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Israel is still strongest military in region and can handle Russia’s incursion

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Norman Bailey Russia is exploiting Western weakness to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, but Israeli interests are not necessarily threatened. Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion, signing huge aircraft sales […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Iran bank’s appeal over 1983 Lebanon attack

Rescuers at the U.S. Marine barracks a day after a suicide truck bomb exploded at the site near the Beirut airport in October 1983. / Zouki / AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Iran’s central bank against a $1.75 billion judgment over a 1983 bomb attack on a U.S. Marines barracks in Lebanon. […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

Boat People

Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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Lebanese minister, Pope Francis warn of ISIL infiltration of refugee flood

"They (smugglers) organize groups (of jihadists) and send them out.”

Special to Lebanon’s education minister said that 1 in 50 Syrian refugees attempting to enter Europe may be terrorists sent by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “You may have, let’s say, two per cent that are radicals,” […]

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Attacks kill dozens in Damascus as Iran’s Zarif arrives to discuss peace plan with Assad

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, meets Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 12. / Hizbullah Media via AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Heavy rebel shelling and government air strikes killed dozens in the Syrian capital just hours before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Heavy […]

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UAE, Turkey, Lebanon stand to benefit from Iran’s economic turnaround after nuke deal

Teheran, Iran

Special to Business interests from UAE, Turkey and Lebanon could benefit greatly as Iran’s economy crawls out from under the heavy burden of international sanctions following the nuclear deal with Western powers. “Lebanon and the UAE would benefit from […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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Before Iran talks resume, map of the Middle East may already have changed

Rebel fighters in Jisr al-Shughour where Assad forces surrendered on April 26. / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to By Norman Bailey The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hizbullah is in confrontation with the […]

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Reports: Israeli air strikes target Hizbullah rocket launchers in Syria

Israeli forces near  Syria in the Golan Heights. / Ariel Schalit / AP

Special to Israeli security officials confirmed heightened tension on the Golan Heights border following Arab media reports of Israeli airstrikes that destroyed Hizbullah rocket launchers on April 26 in the Syrian mountains near Lebanon. Earlier reports said Israeli strikes […]

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Washington group slams N.Y. Times decision to publish Iran foreign minister’s ‘pure propaganda’


Special to Following are excerpts from an April 21, 2015 statement by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth. Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) condemned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s column featured Monday in The […]

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