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Lebanese Salafis amidst Syria’s war

One recent cool and sunny afternoon in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, Sheikh Bilal Baroudi, a Sunni Salafist cleric, showed me the charred remains of ...

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Iran’s opportunity for negotiations

For the first time in many years, Iranian leaders are declaring that they are ready to make a deal with the United States on the ...

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Talking about reform in Bahrain

A two-day conference at the University of Bahrain in the capital Manama last week was intended to show the United States and the region that ...

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Bahrain’s closed doors

After nearly two years of political unrest, this week Bahrain's King Hamad called for renewed national dialogue. And while it appears some groups have agreed ...

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Iran’s nuclear resistance

Iran this week marked "Ten Years of Nuclear Resistance," a celebration at the University of Tehran to commemorate Iran's nuclear program, despite international efforts to ...

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Morsi’s just not that into Iran

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had high hopes for the visit to Tehran by new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. His trip on Thursday for the Non-Aligned ...

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Lebanon’s Salafi scare

Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a self-proclaimed religious authority with a bushy long beard, is no stranger on the Lebanese scene. His latest incarnation, from his mosque ...

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On the sidelines of Iran’s election

Former President Mohammad Khatami made a statement last December about the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iran, "When all the signs indicate that we should not ...

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Ahmadinejad’s impotence

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meant to kick off his annual visit to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York with the grand gesture ...

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Rooting for Khamenei

A long-brewing power struggle recently burst into public view over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision last month to dismiss Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi. The ensuing ...

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