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The intellectual battle against ISIS

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed the rise of violent extremism in the Middle East on the West's "strategic blunders". Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani said the solution for the crisis had to come from within the region. He also accused "certain intelligence agencies" of funding groups such as Islamic State (IS)...

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Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using...

Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia says it is sending 600 troops to the Middle East ahead of possible combat operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment, initially to the United Arab Emirates, was in response to a specific US request. Nearly 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to...

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia raises terrorism threat level

Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. The move comes in response to growing concern over the domestic impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Security officials were concerned by the growing number of Australians "working with, connected to or inspired by" Islamist groups,...

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The Middle East Crack-Up

The Middle East Crack-Up

THE horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to a tectonic shift in the Middle East. Almost 100 years after World War I, the regional state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire is unraveling. The contemporary map of the Middle East...

Palestine

THE situation in the Palestinian territories has progressively deteriorated since Benyamin Netanyahu's extreme right Likud Party-led coalition came to power for the third time in March 2013. The main reason for the sufferings of the Palestinians can be summed up under two headings -- disunity among the different factions of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and mounting discord among the members of the League of Arab States (LAS) over major issues, including Palestine. PLO is the umbrella organisation bringing together at least...

Israel 'spied on Kerry'

Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported yesterday. The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry's conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States. Kerry regularly spoke by telephone with high-ranking officials throughout the Middle East during the negotiations...

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

Can there be peace?

Can there be peace?

THAT'S the 24 million dollar question staring in the eye for President Abbas, Premier Netanyahu and the world at large today. There are those in the Middle East who believe that the Palestinian cause is a lost cause. This is a notion that is shared by many beyond the Middle East and the...

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