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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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Syrian Kurdish leader: “Peace is Obtainable by Supporting an Independent Kurdistan”

Syrian Kurdish leader: “Peace is Obtainable by Supporting an Independent Kurdistan”

In an exclusive interview, Syrian Kurdish leader Sherkoh Abbas explained a novel idea for promoting peace between Israel and the Arab world.

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Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

The Islamic Military Alliance, recently supported by Donald Trump, poses a security and economic challenge to the European Union.

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Arab Spring Sequel? Unrest Grows in Morocco

Arab Spring Sequel? Unrest Grows in Morocco

Morocco is not known for political activism or protests. Yet in the last 2 weeks the country has seen the largest popular protests and government backlash since the 2011 Arab Spring.

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Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi leader Mirza Ismail describes how the situation is extremely dire for women and children on Mount Sinjar while the international community and media outlets ignore it.

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Sherkoh Abbas, head of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, warns of the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey and argues in favor of Kurds as better allies for Americans.

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Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Ramadan is a time of selfless devotion and a month of above-ordinary worship when Muslims reflect deeply on all matters of moral significance.

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