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Desperate Netanyahu Sticks to Old Lies  
The repeated mistake Netanyahu makes — or perhaps it is a deliberate lie — is to see any movement or rhetoric in the Middle East that references Islamic values as a dangerous threat.
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Palestine’s Moral Force Needs Diplomatic Power  
Abbas is making decisions on his own without consulting widely among all Palestinians, and he is using the ICC as a threat, when it should be a central component in any Palestinian strategy that seeks to hold Israel accountable to the international rule of law.
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Creating or Evading the Gates of Hell?  
Three principal developments in and around the Arab world: The combined American-Arab Gulf states air strikes in Syria, the control of the Yemeni capital by Houthi rebels, and the meeting in New York between the Saudi Arabian and Iranian foreign ministers.
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Shameful Hamas-Fateh Behavior Must Stop  
That Hamas and Fateh do not consummate a unified Palestinian government does not only reflect irresponsibility and incompetence on their part, but in view of the difficult context for Palestinians as a whole it is nothing less than a crime.
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The Reluctant Posse  
It is not surprising that when the threat becomes really serious, Arab leaders wait for the United States to save their skins.
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The United States Heading for a Crash  
The people of the Middle East want to run their own show, not fulfill a U.S. vision of what's said to be good for them.
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Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come  
Several troubling aspects of the American-led military plan to defeat the “Islamic State”
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Polarization and Solidarity Coexist in Arab Societies  
Why is it that otherwise rational men and women cannot sit down together and hammer out agreements on fair power-sharing, representation, decision-making, and accountability?
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We Do Not Need a Rerun of the War on Terror  
The GWOT, with its armed invasions, regime changes, drone fleets and other means, has only sustained and even expanded the Al-Qaeda/“Islamic State” phenomenon, because the twin drivers of Arab-Asian autocracy and foreign aggression remain virtually untouched.
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Strengths and Weaknesses in the Palestinian Initiative  
Abbas is behaving more like a parent who promises his or her children a birthday surprise than a responsible leader who has been handed responsibility for the fate of some eight million Palestinians entering their fourth generation of exile, occupation and refugeehood.
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