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Simin Behbahani -- Iranian Poet known as 'Lioness of Iran'
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The Guardian
Ken Loach calls for cultural boycott of Israel - - The British film-maker wants an ‘absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state’ and has labelled the US a ‘bully’ at the Sarajevo film festival
By Catherine Shoard


The New York Times
Simin Behbahani, outspoken Iranian powt, dies at 87 - - Ms. Behbahani touched on sensitive topics in her poems, often upsetting Iranian authorities
By Douglas Martin


The Washington Post
No time to lead from behind - - But narrowing your objectives doesn’t actually narrow your problems. And denial and delay may greatly complicate such problems
By Michael Gerson


The Daily Telegraph
Isil besiege town amid fears of repeat massacre - - Hardline Islamists are surrounding the town of Amerli – sparking concern for the safety of the 18,000 Shia Turkmen residents, and fears of a repeat of the Mount Sinjar massacre
By Harriet Alexander


Opinions
The Washington Post
Could America accept another FDR? - - As fascism strengthened in 1939 and 1940, FDR took Americans� �war-weariness� as a challenge, not a final answer
By Fred Hiatt

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Why the world needs get ready for the next generation of slums - - The growth of slums is a bit like climate change: We know it's happening. We know it's important. But no one, so far, seems to have much of a response
By Prachi Vidwans

News Analysis
The New Republic
History's lesson for the Middle Est: When superpowers leave, stability dosn't follow - - When one looks to the historical record of western involvement in the modern Middle East, what one finds is not some sort of uncracked code but a tragic cycle: interference giving way to extrication, in which external powers attempt to cordon off the region so that history can do its work.
By John Bew

Killing Field of Gaza
The Daily Telegraph
Israel increases bombardment of Gaza as huge bombsdestroy buildings - - The Israeli army pledged to escalate their pounding of Gaza as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Palestinian civilians to vacate where militants operate
By Robert Tait

In Memoriam
The New York Times
Simin Behbahani, outspoken Iranian powt, dies at 87 - - Ms. Behbahani touched on sensitive topics in her poems, often upsetting Iranian authorities
By Douglas Martin

ISIS The Face of Evil
The Guardian
' Apocalyptic ' ISIS beyond we have seen, say U.S defence chiefs - - Senior Pentagon officials describe militants as ‘apocalyptic’ group that will need to be defeated but maintain limited strikes are sufficient
By Spencer Ackerman

IRAQ
The Guardian
Iraq mosque attack deirails effort to form government - - Strike that killed scores threatens efforts to form new government amid Isis advance, as US describes James Foley murder as terrorist attack
By Kevin Rawlinson

Opinions
The Washington Post
Will the U.S. fight for a Middle East where minorities can thrive - - Somewhere in the afterlife, Mullah Mustafa Barzani, the eagle of the Zagros Mountains, is smiling
By Jim Hoagland

News Analysis
The New York Times
U.S. general says riding Syria is key to halting ISIS - - Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was circumspect in describing the sort of broad effort that would be required to roll back ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
By Michael R. Gordon & Helene Cooper

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
No middle road - - As Arab governments become increasingly authoritarian, the region's middle classes will confront a choice: cast their lot with the ruling elites or stand up to the government and risk their social and economic standing.
By Tarek Osman

Opinions
The Washington Post
Permanent cease - fire may require Palestinian authority's - - Bringing it back to Gaza may help peace
By Samuel R. Berger & Stephen J. Hadley

Energy
The New Republic
All of the U.S.'s new electricity in july came from renewables - - That means zero percent from coal
By Rebecca Leber

Iraq - Kurdistan
The Foreign Affairs
On - agan, off again alliance - - Geography and realpolitik have been cruel to the Kurds. Divided among four countries, they have been easy prey for anyone willing to engage in mischief and machinations in the region -- and engage the United States has
By Henri J. Barkey

Iran Negotiations
The Brookins
An open letter to the Iranian negotiating team - - A blog about politics in Iran and policy toward Iran, written by Brookings experts
By Robert Einhorn

Opinions
The New York Times
Will the end, will the means - - Some important questions have gone unanswered in the Syria blame game
By Thomas L. Friedman

Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Is Barak Obama more of a realist than I am? - - This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts
By Steven M. Walt

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
Dysfuntion junction - - American politics today are a mess, and since the distraction and paralysis of the world’s hegemon has such obvious global significance, we decided to turn our focus inward, exploring the sources and contours of the American malaise
By Gideon Rose & Jonathan Tepperman

ISIS - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
U.S. journalist James Foley ' beheaded by IS ' - - Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Intelligence agencies are trying to identify masked killer, who has a British accent, as Foley's mother says 'he was an extraordinary son' Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley
By Jessica Winch

Opinions
The New York Post
Obama's discrete answer to Iraq chaos - - Will the Obama administration’s military intervention in Iraq be “discreet” or “discrete”? That is, does it mean to keep a low profile to avoid offending anti-interventionism at home, or is...
By Amir Taheri

Gaza/ Rebuilding Cost
The Foreign Policy - -
How many tons of cement will it take to rebuild Gaza? - - In the ruins of the Strip, the devastation has spared no one
By David Kenner


News Analysis
The New York Times
Should the U.S. work with Assad to fight ISIS? - - Is the militant group such a threat to the United States that working with the despised Syrian dictator would be in the national interest?
By

Argument
The National Review
Immigration judge sues justice department for anti - Iranian discrimination - - Iranian-American judge believes Iranians are not white; claims Holder DOJ disciplined her for being a proud Persian
By Ryan Lovelace

Analysis
The Foreign Affairs
America in decay - - The problems with American politics today stem from the basic design of U.S. political institutions, exacerbated by increasingly hostile polarization. Unfortunately, absent some sort of major external shock, the decay is likely to continue for the foreseeable future
By Francis Fukuyama

Israel & Human Rights
The Guardian
Ken Loach calls for cultural boycott of Israel - - The British film-maker wants an ‘absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state’ and has labelled the US a ‘bully’ at the Sarajevo film festival
By Catherine Shoard

News Analysis
The Washington Post
No time to lead from behind - - But narrowing your objectives doesn’t actually narrow your problems. And denial and delay may greatly complicate such problems
By Michael Gerson

ISIS - Middle East
The Daily Telegraph
Isil besiege town amid fears of repeat massacre - - Hardline Islamists are surrounding the town of Amerli – sparking concern for the safety of the 18,000 Shia Turkmen residents, and fears of a repeat of the Mount Sinjar massacre
By Harriet Alexander

Investment for Future
The Washington Post
Rebuilding America, one bridge at a time - - This country needs to invest and grow again
By Flex G. Rohatyn & Peter C. Goldmark Jr.

Opinions
The Washington Post
Battling a new devil - - We are on the right course against the Islamic State
By David Ignatius

Opinions
The Foreign Policy
Nato's brave new world - - With crises brewing in Ukraine and the Middle East, the transatlantic alliance needs a shot of fresh energy
By James Stavridis

Syria
The Guardian
Syrian civil war death toll rises to more than 191,300, accoring to UN - - Human rights office says figure includes additional killings from earlier periods as well as deaths since last report in July 2013
By AP - Geneva

News Analysis
The Foreign Policy
Welcome to extremistan - - The threat and promise of the fracturing of the Middle East
By David Rothkipf

Energy
The New Republic
All of the U.S.'s new electricity in july came from renewables - - That means zero percent from coal
By Rebecca Leber

Analysis
The New York Times
Why Jews are worried - - Europe isn't on the cusp of another Holocaust. But the situation is still pretty bad
By Deborah E. Lipstadt

Afghanistan
The Washington Post
Fear rising as Afghan political deadline nears - -
By Pamala

Human Rights - World
The New York Times
Who will stand up for the Christians? - - People are getting killed because of their beliefs. Jews have a duty to speak up
By Ronald S. Lauder

Israel - Palestinians
The New Republic
Stop giving money to the U.N.'s relief agency for Palestinians - - It's the best hope for a Palestinian state
By Alexander Joffe & Asaf Romirowsky

ISIS The Face of Evil
The National Review
A man of courage & ISIS's face of evil - - James Foley stared down a death cult.
By Tom Rogan

Killing Field of Gaza
The Guardian
Hamas leader's wife & child reported killed as Gaza war resumes - - Israel targets Hamas-affiliated TV station as Hamas claims air strike was attempted assassination of Mohammed Deif
By Harriet Sherwood & Patrick Kingsley

Analysis
The New York Times
Ambivalence about America - - Even as Europeans rage at the United States, they love its products.
By Roger Cohen

IRAQ
The Foreign Affairs
Meet the new boss - - Haider al-Abadi, selected to be Iraq’s new prime minister, is already being hailed as a potential savior for his country. But the system of power sharing that resulted in his appointment is part of the reason that Iraq’s politics are so turbulent in the first place
By Kevin Russell



    
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