated as a sort of sideline cheer for the Arab Spring—that “Assad must go.” This was a diplomatic error that could not be walked back: it...

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The crowning of the Syrian Islamic Front

The crowning of the Syrian Islamic Front

Hezbollah's victory in Syria in the Battle of Qusair was a wake up call for many pro-Islamist actors in the Arab world. In response, Qatar -- through  Yusef al-Qaradawi  and Al Jazeera as well as key Egyptian Islamic  leaders  -- has gone on the offensive. These players have...

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Arab public is particularly supportive of the Syrian Revolution: 77% supported the departure of Assad

Arab public is particularly supportive of the Syrian Revolution: 77% supported the departure of Assad

On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies announced the 2012/2013 Arab Opinion Index main findings. Conducted annually by the ACRPS, the Arab Opinion Index aims to offer information on Arab public opinion with respect to economic, social and...

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Global peace index 2013: the full list

Global peace index 2013: the full list

  The Global Peace Index for 2013 shows how world peace has changed over time - unsurprisingly, the violent conflict in Syria has had a big impact on the findings The world has become a less peaceful place according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. In their annual report, the...

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US finds Sunni-Shia rift difficult to navigate

US finds Sunni-Shia rift difficult to navigate

A decade after the   United States ’ invasion of Iraq ignited a season of deadly bloodletting between Sunni and Shia Muslims, this ancient divide in Islam is deepening throughout the   Middle East , aggravating political and ethnic tensions, inflaming emotions and...

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Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Now that President Barack Obama has decided that the war on terror has entered a new phase, he plans to devote a greater effort -- in the immortal words of John Lennon -- to giving peace a chance. That shift is already underway. The indefatigable John Kerry seems to be engaged...

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