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Pakistan Rejects US Proposal For Joint Operation In Tribal Areas

Dawn.com | Iftikhar A. Khan & Baqir Sajjad Syed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistan rejected on Tuesday a US proposal for joint operations in the tribal areas against terrorism and militancy, as differences of opinion between...

Bloomberg 3? NYC Veterans 0

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Ask any veteran and he or she will tell you that over the past several years New York City's Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs has done little or nothing to assist the hundreds of thousands of veterans in the city.

Could a U.S. Regional -- Really Regional -- Plan Save the Arab-Israeli Peace Process?

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Those who question Obama's new approach to Iran worry that a new attitude of diplomatic engagement will threaten Israel's -- and America's -- security. They needn't do so.

American College Reporters See Israel Up Close In The Editors Screened Tomorrow in DC

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Kloosterman

Six university newspaper editors from America visited Israel for the first time last December, and the already planned trip happened to coincide with the first week of the recent Gaza Conflict.

For Egyptians, Salaam Equals Security

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marlene H. Phillips

Again and again we heard that said, that Egyptians hope Obama understands the Middle East situation better than his predecessor.

Gul Agha Sherzai, Former Afghani Warlord, To Fight Karzai In Elections

The Independent | Jerome Starkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A former warlord tipped to unseat Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan's coming elections has backed President Barack Obama's plans to negotiate with the Talib...

The Face of Power in the UAE is a Woman and Her Name is Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi.

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Sheikha Lubna represents the 21st Century woman. She is cutting through veils of discrimination with serious substance, style and a smile.

Hillary Clinton, Gaza, and the Six-State Solution

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

The way forward in the Middle East: Keep back channels open to Tehran, while supporting Netanyahu, should he pick up with Syria.

Notes on the Iran/Persia Conflict: A Travelogue -- Part Six

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Having a national currency worth "less than nothing" is embarrassing. So the Persians invented the Thumm. Inflation is beginning to ravage the Thumm the way it ravaged the Ryal.

It's Netanyahu Again

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shunit Harpaz

Netanyahu's government will not last long. The only hope is that Israelis will regain their composure and next time vote for peace-longing parties and Prime Minister.

Livni: Israel Must Give Up Land To Remain Jewish, Democratic

Haaretz | Raphael Ahren | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"I do believe Israel is fighting for existence not only because it's the only democracy in the Middle East, but also because it's the only Jewish stat...

Notes on the Iran/Persia Conflict: A Travelogue -- Part Five

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

In the year 185 BC, the Pharaoh Chaonnophris was captured by the forces of Ptolemy V, ending the last Egyptian state to be actually ruled by Egyptians for over two thousand years.

Israel's Election: HuffPost Contributors Have Their Say

Huffington Post | HuffPost Contributors | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israelis head to the polls tomorrow, February 10, to vote in a new government. Huffington Post contributors from Israel to Ramallah to DC have shared ...

Notes on the Iran/Persia Conflict: A Travelogue -- Part Three

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

When people think of Iran, they think of evil Ayatollahs with nukes, when people think of Persia, they think of a lost world of biblical mystery.

Iran And The Future Of Afghanistan

Council on Foregin Relations | Greg Bruno and Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In crafting a new approach to the war in Afghanistan, U.S. military and political leaders say Iran-once dubbed a member of the "axis of evil" by forme...

Waltz with Bashir, Gaza, and the Post-Moral World

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Perhaps its time we surrendered to what we know to be true, Arab and Jew both: The leaders on both sides lie. That is their job. They resort to war to protect the lies.

Notes on the Iran/Persia Conflict: A Travelogue -- Part Two

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Palace museums aside, everything is up to date in Tehran. McDonalds is nowhere to be seen, but a trip to the shopping mall shows that underneath officially required outerwear, women like sexy.

Iran: Strategy and Tactics

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

Iraq, Israel-Syria talks, Gaza and Lebanon all affect and are affected by the US-Iran imbroglio. The Middle East is one of the most interwoven political webs on the globe.

Notes on the Iran/Persia Conflict: A Travelogue -- Part One: "Tourist" is not a Dirty Word.

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Let's discuss why anyone in their right mind would travel half way around the world and back and spend a quarter-year's salary (minimum wage) to go to Iran for two weeks.

Keeping Civilians Away From Violence

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israel's latest assault on Gaza showed a very weak attempt at avoiding civilian deaths and injuries or the destruction of infrastructure. Similarly, Hamas rockets showed lack of concern for Israeli civilians.

17 things to do in 30 seconds

Omri Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omri Marcus

Thanks to the advanced technology being used by the IDF, people living within range of Hamas missiles can now stop worrying about being surprised by a...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Thoughts for Change

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and B. Wayne Quist | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and B. Wayne Quist

The Saudis are increasingly turning to Russia and China as their new oil and gas partners, dumping longstanding relationships with once-favored American oil companies.

Israel: Attacks on Gaza will Likely Backfire

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Bruhns

If you're a civilian living in Gaza and an Israeli missile strikes your home killing your loved ones what are you to do? . Chances are you're going to take up arms and attack anyone and everyone you feel is responsible for the death of your family.

Gaza Crisis Proves Need for Better Relations with Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the US had working relations with Iran, Iran could use its "good offices" with Hamas to help quickly bring about a "durable and sustainable" ceasefire, ending the assaults on Gaza.

Rockets And Retaliation: Who Will Broker The Peace In Gaza?

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

For nearly twenty years, Aaron David Miller has played a central role in U.S. efforts to broker an Arab-Israeli peace as an advisor to presidents, sec...