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One Thing Major Media Hid From You During the Debate on Syria

How can we hold unelected officials responsible for their influence?

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Turkey's New Headscarf Law Exposes Secularists to Be Naive Or Paranoid

Turkey's secularists are divided over their country's new headscarf law, but both sides need to shift in the debate.
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The One Thing Everyone is Forgetting About Syria's Refugees

Anyone who's been following the conflict in Syria knows about the country's refugee problem. But there's one issue almost everyone is forgetting to talk about.
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The U.S. is Trusting Turkey to Battle Terrorism, But Here's Why That's a Huge Mistake

As Syria is becoming Afghanistan, Turkey is becoming Pakistan. The Syrian war needs to end in order to disrupt radicalization and prevent extremism.
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Hassan Rouhani UN Speech: Why it Could Be a Big Chance For Jews in Iran

Are Iran's religious minority rights improving under the presidency of Rouhani? So far, so good.
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Al-Qaeda in Syria is a Serious Threat — What Can the U.S. Do?

Setting chemical weapons use as a "red line" in Syria ignores the fact that no matter what kind of weapons Assad uses, U.S. interests are at stake.

The Syria Gas Attack Was Bad — But It's Not the Worst Thing That's Happened There

There's a lot more to Syria than chemical weapons — and even if Syria agrees to give its weapons up, there's still blood on the regime's hands.
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Kosovo is the Model For U.S. War With Syria, Forget About What Happened in Iraq

No one wants a repeat of Iraq, but it would be a bigger mistake to let these scars keep us out of Syria. We shouldn't forget that there are virtues to humanitarian intervention.
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The Egypt Riots Look Bad — But They've Got More Support Than You Think

As Muslim Brotherhood supporters voice their outrage over the recent massacre, a widespread portion of Egyptians support the military crackdown, deepening the polarization of society.
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Middle Eastern Peace Talks May Work This Time — Here's Why

The current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is distinguished from previous ones by two things: Palestinian bids for statehood at the UN, and the Arab Spring
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Turkish Media is Biased, and Not Just Towards Erdogan

In Turkey, the vast majority of media and news reporting is biased. But it's not just biased towards the ruling government.

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Turkey is the World's 4th Biggest Donor Of Aid — So Why Can't it Save Itself?

Turkey is championing humanitarian causes around the world, and was recently ranked fourth in terms of international aid donations, but it continues to treat its own citizens inhumanely.

Why Middle Eastern Leaders Love to Hate On the U.S.

Blaming the West is a common strategy among some leaders in the Middle East. But dismissing this as absurd may have negative consequences for U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.
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As the Middle East is Wracked By Riots, is There Still Hope For Democracy?

In 2013 we have seen riots in Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt. Why is it that democracy — a system that the West praises so highly — can make so many people in the East so unhappy?
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Taksim Square Protest: Turkey Isn't Egypt Or Libya, and Occupy Gezi Isn't the Arab Spring

The recent protests and Turkey's modern history show us the real struggles the country has with the meaning of "democracy."