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As Extinction Rebellion Heads to the Middle East, OPEC Rejects Climate Crisis Antics

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00am 11/12/2019 at 9:00am
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The climate cult group known as Extinction Rebellion is now taking its city-shutdown antics to the Middle East.

Off-shoots of the group that advocates peaceful protest as a way to pile on pressure to curb global warming are sprouting from Beirut to Doha, as activists in the oil-rich region want governments to...

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Iran’s Decision to Defy Uranium Limits Shows How Bad the Nuclear Deal Was

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 6:00pm 7/3/2019 at 6:00pm
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Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif justified Iran’s violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of  Action (JCPOA) by increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium above the limit set by the deal.

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Was the Failure to Strike Iran Trump’s “Red Line” Moment?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:00pm 6/23/2019 at 7:00pm
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One way of looking at President Donald Trump’s reversal of striking at Iranian targets at the last minute is that it was Trump’s “red line” moment.

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Palestinians Reject Participation in US-Sponsored Economic Forum in Bahrain

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00pm 5/21/2019 at 7:00pm
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Top Palestinian business leaders are following the lead of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and refusing to attend next month’s economic workshop in Bahrain, The New York Times reported Monday.

The report noted the objections of several prominent Palestinian businessmen. Their primary complaint echoed that of the PA: economic incentives cannot replace the...

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Raw Diehl: WaPo Editor Excuses Omar’s Anti-Semitism; Blames Bibi

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:00pm 2/21/2019 at 1:00pm
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Saudi Arabia and UAE sending troops to help Kurds in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 12:00pm 12/23/2018 at 12:00pm
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There have been some intriguing developments related to Syria that are now being reported in the wake of President Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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Bernard Lewis RIP – “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:00am 5/20/2018 at 10:00am
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Historian Bernard Lewis died yesterday at age 101.

The accolades are rolling in.

Jay Nordlinger tweeted:

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Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Dead After House Explosion

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:33am 12/4/2017 at 9:33am
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Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh has died after his house exploded in the capital city of Sana, which has been torn apart from fighting between the government and Houthi rebels. From Reuters:

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with the Iran-aligned Houthi militia raging in the...

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Saudi Crown Prince Calls Iran Supreme Leader ‘New Hitler of the Middle East’

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00pm 11/24/2017 at 2:00pm

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times and offered up some very choice words for Iran’s leader:

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India Bids for Israel’s Offshore Oil and Gas Blocks

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1:00pm 11/16/2017 at 1:00pm
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In what amounts to a significant policy shift, Indian public sector companies are bidding for Israeli offshore oil and gas fields. A consortium led by India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is seeking drilling rights in 24 offshore blocks in Israel’s Mediterranean waters, Indian and Israeli newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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Resounding “Yes” In Kurdish Independence Vote Leads to International Threats

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm 9/26/2017 at 7:00pm
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Iraqi Kurdish leaders have announced that yesterday’s vote for Kurdish independence was a resounding “yes.”

According to the Kurdish Rudaw news outlet’s live results page, as of this writing, 3,440,616 votes have been counted, with 91.83% voting yes.  Final results are expected Wednesday.

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Enormous Turnout for Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:45pm 9/25/2017 at 7:45pm
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Last week, we blogged about today’s Kuridsh Independence referendum.  Yesterday’s Kurdish independence rally attracted an enormous crowd, perhaps foreshadowing nearly 80% of the reported 3.9 million registered voters turning out at the polls today.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE Cut Ties With Qatar

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:30am 6/5/2017 at 8:30am

Officials in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have all announced the countries have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar due to terrorism and extremism. From The Guardian:

The official state news agency, citing an official source, said Saudi Arabia had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with...

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Israel Makes Impressive Security Preparations for Trump Visit

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8:30am 5/10/2017 at 8:30am
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Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are set to visit Israel with Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner later this month as part of a three stop tour of the Middle East.

A massive effort for increased security is already underway in Israel.

The Times of Israel reports:

Frenetic preparations underway for Trump’s Israel visit

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Trump Rebukes Abbas Three Times

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:30am 5/4/2017 at 8:30am
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President Donald Trump appeared to rebuke Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at least three times in their joint statement on Wednesday.

First, at the beginning of his remarks, Trump recalled the Oslo Accords:

Almost 24 years ago, it was on these grounds that President Abbas stood with a courageous peacemaker, then-Israeli Prime Minister...

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VIDEO: Why isn’t there peace between the Palestinians and Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:30am 1/4/2017 at 7:30am
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Prager U‘s latest takes on the Middle East:

The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it’s very simple. Israelis want...

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The REAL history of the BDS movement

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On December 4, 2016, I was a speaker at a national conference sponsored by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), held at Harvard Law School. The conference was co-hosted by HLS Alliance for Israel, and was titled “War By O...

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