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The Washington Post
Iran claims $100 Billion now freed in major step as sanctions roll back - - Tehran also said the country has rejoined an international banking network
By Brian Murphy


The New York Times
Battered by war, Iraq now faces calamity from dropping oil prices - - The country, which depends on oil for 90 percent of its revenue, faces crippling budget cuts and increasing difficulty paying government workers
By Tim Arango


The Foreign Affairs
Back to Lebanons future - - The Political Revival of the Countrys Christians
By Bilal Y. Saab


The Washington Post
The dangerous deficits our candidates are not talking about - - They are playing Russian roulette with the nations future
By Robert J. Samuelson


The Foreign Affairs
Is innovation over? - - The Case Against Pessimism
By Taylor Cowen


The Foreign Policy
The United States should admit it no longer has a Middle East policy - - If the current — and future — U.S. administration wants to battle the Islamic State, save Syria, and keep ties with Israel, it’s got to ditch the Cold War playbook
By Stephan M. Walt


The New York Times
Moderates under pressure in Iran - - Next months elections do not bode well for Iranians eager for more political and social freedoms
By The Editorial Board


The Christian Science Monitor
In Tunisia, the sole Arab Spring success, economic woes reignite unrest - - Five years after a Tunisian street vendor set himself afire and touched off a revolution, the country is still struggling with joblessness and unmet economic expectations
By Howard LaFranchi


           
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Iran - Economic Opportunities
The Washington Post
Iran claims $100 Billion now freed in major step as sanctions roll back - - Tehran also said the country has rejoined an international banking network
By Brian Murphy

Lebanon
The Foreign Affairs
Back to Lebanons future - - The Political Revival of the Countrys Christians
By Bilal Y. Saab

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Is innovation over? - - The Case Against Pessimism
By Taylor Cowen

Iran Election
The New York Times
Moderates under pressure in Iran - - Next months elections do not bode well for Iranians eager for more political and social freedoms
By The Editorial Board

Israel & Human Rights
The Daily Telegraph
Palestinian journalist, is close to death, after 65 days hunger strike in Israeli custady - - Mohammed al-Qiq is starving himself after being detained without charge by Israeli security force
By Raf Sanchez

Latest News
The Daily Telegraph
Iranian released in prisoner exchange finds fault with its handling - - Nader Modanlo, released by the United States this month in a prisoner exchange with Iran, was reluctant to accept the deal because it required him to abandon an appeal of his conviction
By Rich Gladstone

Turkey
The Washington Post
Thousands flee mainly Kurdish district in Turkey - - Thousands of people fled a district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday after authorities fighting Kurdish militants there expanded a 24-hour curfew to include five more neighborhoods
By Suzan Fraser

News Analysis
The New York Times
Friends and refugees in need - - A tidal wave of people threatens to overwhelm our top ally, the E.U
By Thomas L. Friedman

Analysis
The Guardian
Can a former kingmaker make a comeback in Iran? - - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been authorized to run for the Assembly of Experts, a body charged with choosing the next leader. Bridging reformists and conservatives, the former president has emerged as a central figure in the new ‘moderate’ camp
By Denise Hassanzade Ajiri

Iran - Economic Opportunities
The New York Times
Irans sanctions lift and the West goes to talk business - - Airbus orders, likely to be partly financed with loans from European export-credit agencies, could be announced as early as this week, an official said
By Nicola Clark and Clifford Krauss

Israel & Human Rights
The Guardian
Netanyahu has taken Israels crackdown on Jewish dident to a new low - - The Israeli PM’s spat with US ambassador Dan Shapiro shows a government intent on suppressing and delegitimising any leftist anti-occupation sentiment
By Mairav Zonszein

Iran - China
The New York Times
China deepens its footprint in Iran after lifting of sanctions - - One reason for China's engagement is that a stable Afghanistan could become a critical transportation hub and market for Chinese goods
By Thomas Erdbrink

News Analysis
The New York Times
U.S relies heavily on Saudi money to support Syrian rebels - - A joint arming and training program between the C.I.A. and Saudi Arabia reflects the enduring alliance between the nations even as their relationship and the kingdom's place in the region are in flux
By Mark Mazzetti & Matt Apuzzo

Syrian Refugees
The Daily Telegraph
Why Syrian refugee children still draw pictures of hope - - For the children stranded in the Jordanian desert camps, the trauma of warfare is raw - but they believe in a brighter future
By

Iran - Internal Politics
The Christian Science Monitor
Iran election briefing - Islamic republics fundamental tensions laid bare - - In the run-up to late February elections for parliament and a body that could pick the next supreme leader, the battles parallel the divide between religious and electoral power
By Scott Peterson

Analysis
The Washington Post
Kerry - corruption destroys faith in authority, leads to extremism - - Speaking at Davos, the secretary of state said government corruption is a security threat that has fostered civil unrest throughout the world
By Carol Morello

Analysis
The New York Times
The anuxieties of impotence - - The sense of powerlessness that is sweeping our nation and the world can only be addressed by rebuilding our institutions
By David Brooks

News Analysis
The Daily Telegraph
How the migration crisis is a strain on Europes democracies - - As hundreds of thousands of migrants made their way to Europe, their arrival and EU's reaction highlighted how the fabric of European integration is fraying, according to a new report. Click on our interactive map to find out more about the state of democracy in Europe and beyond
By Raziye Akkoc

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Rouhanis moment of truth - - How the Coming Assembly of Experts Vote Could Shape Iran's Future
By Kevjn Lim

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Iran, Cuba, and the supreme court - - How Terrorism Restitution Cases Limit U.S. Foreign Policy
By Julius Taranto


IRAQ
The New York Times
Battered by war, Iraq now faces calamity from dropping oil prices - - The country, which depends on oil for 90 percent of its revenue, faces crippling budget cuts and increasing difficulty paying government workers
By Tim Arango

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The dangerous deficits our candidates are not talking about - - They are playing Russian roulette with the nations future
By Robert J. Samuelson

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
The United States should admit it no longer has a Middle East policy - - If the current — and future — U.S. administration wants to battle the Islamic State, save Syria, and keep ties with Israel, it’s got to ditch the Cold War playbook
By Stephan M. Walt

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
In Tunisia, the sole Arab Spring success, economic woes reignite unrest - - Five years after a Tunisian street vendor set himself afire and touched off a revolution, the country is still struggling with joblessness and unmet economic expectations
By Howard LaFranchi

Iran - Intern. Business
The Guardian
Irans dealmaking with Europe -- The seven biggest contracts - - Deals worth nearly €40bn were struck during the Iranian president’s four-day visit to Europe after the lifting of sanctions
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs - -
The truth about sectarianism - - Behind the Various Strands of Shia-Sunni Discord
By Jacob Olidort

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Refugees do not need your pity - - In a world where 1 in 7 people are displaced, your kindness is just condescension
By Anna Badkhen

Israel - Settlements
The Daily Telegraph
Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Ban Ki - moon of justifying terrorism - - UN Secretary-General says occupation is often the incubator of extremism, sparking Israeli prime minister's anger
By AFP

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Ankaras failure - - How Turkey Lost the Arab Spring
By Jonathan Schanzer & Merve Tahiroglue

Israel - American Foreign Policy
The Christian science Monitor
Facing threats & opportunity, Israel forges Mediterranian alliance - -

Israelis who once had their backs to the water are looking to the eastern Mediterranean to find partner countries to exploit natural gas reserves and bolster Israeli security


By Jashua Mitnick

Egypt
The Foreign Policy
Egypts silent anniversary - - An unprecedented crackdown has the countrys liberal activists reconsidering everything
By David Kenner

Iran - Post Sanctions
The Guardian
Hassan Rouhani in first Europe Visit by Iranian president in 16 years - - Rouhani will meet the pope and the French and Italian leaders on a trip that aims to re-establish economic ties after sanctions
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Opinions
The New York Post
Obama just made Irans brutal regime stronger - - Evident victory, This is how Iranian President Hassan Rouhani describes the diplomatic swindle, known as the - Iran nuclear deal - The Koranic term (in Arabic Fatah al-Mobin) refers to one of...
By Amir Taheri

Iran - Intern. Business
The Guardian
Iran plans to buy 114 Airbus plans - - Transport minister says government will discuss deal with Airbus next week and is also interested in buying from Boeing
By Reuters in Tehran

Egypt & Human Rights
The Daily Telegraph
This regime is more violent than Mubarak - - Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution began on January 25, 2011. Five years after Hosni Mubarak was toppled, families of detained activists say there is even less freedom than before
By Magdy Samaan & Richard Spencer

Refugees
The Foreign Affairs
Inside out - - How to Help Internally Displaced Refugees
By Beth Mitchneck

Syria & Middle East
The Foreign Policy
U.N. envoy signals that Riyadh is obstructing Syrian peace talks - - Saudi Arabia is sidelining the diplomat charged with ending the brutal Syrian civil war — and complicating the push toward a deal
By Clum Lynch

Middle East
The Guardian
Iraqi Kurdistan president - Time has come to redraw Middle East boundries - - Massoud Barzani claims era of Sykes-Picot is over and a new international agreement is needed for the Middle East
By Martin Chulov

News Analysis
The Washington Post
The hazards of real - time foreign policy punditry The dangers of reading too much into the immediate foreign policy moment
By Daniel W. Drezner

Analysis
The New York Times
Mr. Obamas wise call on a prisoner swap - - The Iran case showed that the use of diplomacy was the best course
By The Editorial Board



    
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