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Qatar’s Support of Islamists Alienates Allies Near and Far

Tuesday 9 September 2014
CAIRO — Standing at the front of a conference hall in Doha, the visiting sheikh told his audience of wealthy Qataris that to help the battered (...)

How to Beat ISIS and Assad

Tuesday 9 September 2014
Former ambassador to Syria Robert Ford says the moderate Free Syrian Army is stronger than you think, and the Assad regime is tottering. Will America give it a push?
Everyone, it seems, is now aboard the Let’s Get ISIS Train, shoveling coal into the engine. That’s understandable, given the two horrifying murders (...)

Iran’s Expanding Military Role in Iraq

Monday 8 September 2014
Despite the loss of a close ally in outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appears ready to move on by offering substantial military support to his successor in Baghdad.
As incoming Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi goes about the business of forming a new government, Iran seems intent on expanding direct (...)

While Still Risky, Military Intervention Against ISIS May Be the Only Good Option

Thursday 4 September 2014
In addition to hitting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the United States should target the Assad regime’s military infrastructure to ensure that Damascus cannot take advantage of the situation.
There are risks when attacking ISIS, but some more manageable than others. If President Obama is serious that the objective now is to "degrade (...)

Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11

Wednesday 3 September 2014
Egypt set for military intervention as Libya spirals toward failed state
In this image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, (...)

Qatar and ISIS Funding: The U.S. Approach

Wednesday 3 September 2014
Alarming ISIS gains in Iraq and Syria present a special opportunity for Washington to work with Qatar on enforcing counter-terrorist financing procedures.
America views its close ally, Qatar, as a terrorist funding trouble spot. Washington has gone so far as to call the small Persian Gulf state a (...)

Saudi Arabia Ups Pressure on Qatar

Wednesday 27 August 2014
The visit of a top-level Saudi delegation to Doha suggests exasperation with Qatari policies.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the visit by Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin (...)

Military Implications of the Syrian Regime’s Defeat in Raqqa

Wednesday 27 August 2014
The latest ISIS victories in northern Syria raise questions about who can prevent further advances, pointing to the potential need for foreign air intervention.
Over the past two months, jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have waged an increasingly successful campaign (...)

How Maliki Broke Iraq

Monday 18 August 2014
Under circumstances analogous to America’s Civil War, Iraqis of all stripes are still trying to make their Western liberal constitution work, so Maliki’s final duty is to withdraw gracefully.
Politico The Nuri al-Maliki era in Iraq appears to be over. I say "appears" because, although the Iraqi prime minister has reportedly told his (...)

Helping Iraq’s Next Prime Minister Seize the Moment

Saturday 16 August 2014
As Abadi’s ratification approaches, Washington should encourage him to swiftly signal his commitment to decentralization, security reform for the Sunnis, and a revenue-sharing deal with the Kurds.
On August 14, outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki officially withdrew his candidacy for reappointment to a third term in order to "to (...)

Saudi efforts to professionalize soccer marred by politics

Monday 11 August 2014
Efforts to professionalize soccer in the Saudi Arabia in advance of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are marred by efforts to maintain political (...)

Israel’s Iron Dome: a misplaced debate

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Back in 2012, Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system was hailed as a real, working battlefield weapon that could shoot down unguided rockets (...)

Qatar invests in Israeli soccer despite Gaza and war of words with Jerusalem

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Qatar is emerging for the second time in a decade as the only Arab state without a peace treaty and diplomatic relations to have invested in (...)

Qatar’s Gaza Motives

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Doha’s involvement in ceasefire diplomacy reflects its ambition for a wider regional role that Washington should challenge.
On July 26, Secretary of State John Kerry stood next to Qatari foreign minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah in Paris during remarks on (...)

In Francis’ Church Pasolini goes to heaven

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano” celebrates Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film "The Gospel According to St Matthew", describing it as “the best film about Jesus ever made in the history of cinema”
GIACOMO GALEAZZI ROME From “intellectual heretic” to father of the Church on the big screen, Pier Paolo Pasolini is now a master illustrator of (...)

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