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All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish – Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise

“Apocalyptic.” “End-of-days strategic vision.” “Beyond anything we have ever seen.” “An imminent threat to every interest we have.” “Beyond just a terrorist group.” “We must prepare for everything.” So are…

Air strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script after James Foley beheading

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 by Robert Fisk, The Indepedent The “caliphate” has some pretty tough theatrical…

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink? For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their…

Islamic State Threat ‘Completely Unprecedented’

Sky News: The threat posed by Islamic State militants, who have seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, is “beyond anything we’ve seen”, according to US Defense Secretary…

British Muslims join MI5 in hunt for Foley executioners

Mainstream Muslim worshippers including parents of suspected British jihadists have vowed to work with police and security services to root out extremists. Rukia Khan, whose 20-year-old son is said to…

Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood

by Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Lebanon Summary The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated…

SMALL ARMS SURVEY REPORT: Syrian rebels have stockpile of anti-aircraft weapons

By Veronica DeVore A just-released report from the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey shows that hundreds of portable anti-aircraft weapons are currently in the hands of rebel groups in Syria and…

Arab press blasts Islamic State militants for tarnishing Muslims worldwide

FoxNews.com: A growing chorus of top Muslim leaders and Arab pundits around the world are strongly condemning the “cancerous” actions of extremist Islamic State militants, saying the ruthless group’s horrific…

Terrorist Group is Fusion of a Quasi-state, Radical Islam

The group calling itself “The Islamic State” continues its drive to conquer and rule a piece of the Middle East. Its violent campaign to spread its extreme form of Islam…

President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray…

Isis brings its war to Lebanon – and it could be key to a masterplan

After all the warnings and all the clichés about a war that would “spill” over Syria’s border, the savage fighters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Sunni Muslim “caliphate” have at last…

One of the oldest Christian communities has been destroyed as the Sunni Caliphate spreads It’s easy to see where the Christians have made political mistakes in the Middle East

by Robert Fisk, The Independent For three years, the Arab revolutions cast “Palestine” and Palestinians to the fringe of memory in the Middle East. And now the new bloodbath in…

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’?…

Exclusive: UK sustained civil war in Syria, says former army chief

Former Chief of General Staff is damning of the British Government’s policy in Iraq and Syria, saying that it helped to sustain civil wars by unleashing forces it did not…

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…

IS Jihadists stone Syria woman to death for ‘adultery’

Middle East online — NGO reports Islamic State has carried out its first sentence of death by stoning against woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of adultery. BEIRUT – Jihadists in…

Syria conflict exclusive: Western aid going to help territory held by Isis militants

Western governments are sending millions of pounds of aid to areas held by the radical Islamic group Isis in northern Syria, The Independent can reveal. The aid, which is paid…

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…

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