ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, United States, Europe: these are the names of major actors played by the media in regards to recent upheaval in the Middle East, marked by the rise of the Islamic State. While the international community now weighs its focus on counter-terrorism efforts lead by the US, one question sits in the back of everyone's mind: what about Israel?Read More
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On May 22, 2014 former Congressman Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center, visited UCLA for his talk on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "Is Peace Possible?" All too often, the American public is presented with mixed or biased narratives that result in an incomplete or misinformed understanding of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In order to bolster popular support for the peace negotiations, there needs to be a common understanding of the actual factors that shape the conflict and tenable solutions.Read More
This week in the headlines:
- Syrian Government and Opposition Agree to Meet at Geneva
- Cairo Rocked by Deadly Bombings, Fears of Islamist Insurgency Mount
- Israel Begins Construction on New Settlements in West Bank
- Tunisian National Assembly Approves New Constitution
- Violence in Iraq Forces 140,000 Civilians to Flee
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Since the end of the government shutdown, the big discussion in Washington surrounds the issue of United States sanctions against Iran — specifically, whether another tougher round should be enacted while the P5+1 countries are in the midst of negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. (Photo: varleriy osipov/Flickr)Read More
The Egyptian crackdown on the Gaza tunnels, which began in February 2013, is a symptom of growing anti-Palestinian and anti-Hamas sentiment in Egypt. Although the country has been moving away from Nasser’s vision of pan-Arab nationalism for decades, the distinctly negative portrayal of Palestinians is a new development.Read More
The Middle Easterner introduces the MENA News Guide to help anyone and everyone interested navigate current events in this complex region. The first post starts off with general news, and future posts will cover political blogs, think tanks, polling groups, art, technology, entrepreneurship, women, and more...
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