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" Making Sense of the Palestinian - Israeli conflict " presented by Miko Peled
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The Washington Post
Five reasons Netanyahu should not address congress - - It doesn’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesn’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies don’t go big-footing around in each other’s politics
By Robert Kagan


The New York Times
Netanyahu is talking to leading democrates to little effect so far - - The Israeli prime minister has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats, including Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress
By Carl Hulse & Jeremy W. Peters


The Foreign Affairs
Saudi Arabia & Iran's uneasy friendship - - This might be the year that changes everything in the Middle East. The reason: a possible thaw in Saudi Arabian–Iranian relations
By Yoel Guzansky & Sigurd Neubauer


The Foreign Policy
Can Iran's new U.N. ambassador get Tehran relief from U.N. sanctions? - - Khoshroo has played “an active role in Iran’s nuclear talks” with the United States and other major powers, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and spent time as Tehran’s deputy foreign minister for education and research
By Colum Lynch


The Christian Science Monitor
Are falling oil prices pushing Iran to make risky economic choices? - - Iran may bring back a controversial policy of selling military exemptions to help fill government coffers emptied by lower oil prices and nuclear sanctions
By Scott Peterson


The New York Times
G.O.P.'s invitation to Netanyahu is aiding Obama's cause on Iran - - When Israel's prime minister accepted an invitation to address Congress, it had the unintended effect of helping the president rally Democrats on nuclear talks with Iran
By Jeremy W. Peters


News Analysis
The Washington Post
Five reasons Netanyahu should not address congress - - It doesn’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesn’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies don’t go big-footing around in each other’s politics
By Robert Kagan

Opinions
The New York Times
Can students have too much tech? - - The wired classroom may actually widen the learning gap
By Susan Pinker

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Can Iran's new U.N. ambassador get Tehran relief from U.N. sanctions? - - Khoshroo has played “an active role in Iran’s nuclear talks” with the United States and other major powers, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and spent time as Tehran’s deputy foreign minister for education and research
By Colum Lynch

Opinions
The New York Times
How do we increase empathy - - A column about a buddy who dealt with the consequences of poverty and inequality sparked a conversation about empathy, or the lack thereof
By Nicholas Kristof

Opinions
the Foreign Policy
Some thoughts on how to change the narrative on violent Islamic extremism - - DoD and DoS activities fail to attack the sources of extremist ideology and send the wrong messages to our partners and the global community
By Thomas E. Ricks

Afghanistan
The Christian Science Monitor
After vote, Afghanistan still can't form working government - - Parliament today approved only eight of 25 cabinet nominees. After a year of delay, many nominees fell apart under scrutiny or could not satisfy hurdles like age, education, and anti-communism
By Tom A. Peter

Opinions
The New York Post
Saudi storms - new king faces a world of troubles - - It was with sadness and relief that Saudis last week buried King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, 90, who’d been on his deathbed for weeks. The sadness was prompted by Abdullah’s success...
By Amir Taheri

America & Foreign Policy
The New York Times
A new chapter for America and India - - President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have set relations between their democracies on a deeper path
By Editorial Board

Opinions
The Washington Post
Netanyahu's contempt for president Obama - - Boehner insists that, as speaker of the House, he has the standing to issue an invitation to a foreign leader on his own. That’s debatable. He is, after all, elected by the Republican caucus, not by the full House and not, significantly, by the American people
By Richard Cohen

News Analysis
The New York Times
Wild card in nuclear talks: legislators in U.S. & Iran - - While the House of Representatives weighs whether to impose new sanctions on Tehran, the Iranian Parliament is working on a resolution of its own
By David Sanger

Social Analysis
The New Republic
Why do teen girls in America want to get pregnant? - - U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate and the second-to-lowest teen abortion rate. How to explain the discrepancy?
By Elizabeth Stoker Bruening

Egypt & Human Rights
The Guardian
A year on, my brother Mohammed Soltan is still on hanger strike in Egyptian jail - - Arrested in a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 2013, Mohamed’s imprisonment in appalling conditions continues to form a deep scar in our family memories
By Hanaa Soltan

Middle East - Islamic State
The Daily Telegraph
Islamic State pushed out of Kobane by Kurdish troops after four - month battle - - Kurdish forces take full control of the Syrian town of Kobane, activists in the region report, after four-month battle
By Richard Spencer

Saudi Arabia
The New York Times
Saudis expand regional power as others falter - - Rather than undermine the Saudi dynasty, the chaos across the region after the Arab Spring revolts appears instead to have lifted the monarchy to unrivaled power and influence
By David D. Kirkpatrick

Haiti
The Foreign Policy
Is Haiti backsliding into dictatorship - - With President Michel Martelly now ruling by decree, the political crisis in Port-au-Prince has reached a zenith. Can democracy survive in the Western hemisphere's poorest country?
By Peter Granitz

Analysis
The New Republic
People in neighborhoods with hich incarceration rates are more likely to suffer from depression & anxiety - - Why do high neighborhood incarceration rates cause that kind of damage to community mental health? The researchers found that removing large numbers of people from a community disrupts what they call the “social ecology.” It limits the availability of family and friends to provide the support, comfort, and assistance that helps sustain human mental healt
By Janell Ross

Israel & Internal Affairs
The MSN News
Netanyahu says congress speech needed to warn against Iran deal - - “This is a poke in the eye” of the Obama administration, “and ultimately a blow to Israel,” said lawmaker Shelly Yachimovich of the opposition Labor party. “In exchange for giving a campaign speech, Netanyahu is prepared to hurt our relationship with the U.S.,” Yachimovich said today on Israel Radio
By Calev Ben - David

Israel - American Foreign Policy
The Daily Telegraph
Benjamin Netanyahu attacked by Fox News over U.S visit - - Right-wing channel accuses Israeli premier of "dicey politics" for arranging speech to US congress behind the back of President Barack Obama
By Robert Tait

Analysis
The Washington Post
Netanyahu's planned speech to congress strains U.S. ties, no meeting with Obama - - House Speaker John A. Boehner invited the Israeli leader to speak to Congress amid a heated debate over whether new sanctions, to be imposed if talks fail, would scuttle tenuous negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program
By Greg Jaffe

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Despite new knig, US - Saudi relations likely to see more continuity than change - - Continuity and stability are two attributes that Washington will be looking for as the Saudi transition adds one more element of doubt to a region racked by turmoil.
By Howard LaFranchi


Analysis
The New York Times
Netanyahu is talking to leading democrates to little effect so far - - The Israeli prime minister has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats, including Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress
By Carl Hulse & Jeremy W. Peters

News Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Saudi Arabia & Iran's uneasy friendship - - This might be the year that changes everything in the Middle East. The reason: a possible thaw in Saudi Arabian–Iranian relations
By Yoel Guzansky & Sigurd Neubauer

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Are falling oil prices pushing Iran to make risky economic choices? - - Iran may bring back a controversial policy of selling military exemptions to help fill government coffers emptied by lower oil prices and nuclear sanctions
By Scott Peterson

News Analysis
The New York Times
G.O.P.'s invitation to Netanyahu is aiding Obama's cause on Iran - - When Israel's prime minister accepted an invitation to address Congress, it had the unintended effect of helping the president rally Democrats on nuclear talks with Iran
By Jeremy W. Peters

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
How to stop the bleeding in Syria - - Syria's civil war will end not with surrender but with a negotiated political solution, since no single actor or group of actors has the firepower to overwhelm its opponents. It's time, then, to start mapping out a peace deal
By David C. Litt

Israel & Human Rights
The Daily Telegraph
Israel's Gaza house bombing policy illegal, human rights group says - - Israeli group B'tselem accuses the country's leaders of breaching international law by attacking dwellings during last summer's war, causing huge numbers of casualties
By Robert Tait

Nigeria - Democracy
The Foreign Affairs
Good luck, Jonathan - - Americans tend to think of elections as the apex of democracy. But in some cases they are the opposite. In countries with weak democratic cultures and lax rule of law, elections can be destabilizing. Nigeria, which will hold elections next month, is a case in point
By John Campbell

Israel & Human Rights
The Daily Telegraph
Hundreds of thousands of children shell - shocked after the war in Gaza - - More than 370,000 children have been left shell-shocked by last year's Israeli attack on Gaza
By Robert Tait

Latest News
the New York Times
C.I.A. officer is found guilty in leak tied to Times reporter - - The case revolved around a C.I.A. operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with intentionally flawed nuclear component schematics. Mr. Risen revealed the operation in his 2006 book, “State of War,” describing it as a mismanaged, potentially reckless mission that may have inadvertently aided the Iranian nuclear program
By Mat Auzzo

Saudi Arabia - Foreign Policy
The New York Times
Saudi succession hints at shift in foreign role - - Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the new deputy crown prince, embodies Saudi Arabia’s shift to a more assertive foreign policy, analysts say
By Ben Hubard & David D. Kirkpatrick

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
A pipeline for war - - Israel's new-found gas deposits are being touted as a lifeline for peace in the Middle East. But two recent energy deals in the region are likely to cause more conflict
By Tareq Baconi

Israel & Internal Affairs
The Guardian
Israel expels 43 intelligence veterans who refused to spay in Palestinan territories - - Army Radio says 43 soldiers barred from top electronic surveillance unit for ‘acting inappropriately’
By Reuters

News Analysis
The New York Times
The mill of Muslim radicalism in France - - French prisons have become a breeding ground for Islamist extremism partly because they mistreat the Islamic faith
By Farhad Khosrokhavar

America - Internal Affairs
The New Republic
Republicans know their Obama care case is bogus. Here is the proof - - When Republicans took over the House in 2011, the political environment in Congress changed dramatically. Obamacare couldn’t be repealed, but it became fair game for damaging modifications, and the GOP took aim at it and other domestic spending programs whenever opportunities to offset the cost of new legislation arose.
By Brian Beutler

Africa
The Christian Science Monitor
Africa's quiet solar revolution - - The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa – and leapfrog the fossil fuel era
By Lorena Galliot

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Egypt's generation lost - - Why fixing a broken education system is one of the biggest challenges facing President Sisi
By Sarah El - Shaarawi

Saudi Arabia
The Christian Science Monitor
King Abdullah on ' advocate of women ' ? what he did & didn't achieve - - IMF Chief Christine Lagarde applauded the late Saudi monarch's record on women's rights, such as granting women the right to vote in the notoriously conservative kingdom. Yet many human rights advocates say his work didn't go far enough
By Michel Holtz

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Can Saudi Arabia's new king manage a restive Middle East? - - King Abdullah spent his life trying to keep the Middle East stable
By Elizabeth Dickenson

News Analysis
The New York Times
Playing politics on Iran - - House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel defies diplomatic norms and common sense
By Editorial Board

Yemen
The Daily Telegraph
Thousands of Yemenies stage anti - Houthi protest - - Thousands of Yemenis take to the streets of Sanaa in largest demonstration against Houthis since the militiamen overran the capital in September
By Reuters



    
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