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The National Review
How Islamic are Muslims - - When Muslims fail to follow Islamic precepts, the problem might be Islam, not that they are bad Muslims
By Daniel Pipes


The Foreign Policy
The eye of storm - - During a lull in the fighting, Gazaís residents returned to assess the damage and came away without hope
By Sharif Abdel Kouddous


The Christian Science Monitor
Attempted evacuation, then shells take 15 lives at Gaza shelter - - Witnesses said more than 1,000 people were in the courtyard of the UN school-turned shelter, waiting for buses to take them to a safer place, when the site was shelled
By Kristen Chick


The Daily Telegraph
Islamic militants destroy historic 14th century mosque in Mousul - - Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine bombed by Islamic militants in latest act of destruction against some of Iraq's most important monuments and holy places
By AP


Iraq Crisis
The New York Times
Let Sunnis defeat Iraq's militants - - Maliki's sectarian rule is what is pulling Iraq apart.
By Rafe Al - Essawi & Atheel al - Nujjaifi

Opinions
The National Review
How Islamic are Muslims - - When Muslims fail to follow Islamic precepts, the problem might be Islam, not that they are bad Muslims
By Daniel Pipes

Killing Field of Gaza
The Foreign Policy
The eye of storm - - During a lull in the fighting, Gazaís residents returned to assess the damage and came away without hope
By Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Iraq Crisis
The Daily Telegraph
Islamic militants destroy historic 14th century mosque in Mousul - - Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine bombed by Islamic militants in latest act of destruction against some of Iraq's most important monuments and holy places
By AP

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
UN report finds Islamic state is undergoing a 'Syrian - ization ' - - A UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria found Syrian rebels were defecting from other armed opposition groups and joining the Islamic State insurgency, a process the investigators called a 'Syrian-ization' of the Islamic State.
By Michelle Nichola

News Analysis
The New York Times
Gaza's mounting death toll - - The fighting is terrorizing innocent people on both sides of the border. It is past time for a cease-fire and for a plan that offers a more stable future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
By The Editorial Boards

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Empty acronyms - - Why the Central African Republic Has Many Peacekeepers, But No Peace
By Angela Meyer & Martin Welz

Iraq Crisis
The Daily Telegraph
Iraq jihadists blow up ' Jonah's tomb in Mousul ' - - Islamic State insurgents destroy reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Bible as Jonah after storming Iraqi city
By AFP

Opinions
The Washington Post
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve - - Yael Even Or is an Israeli journalist and activist who, during her service, evaluated candidates for the recruitment department of the Israeli army. She currently lives in New York City.
By Yael Even Or

Opinions
The Foreign Affairs
Fear & boredom in Vienna - - Vienna's opulent Palais Coburg was originally designed as a palace for Austriaís former Habsburg dynasty. But amid the tense negotiating sessions over the future of Iran's nuclear program, it could sometimes feel more like a prison -- for diplomats and journalists alike
By Hooman Majd

Opinions
The National Review
Pro - Palestinian pundit pillories press - - MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal wonít admit Hamas is winning the media war
By Molly Wharton

News Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
The march of ISIS in Iraq: can pentagon advisors help stop it? - - Despite the collapse of Iraqi defenses in June, there are still 'extremely capable' units in Iraq that the US 'should not write off,' a top State Department official tells Congress.
By Anne Mulrine

Opinions
The New York Post
The farce continues in the latest Iran nuke talks - - The latest round of talks in Vienna on Iranís nuclear program has ended with, guess what, tacit agreement to hold further talks for four more months. Both Iran and the...
By Amir Taheri

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
The slaughter of innocents - - Why collateral damage undoes the best-laid plans of "limited" war makers.
By David Rohkopf

ISIS - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
Al - Qaeda snubs Caliphate by renewing allegiance to Taliban - - New online publication offers first response to rise of the Islamic State as extremist groups tussle for leadership of global jihad New online publication offers first response to rise of the Islamic State as extremist groups tussle for leadership of global jihad
By Rob Grilly

News Analysis
The New Republic
How to save Iraq - - This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis.
By Zalmay Khalilzad & Kenneth M. Pollack

Opinions
The National Review
Property & peace - - The irreplaceable basis for a prosperous and decent society is property
By Kevin D. Williamson

Middle East
The Guardian
Israel & Hamas will struggle to turn Gaza's suffering into tangible gains - - Hamas must ease Gaza's blockade and free prisoners as deaths rise, while Israel must improve security to justify its own losses
By Ian Black

Iraq & Human Rights
The Foreign Policy
Is Iran about to lash out at its dissidents? - - Because the resistance is instrumental in exposing double-dealing by Tehran, it may attack to end dissidents' ability to reveal regime secrets
By Raymond Tanter

Iran Negotiations
The Christian Science Monitor
Iran nuclear talks: Is a comprehensive deal still on the table? - - Iran and five world powers agreed last week to extend by four months a deadline for reaching a final deal aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. But a yawning gulf still has to be bridged
By Scott Peterson


Analysis
The New York Times
An Israeli without illusions - - Israelis must choose peace with the Palestinians - or we'll both keep circling the grindstone of violence
By David Grossman

News Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Gaza & the nuclear negotiations - - The longer the conflict in Gaza continues, the harder it will be to insulate the negotiations from other events in the region -- and that does not bode well for a successful outcome.
By Dalia Dassa Kaye

Killing Field of Gaza
The Christian Science Monitor
Attempted evacuation, then shells take 15 lives at Gaza shelter - - Witnesses said more than 1,000 people were in the courtyard of the UN school-turned shelter, waiting for buses to take them to a safer place, when the site was shelled
By Kristen Chick

Israel - Palestinians
The Guardian
Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject others' ceasefire announcements - - Death toll rises to more than 1,030 as Unicef says 218 children have been killed, two-thirds of them under the age of 12
By Harriet Sherwood

Israel - Palestinians
The Guardian
Israel's fears are real, but this Gaza war is utterly self - fefeating - - Palestinians and Israelis are saddled with leaders who with every move make their people less, not more, secure
By Jonathan Freedland

Iran's Press Freedoms
The Foreign Policy
Iranian authorities arrested U.S. journalist - - Iranís chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed the arrest of the Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi
By Ria Novosti

Iran Negotiations
The Christian Science Monitor
Iran nuclear talks: Is a comprehensive deal still on the table? - - Iran and five world powers agreed last week to extend by four months a deadline for reaching a final deal aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. But a yawning gulf still has to be bridged.
By Scott Peterson

Human Rights
The Guardian
Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 & leaves 200 wounded UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given
By Peter Beaumont

Israel - Palestinians
The New Republic
The Israeli army knew Gaza was a " ticking bomb " before war broke out - - They were even developing a plan to improve conditions there
By Neri Zilber

News Analysis
The National Policy
The end game in Gaza - - Can Netanyahu really demilitarize the Strip without making Hamas a partner?
By Aaron David Miller

Analysis
The Christian Science Monitor
' one blood, one enemy ' : solidarity for Gaza boils in West Bank - - Anger is building in the West Bank amid the ongoing Israeli operation in Gaza, particularly toward Palestinian Authority security forces trying to tamp down demonstrations
By Ben Lynfield

Health
The Guardian
Indian boy has 232 teeth removed - - Surgeons operating on lump in Ashik Gavai's jaw found many 'pearl-like teeth' and a solid 'marble-like' growth
By AFP

Opinions
The National Review
Holding Iran accountable - - As any good negotiator knows, it is only with pressure that the best deals are achieved
By Marco Rubio

Europe & Russia
The Foreign Affairs
The Dutch disaster - - Out to earn a dollar on the Russian natural resource trade, European nations such as the Netherlands have long kept smiling as the Kremlin has continued to humiliate them. But now the airline disaster, combined with Moscowís attempts to cover up its role in the tragedy, will likely force Europe to get real about its eastern neighbor
By Mitchell A. Orenstein

Israel - Palestinians
The Guardian
Lib Dem David Ward refuses to apologise for Gaza Tweet - - MP says he does not condone firing of rockets into Israel but 'I understand why people are so desperate that they are doing it'
By Rowena Mason

Interview & Discussion
The Foreign Policy
A time of unprecedented instability? - - A conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski on today's worldwide turmoil, overstating Iran's near-term nuclear threat, and why a return to global order may rest on the relationship between the United States and China
By David Rothkopf

Israel & Human Rights
The Daily Telegraph
Gaza conflict: a huge population on the move in a tiny enclave - UN fears humanitarian disaster - - The Rohme family now sleep on two mattresses in the bare corridor of a school and are just one example of the increasing number of refugees in Gaza
By David Blair

Analysis
The Foreign Policy - Shadow Government
If there's no nuclear agreement with Iran, what's next? - - Extending the talks is highly desirable to both the Obama administration and the Tehran regime, but for very different reasons.
By G. William Heiser & Amir Fakhravar

News Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
How Hamas won - - Israel's tactical achievements against Hamas can't be minimized. But they do not equal a strategic victory. War, as Clausewitz famously taught, is the continuation of politics by other means. Wars are fought to realign politics in a way that benefits the victor and is detrimental to the loser. But the Israelis have lost sight of this distinction
By Ariel Ilan Roth

Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
Jihadists seize ancient Iraqi monestery & expel monks - - Islamic State fighters order monks to leave fourth-century monastery after issuing ultimatum to Christians to leave, convert, die or pay protection money, local residents say
By AFP



    
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