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The New York Post
The last straw - Pakistan turns against terror -- ‘This is the last straw!”: That’s the message that Pakistanis all across the political spectrum, in a rare show of unanimity, are trying to send after the worst Islamic terror...
By Amir Taheri


The Foreign Policy
Black gold & black swans: where is oil headed next? - - Market fundamentals point to a continued slide in oil prices. But the deck is stacked with jokers, and they're mostly wild
By Keith Johnson


The Daily Telegraph
Iraq crisis: The last Christians of Dora - - Last Christmas in Baghdad? There are just 1,500 Christians left in the suburb of Dora, down from 150,000 a decade ago
By Richard Spencer


The Foreign Policy
The Palesinians decide to roll the dice at the United Nations - - A new Palestinian resolution setting a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal risks a serious rupture with the United States
By Colum Lynch


The New York Times
The embattled dream of Palestine - - A one-state solution? A two-state solution? Any solution?
By Editorial Board


The New York Times
Pakistan's old curse - - There is little doubt that the Peshawar massacre has galvanized Pakistani society. The question is whether it can become a real turning point for a society plagued by violent divisions, culture wars and the strategic prerogatives of a powerful military
By Declan Walsh


Turkey
The Washington Post
The news media crack down in Turkey threatens democracy - - The media crackdown threatens democracy
By Editorial Board

News Analysis
The New York Times
Obama, the least lame president? - - Like Bush's, his last two years might be the best ones
By Ian Ayres & John Fabin Witt

Pakistan
The Foreign Affairs
Pakistan's dark days - - Pakistan's terrorism problem has its roots in a group of draconian laws—known as the blasphemy laws—that a military dictator, Zia ul-Haq, enacted decades ago.
By Amjad Mahmood Khan

IRAQ
The Daily Telegraph
Iraq crisis: The last Christians of Dora - - Last Christmas in Baghdad? There are just 1,500 Christians left in the suburb of Dora, down from 150,000 a decade ago
By Richard Spencer

Israel - Palestinians
The Foreign Policy
The Palesinians decide to roll the dice at the United Nations - - A new Palestinian resolution setting a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal risks a serious rupture with the United States
By Colum Lynch

Israel - Palestinians
The New York Times
The embattled dream of Palestine - - A one-state solution? A two-state solution? Any solution?
By Editorial Board

Analysis
The National Review
Amnesty & English - - Telling immigrants they don’t need to learn English does them no favor
By Josh Gelernter

Essay
The Foreign Affairs
Darkness invisible - - Far from being a "First World problem," mental illness is a global scourge that affects people of all incomes and backgrounds. By 2030, mental disorders will cost the global economy around $6 trillion a year—more than heart disease
By Thomas R. Insel, Pamala Y. Collins & Steven E. Hyman

News Analysis
The New York Times
Welcome back, Cuba! - - Sending in gunmen to liberate the Bay of Pigs failed, but perhaps we'll do better with diplomats, tourists and investors
By Nicholas Kristof

Palestine - U.N.
The New York Times
Palestinians make strides toward draft resolution at U.N. - - After a day of intense lobbying, the Palestinians persuaded Arab diplomats to support a draft Security Council resolution that is aimed at the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank
By Somini Sengufta

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
The death throes of the Pakistani Taliban - - Why the brutal attacks in Peshawar have already backfired against the TTP
By Arif Rafiq

News Analysis
The New York Times
This Israeli ellection matters - - A nation struggles with its identity
By Thomas L. Friedman

China
The New Republic
Don't be fooled by China's cooperation lately, XI Jinping wants to reform the international order - - This week, the country ignored a deadline to submit a response to a case filed by the Philippines in international court that contested Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the South China Sea. For decades, China has staked out a huge swatch of the valuable seascape, ignoring the territorial claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei
By Claire Groden

Focus
The Christian Science Monitor
Building a shared Jeruslem: One design firm takes up the task - - Studio Aya has produced detailed renderings of nearly every key challenge involved in dividing Jerusalem between Israel and the future Palestine
By Christa Case Bryant

Latest News
The Daily Telegraph
EU court orders removal of Hamas from terror blacklist - - Decision to place Palestinian Islamist group on terror list 'not based on sound legal judgements, court finds, though its assets will temporarily remain frozen
By Agencies

News Analysis
The Washington Post
Israel, Palestinians gird for showdown over U.N. resolution on withdrawal - - Palestinians will ask the Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state and end Israeli occupation
By Carol Morello & William Booth

Technology
The New York Times
Innovators of intelligence look to past - - On the heels of his Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Microsoft co-founder launched the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in an effort to advance the field while reaching back to its past
By John Markoff

Argument
The Foreign Policy
A global energy superpower rises - - The big question about America’s energy boom is not how much it will produce, but how much it can export
By Ed Morse

Technology
The washington Post
Get ready for drones - - Sensible regulations can keep airspace safe
By Editorials

Europe & Russia
The Foreign Affairs
How to beat goliath - - An energy union might give Europe more leverage over Russia’s gas monopoly, but it will also be difficult to implement without setting off a diplomatic energy battle between Poland and Germany
By Peter Polak


Opinions
The New York Post
The last straw - Pakistan turns against terror -- ‘This is the last straw!”: That’s the message that Pakistanis all across the political spectrum, in a rare show of unanimity, are trying to send after the worst Islamic terror...
By Amir Taheri

News Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Cuban comrades - - The agreement reached between the Obama administration and the Cuban government is by any measure historic, necessary, and overdue. Yet as the diplomatic rubber hits the road and Cuba continues its precarious transition to a mixed economy, old disputes may take on new forms
By Michael J. Bustanante

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Black gold & black swans: where is oil headed next? - - Market fundamentals point to a continued slide in oil prices. But the deck is stacked with jokers, and they're mostly wild
By Keith Johnson

Analysis
The New Republic
Can potential terrorists be " rehabilitated " - - So it's not that people are recruited into these war zones because of profound beliefs. Rather, groups like ISIS masterfully play off of recruits’ senses of humiliation and powerlessness to convince them the best way to improve their lives, to have real purpose
By Jesse Singal

Israel - Palestinians
The Washington Post
Israeli spy reportedly infiltrates Hezbollah - - An agent of Israel’s Mossad spy agency infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah’s security apparatus and leaked information about the Lebanese Shiite group for several years before being discovered and arrested recently
By Hugh Naylor

News Analysis
The New York Times
Pakistan's old curse - - There is little doubt that the Peshawar massacre has galvanized Pakistani society. The question is whether it can become a real turning point for a society plagued by violent divisions, culture wars and the strategic prerogatives of a powerful military
By Declan Walsh

News Analysis
The New Republic
People who worry the U.S. will ' spoil " Cuba are fetishizing poverty - - When Americans daydream about visiting Cuba before it’s “spoiled,” they're implying that the island today is some kind of paradise. I have been there. It is not a paradise
By Ryan Kearney

Syria
The Daily Telegraph
A million wonded in Syria's war, says WHO - - World Health Organisation's representative to Syria describes toll of conflict and spread of disease, saying a million people have been wounded
By Richard Spencer

Cuba
The Foreign Affairs
Cuba after communism - - Cuba has entered a new era of economic reform that defies easy comparison to post-Communist transitions elsewhere
By Julia E. Sweig & Michael J. Bustamate

Analysis
The National Review
Pakistan's 9/11 - - Will its leaders at last end their dalliance with terrorists?
By Tom Rogan

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
Obama's historic opening to Cuba: A hint of things to come with Iran? - - By restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, President Obama has acted in accord with one of his most deeply-held principles: America must engage its enemies
By Howard LaFranchi

Cuba
The New York Times
U.S. and Cuba. long estranged, will established full relations - - American officials said they will open an embassy in Cuba for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years
By Peter Baker

News Analysis
The New Republic
Israel's rightward lurch won't help Netanyahu keep his job - - Nevertheless, looking at Israeli politics along a single, security-minded right-left axis is a mistake. Israeli indignation with Palestinians, the peace process, and global criticism are powerful factors, but they are not the only factors
By Yeshai Schwartz

Focus
The Christian Science Monitor
Jerusalem crisis: Amid Violence, seeking paths to peace - - The question of how to govern a shared Jerusalem, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, often seems intractable. But many potential solutions are already under consideration
By Christa Case Bryant

Britain - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
Al Sweady inquiry clears British soldiers of murder & torture claimes - - Baseless allegations the product of 'deliberate and calculated lies' from Iraqi witnesses and detainees who were driven by a desire to smear British military
By Ben Farmer

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Shumpeter's heirs - - Entrepreneurs drive innovation and dynamism, which in turn drive growth. So our lead package explores entrepreneurialism today—what it involves, what it accomplishes, and what can be done to spur and profit from it
By Gideon Rose

Analysis
The NewYork Times
Iran's president pledges to face down forces opposing a nuclear deal - - Hassan Rouhani said he was determined to reach an agreement with the West in order to have sanctions lifted
By Thomas Erdbrink

Opinions
The Foreign Policy
All John Kerry wants for Christmas is an Israel without BiBi - - But if the United States plays politics in Israel’s spring election, it’s possible no one will get what they want next year
By Aaron David Miller

Israel - Palestinians
The New York Times
Palestinians seek U.N. vote on Israeli withdrawal from occupied West Bank - - Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to discuss with European colleagues a compromise Security Council resolution that seeks a two-year deadline for negotiations on peace in the region
By Steven Erlanger

Israel - Palestinians
The Christian Science Monitor
Is it time for Israel to talk peace within the region? - - With the shared regional threat of the Islamic State and a nuclear Iran, some top Israeli security officials say now's the time for peace talks with Israel's moderate neighbors
By Christa Case Bryant



    
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