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JORDAN: THE GEOPOLITICAL SERVICE PROVIDER by Emmanuel Comolet

An interesting study on Jordan, by the Brookings Institute: (February 2014) http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2014/02/jordan%20geopoltical%20service%20provider%20comolet/arab%20econpaper4comolet%20v2.pdf Editor’s note: What the researchers did not realize: Why is Jordan ‘a island of peace’ among ‘troubled nations’?…

Iraq mayor axes Eid celebrations in Muslim-Christian solidarity bid

Staff writer, Al Arabiya News Sunday, 27 July 2014 The mayor of the southern Iraqi province of Thi Qar has cancelled celebrations for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr…

Iraq crisis: End ‘very near’ for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop of Baghdad

The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has warned the end for Christians in the country appears “very near” as he appealed for help after a deadline set…

Lebanon urges ICC to probe Israel crimes in Gaza, ISIS in Iraq

Summary Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court’s general prosecutor to investigate crimes committed by Israel in its offensive on Gaza and those committed by extremists in Iraq, said…

Islamic State ‘fatwa’ ordering FGM ‘likely to be a hoax’

The Telegraph: by Richard Spencer — A “fatwa” by the extremist group Islamic State ordering women in areas of Iraq under its control to undergo female genital mutilation is now…

The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars GIORGIO BERNARDELLI He refused…

A mark of solidarity with Mosul Christians

Summary The exodus of Christians from the jihadist-controlled city of Mosul has stirred controversy in Christian and Muslim communities alike in Lebanon, with social media having big role in the…

Time is running out for Iraq as nation spirals into chaos

By Erin Evers BAGHDAD, Iraq – Militiamen saunter unchallenged along Baghdad streets with rocket-propelled grenade launchers slung across their shoulders. Neighborhood after neighborhood is being ghettoized and sealed off by…

Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS

BAGHDAD — He’s like a ghost from the nightmare world of Saddam Hussein. Izzat Ibrahim al Douri was for decades one of the Iraqi tyrant’s blood-covered right-hand men and—this is…

Christian exodus from Mosul sparks outrage

Summary Political and religious leaders expressed outrage and demanded action Sunday after ISIS militants drove Mosul’s Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to…

Baghdad blast claimed by Islamic State, suicide car bombs kill 9 people

BAGHDAD — An explosion claimed as a suicide bombing by the Islamic State killed three people on Thursday in the heart of Baghdad and another suicide bomber killed six people…

What the West Can Do If It’s Really Serious About Middle East Peace

by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal A member of the Hashemite Royal Family working to address issues such as regional integration, inter-faith dialogues, water, energy and the human environment…

Iraq names moderate Sunni parliament speaker in move to break political deadlock

BAGHDAD: Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday, a long-delayed first step toward a power-sharing government urgently needed to save the state from disintegration…

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped ISIS take over the north of the country

World View: A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi…

How our region is preparing for suicide

Summary It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas and Yemen, that…

Caliphornia dreamin’

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declares himself leader of all Muslims—who don’t buy it A FEW details looked out of place: the watch on the speaker’s right wrist, a fan whirring behind…

Sistani: Fighters must respect all people’s rights

Reuters DAILY STAR LEBANON BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged fighters Friday to respect the rights of all Iraqis, regardless of sect or politics, after…

Kurds seize Iraq northern oil fields, ministers pull out of government

Reuters BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq: Kurdish forces seized two oil fields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil firm Friday, while Kurdish politicians suspended their participation in Prime…

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