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Azerbaijan: a Conservative Booming post-Soviet State
by Alexander Murinson, PhD on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) had the following to say about Azerbaijan in its annual report, "The Caspian region is one of the oldest regions in the world where oil was continually extracted, and its importance as a source of global energy production is growing rapidly." This post-Soviet Republic suffers from a democracy deficit like all the other post-Soviet states, but with very significant differences. Azerbaijan is a bona fide and rapidly emerging democracy that is building.....

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One Family's Loss in Gaza
by Azzam Shawwa on Thursday, November 29, 2012

To the Editor:   The fact that a week has gone by since the ceasefire ended hostilities in the Gaza Strip in no way negates the lingering horrors of the vicious attack on our homes and businesses. The assault and isolation of Gaza damps the forehead of humanity, made many times worse by the desertion and silence of the international community.   The occupation of Gaza continues to fester on the chest of Palestine and.....

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Jerusalem's Holiness from Jewish Perspective
by Yonatan Silverman on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

 [Reader extols the significance and importance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.] For 3,000 years, the eternal city of Jerusalem has held the most exalted position in the Jewish religion and a place of unparalleled importance in Jewish life and history.First and foremost, King Solomon built the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem between the years 965 and 928 BCE. The people of Israel would come to the Holy Temple to pray and to give thanks, but especially to perform sacrifices.....

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Book Review: Three Millennia of Wars
by Arieh O’Sullivan on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A readable history of the pivotal battles fought over the Holy Land Holy Wars: 3000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land By Gary L. RashbaCasemate Press, 280 pages, $32.95 Gary L. Rashba knows his stuff. Learn from him. The area around the gasoline station down the road from my house offers no clues that it was once the venue for one of the best known biblical stories, one that crossed cultures and religions, of that wonderful moment when the.....

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US Overlooks a Sleeper in Yemen
by Nadia Al-Sakkaf and Felice Friedson on Sunday, April 10, 2011

  Since unrest began flooding through the Middle East, Western assessments have been colored by hopes and expectations as much as by the events themselves. Media and governments alike have waxed near-euphoric in bestowing virtue and righteousness upon those who break with the incumbent rulers. While great attention is paid to past infamies, little understanding of successor regimes has been offered. Regarding Egypt, for instance, a military council was stipulated to hold only the  purest.....

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Palestinian View: Al-Jazeera and Accountability
by Ghassan Khatib on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Recent weeks have witnessed two major leaks of documents that dominated the international media. The first was Wikileaks, which included State Department documents covering a variety of issues, including Israel/Palestine. The other was a stash of documents presented by Al-Jazeera television that seem to have been taken in some way from the Palestinian negotiations support unit. The main difference in the way Wikileaks and Al-Jazeera dealt with these documents is that Wikileaks only posted these documents on.....

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The Netanyahu- Lieberman Blow-up: Confrontation or Mechanism?
by Michael Friedson on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When the Netanyahu government was formed, Israeli media was filled with predictions of how long it would be before Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would be forced to resign to face criminal charges and whether Lieberman’s departure would signal a coalition re-shuffling or a new government altogether. Just shy of two years later, Lieberman remains in his post. Based on media references, the uninformed might believe he serves as Israel’s “controversial” rather than “foreign” minister. During.....

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Iran Could Ignite Israeli-Palestinian Agreement
by Felice Friedson on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Even before the bombs mailed from Yemen dominated the non-election news, talk around the coffee table was inevitably coming around to the Middle East. The phenomenon united news-savvy citizens sitting in a souk in Turkey; a hotel in Bethlehem or east Jerusalem;  and even a trendy LA restaurant. Initially phrased in terms like, “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East...in my lifetime?,” the parameters quickly narrow and more often than not “the Middle East” becomes.....

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Is the Washington Process Doomed to Fail?
by Ghassan Khatib on Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Washington process was predicted to fail by most analysts. There were many reasons for that, not least of which that it was largely a repetition of the Annapolis process that failed before it. Otherwise, the settlement issue was clearly a make it or break it element in this process. The settlement issue is crucial both because it can pre-empt the possible outcome of talks, and because it encompasses most of the elements of the conflict. First, settlements.....

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The Cordoba Center: A Symptom of a Deadly Disease
by Jason Katz on Sunday, October 10, 2010

Early one morning in September of 2001, my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I were awoken by a phone call from my usually overly dramatic mother crying that “we” had been attacked. Not quite sure what to make of my mother’s hysterics, we immediately turned on the television to find the horrors on 9/11, horrors that worsened as that black day progressed. Did I feel hatred toward the perpetrators of the attacks (not even knowing who they were)?.....

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