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Are Saudi Arabia and Israel Coming Together Over Syria and Iran?

Both want Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions, and both see Syria as a key battlefield.

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Why the Geneva Peace Conference Will Not Help Syria

The Syrian people stand not to benefit from the upcoming conference.
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Iraq's Sunnis and Shia Agree On This One Simple Thing

Influential religious figures across Iraq appear to be united in their efforts to end sectarianism.
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What the Azerbaijan Elections Mean For Ethnic Tensions in Iran

Ilham Aliyev's was re-elected as president of Iran on Wednesday, and begins a term already filled with regional conflict.
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Ilham Aliyev Has Won Azerbaijan's Election, and It Hasn't Even Been Held Yet

Ilham Aliyev won with 72.6% of the vote before anyone even voted, according to prematurely leaked results from the Central Elections Commission.

3 Pairs Of Pants That Prove Netanyahu Doesn't Understand Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu thinks young Iranians can't wear jeans, listen to Western music, or vote. Those same youth took to Twitter to prove him wrong.

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Meet the Syrian Women Who Aren't Afraid to Face Assad

We interviewed Aisha, an activist from central Syria who told us about the terrifying challenges faced by the women who oppose Assad — and how they're not backing down.
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Iran News: Iranians Are Ready to Work With U.S.

A meeting between John Kerry and the Iranian minister of foreign affairs last week went well. Is this the first sign that relations will improve?
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One Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict No One is Talking About But Should

Ten years after his death, professor Edward Said's thoughts on Israel-Palestinian relations are more relevant than ever.

3 Ways Bashar al-Assad Uses Female Sex Appeal in Propaganda

Women have become political players in unsuspecting ways during Assad's reign in Syria.
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Syria Ceasefire: Here's Why You Shouldn't Trust the Regime's Offer

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil told the Guardian that the civil war was ripe for a "ceasefire." But there's ample reason to be a little more than skeptical.

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5 Ways Obama and Rouhani Can Improve U.S.-Iran Relations

Recent correspondence between Iranin President Rouhani and President Obama reveal that the two might meet in person. This rare meeting could have huge implications.
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Iran Threatens Retaliation For U.S. Strike On Syria

The U.S. has intercepted messages from Iran that indicate Americans may become a target in the Middle East if the U.S. intervenes in Syria.
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How Iran Accidentally Acknowleged Syria Gassed Its Own People

Iran's Labor News Agency edited a quote by former president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani who'd acknowledged the Syrian government was behind the chemical attacks.
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Rand Paul Doesn't Want U.S. Attacking Christians in Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks against U.S. intervention in Syria by saying he would not his sone or anyone else's to fight for a stalemate.
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War With Syria: Intervention Must Happen Immediately

As violence escalates in Syria, there is no excuse for the U.S. to not intervene.

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Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: Why It Won't Change Russia's Mind

Russia has encouraged the Syrian government to allow UN weapons inspectors into the country in the aftermath of a chemical attack. But Russian support for the Assad regime isn't going to end.
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The CIA Just Admitted It's Responsible For Everything Wrong With Iran

In 1953, Iran's democratically-elected secular government was overthrown to maintain British access to oil supplies. This weekend, the CIA admitted it's respnsible.

Why Are Egypt's Christians An Easy Target?

Christians have had a presence in Egypt longer than they've had one in Europe. But when crisis comes, they're often the first to get the blame. Why?
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Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means Nothing

Israel is releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of the preconditions for a new round of peace talks. But they're not releasing anyone important.