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The Middle East & Beyond
Middle East Mess
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Good Work If You Can Get It

What do souring U.S.-Israeli relations, the blooming war in Yemen, and the nuclear talks with Iran have to do with each other? A lot, but not in the ways you might think.

The GOP Letter to Iran
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All’s Well That Ends Well?

The GOP Senators’ letter to Iran was a bad, irresponsible move—but it may turn out for the best anyway.

Wishing Does Not Make It So
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The Arms Control Fallacy

No arms control agreement is likely to stop Iran, no matter what people inside and out of the administration would like to think.

The Middle East and Beyond
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How Bad Are U.S.-Israeli Relations?

And how important are they in the grand scheme of things?

Pay it Back
Unforgiven, With Arab Characteristics

Jordan’s King Abdallah trained as a Special Operations soldier as a young man. That may give you some insight into what kind of response ISIS should expect from Jordan in the wake of the immolation of its pilot.

The Middle East and Beyond
What the MSM Is Failing to Tell You

The missing context behind the recent Hizballah attacks on Israel, and ISIS attacks on Saudi Arabia.

About Politics
The State of the Campaign

The State of the Union address had nothing to do with governing, everything to do with political posturing—with a mediated-image twist.

The Crystal Ball
Seven Shocking Possibilities for the Middle East in 2015

Prognostication is always a mug’s game, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Nevertheless, it’s a fun game to play, especially when the subject is a region so poorly understood by the U.S. mainstream media that it frequently gets blindsided by events.

Presidential Language
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Be It Resolved

In the course of an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep released earlier this week, President Obama tried to flatter the Supreme Leader and other assorted higher-ups in Tehran. Will it work?

A Holiday in Poetry and Prose

The story of Hanukah—the “Sunday School” version, and what really happened.

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Vox vs. Obama

Having already united the Israelis and the Saudis, Obama brings together Vox and Fox.

Bottom Line

Gazprom’s net profits plunged 70 percent last year, and 2015 isn’t shaping up any better.

Land of the Rising Gun

A top official of Japan’s ruling LDP government was in Washington, and he made it clear that under the Abe cabinet’s recent “reinterpretation” of Japan’s officially pacifist post-War constitution, Tokyo will not be pulling any punches.

Hail Shale

American oil production grew more in 2014 than it had in over 100 years, and it’s all thanks to fracking.

Religious Freedom Rifts

The misguided furor over Indiana’s religious liberty bill has created more heat than light. The law’s effects would be very modest and far from “anti-gay.”

Middle East Crisis

The worst case scenario becomes increasingly likely.

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