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7 important stories you may have missed while celebrating Thanksgiving

The news doesn't stop just because you're eating turkey and sneaking leftovers.... Read more»

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Texas gov claims terror threat on border

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America's southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success.... Read more»

Analysis

How British promises sowed the seeds of today's Israel-Palestine bloodshed

Gaza and Jerusalem were promised to both the Arabs and the Jews. They're still fighting nearly a century later.... Read more»

Why Latin American diplomats are pulling out of Israel

More and more of the region's governments are yanking their ambassadors out of Israel in protest.... Read more»1

Analysis

Why World War I still matters, 100 years after it began

One hundred years ago, on the morning of June 28, 1914, a slight, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist raised a small pistol. He fired at the motorcade of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie, killing them both and triggering a chain reaction as the world’s empires reacted to the murders. Within 37 days, the world was at war.... Read more»

Analysis

Another hard year ahead for U.S. efforts in Middle East

As US President Barack Obama made abundantly clear in his end-of-year press conference — his body language even more eloquently than his actual language — it's a good year to see the end of. It was a year that most inhabitants of the Middle East are surely glad to see end, though 2014 isn't likely to turn out any better for most of them.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Farley holding health-care town halls

Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Insitute, Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, Pima County Bond Advisory Committee Chair Larry Hecker, state Sen. Steve Farley, Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times and Middle East expert Stephen Zunes... Read more»

Commentary

With a two-state solution dying, isolation looms for Israel

Steadfast US support is a losing bet in the court of world opinion... Read more»

UN recognizes state of Palestine in overwhelming vote

In remarks immediately following the vote, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice contended that the vote "does not establish that Palestine is a state."... Read more»1

FactCheck

Editing Romney’s 'apology' defense

A new ad from Mitt Romney's campaign patches together pieces of Romney's debate defense of his claim that Barack Obama began his presidency on an "apology tour" in the Middle East — leaving out parts that are demonstrably untrue. But even with the benefit of careful editing, Romney's claim falls short of its billing.... Read more»

U.S., Israel pressure Egypt over Gaza opening

The United States and Israel are pressuring Egypt to monitor its border with Gaza to ensure Hamas militants do not use the opening to send weapons into Gaza... Read more»

Israel

Netanyahu calls 1967 boundaries 'indefensible'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech Monday that Israel must be mindful of its security and therefore cannot return to the 1967 borders.... Read more»

Obama, Netanyahu meeting cordial, but tense

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Barack Obama went better than planned, both sides said Friday before emphasizing that differences remained between the two leaders and their visions for Palestinian-Israeli peace.... Read more»

Obama offers aid to Mideast nations

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised new aid to nations that embrace democracy while condemning attacks on demonstrators, notably in Libya and Syria. In a speech meant to define U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama also announced $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt and another $1 billion in loan guarantees for both Egypt and Tunisia. ... Read more»

After tragedy, Freedom Flotilla to try Gaza trip again

In mid-June, volunteers from 22 different humanitarian groups hailing from Europe, Asia and North America will once more, as part of the Free Gaza movement, load cargo ships with aid and activists and attempt to land in the Gaza Strip.... Read more»

No more Mr. Nice Guy

Turkey's prime minister rethinks country's role in Middle East

Uprisings and violent clashes between rebels and government loyalists in neighboring countries are bringing an end to Turkey's 'zero problems with neighbors' policy.... Read more»

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