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Iraq’s Lost Generation: Indoctrinated to Hate

Iraq’s Lost Generation: Indoctrinated to Hate

While ISIS has been uprooted from most of Iraq, years of bitter struggles and wars have deprived an entire generation in Iraq.

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Don’t Put Pakistan in the Rearview Mirror

Don’t Put Pakistan in the Rearview Mirror

As President Trump eyes a hardening line towards Pakistan, its clear that somehow my country has ended up in the rearview mirror.

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Jordan Holds Key to Syria

Jordan Holds Key to Syria

As heavy fighting in the city of Hama reminds us of the seemingly endless misery in Syria, a hopeful breakthrough has been overlooked in the media.

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Algeria’s Battle Against Terror

Algeria’s Battle Against Terror

Since the 1990's Islamist groups have emerged in Algeria, but over the years their allegiances and identities have shifted according to geopolitical trends.

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Remembering the Yezidi Genocide

Remembering the Yezidi Genocide

Lasted week, the international community marked the beginning of the Yezidi genocide when on August 3rd 2014, 40,000 Yezidis got stranded on Mount Sinjar.

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Hindu rights activist: “Bangladesh is now infested with ISIS”

Hindu rights activist: “Bangladesh is now infested with ISIS”

Shipan Kumer Basu stated in an exclusive interview that ISIS is on the ascent in Bangladesh and he blames the Bangladeshi government for this reality.

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Who will be the failed state, Iraq or Kurdistan?

Who will be the failed state, Iraq or Kurdistan?

Contrary to certain claims, any objective analysis comparing former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki to Kurdish Prime Minister Nichervan Barzani illustrates that Kurdistan is not destined to be a failed state. An article published in Newsweek claimed that an independent Kurdistan would be a failed state, stressing that ...

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Palestinian in Lebanon denied medical treatment due to his nationality

Palestinian in Lebanon denied medical treatment due to his nationality

In the United States and other free countries across the globe, any person who is born in that country is granted citizenship rights and basic human rights, such as access to healthcare. As the descendent of Sephardic Jewish refugees who fled the anti-Jewish violence that erupted in Greece in the ...

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Hindu Rights Activist: “Bangladesh has a lot to learn from Israel”

Hindu Rights Activist: “Bangladesh has a lot to learn from Israel”

Hindu rights activist Shipan Kumer Basu illustrated that Bangladesh has a lot to learn from Israel and that Israel can play a role in assisting the minority communities within Bangladesh. According to Shipan Kumer Basu, head of the Hindu Struggle Committee, the Jewish people have been persecuted for thousands of ...

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Unrest, uncertainty continues in Morocco

Unrest, uncertainty continues in Morocco

Morocco has long been viewed as a center of stability, with development potential and openness to reform. It has also been a beacon for foreign investment for these regions, considered in many respects an oasis surrounded by a volatile region. Yet in the last month, unusually fervent protests have shaken ...

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Syrian Kurdish Dissident: “America Should Support the Kurdish Independence Referendum”

Syrian Kurdish Dissident: “America Should Support the Kurdish Independence Referendum”

Sherkoh Abbas argues that the Kurdish Referendum for Independence is a golden opportunity for the U.S. to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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Hindu Rights Activist: “Bangladesh Should Establish Diplomatic Relations with Israel”

Hindu Rights Activist: “Bangladesh Should Establish Diplomatic Relations with Israel”

Hindu rights activist Shipan Kumer Basu calls for establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Bangladesh.

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The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

In 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. Will the alliance succeed in pooling its defense efforts?

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The ‘Covfefe’ Coalition to Squeeze Qatar

The ‘Covfefe’ Coalition to Squeeze Qatar

While the diplomatic tension between Saudi Arabia and Qatar existed since the Arab Spring, the break up caught foreign policy experts by surprise.

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Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Iran that killed at least 16 people, some Middle Eastern dissidents believe what happened was an inside job perpetrated by the Iranian regime.

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