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Raymond Barrett
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Raymond Barrett is an Irish journalist and the author of Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling. He has written on the Middle East and US foreign policy for the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, Ireland’s Sunday Business Post and newspapers across the region. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera.

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Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks and Patriots Star in NFL's Annual Progressive Pageant

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 9:41 AM

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in the NFL's annual gridiron gala, there is only one result guaranteed beforehand: neo-Marxist advocates of income redistribution will score a big win over Milton Friedman fanboys who espouse the supremacy of...

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The Islamic World Is at War With Itself, Not the West

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Samuel Huntington miscalculated. Despite the immediate horror of the Charlie Hebdo affair, the coming century will be defined not by a clash of civilizations between the so-called Islamic World and its neighbors but by a fissure--whereby fault lines within the Greater Middle East break and bleed...

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Israel Has Lost the War Against Hamas in Gaza. Are US Liberals Next?

(33) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Israel has lost its war against Hamas in Gaza. In truth, defeat was assured the moment the first missile or artillery shell tore through an apartment block and killed however many women, children and innocents stood between the Israeli Defense Forces and the target it had identified for destruction that...

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How Will Iran's Nuclear Waltz With the US End?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:37 PM

When my American wife and I flew into the Iranian island of Kish in 2007 from the nearby emirate of Dubai, we did so with reservations. The blue mosques of Isfahan had been our original destination, but difficulties acquiring the necessary travel documents had forced us to settle for Kish--the...

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The War on Terror Is Over...But Osama Bin Laden Won.

(18) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:22 PM

High in the mountains of Afghanistan many moons before 9/11, Osama Bin Laden told the British journalist Robert Fisk exactly what he sought to achieve through his murderous crusade against Uncle Sam.

"I pray to God that he will permit us to turn the United States into a...
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The Emir of Qatar's Gift to the Israeli People

(111) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 6:32 PM

When the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamed Bin Thani publicly embraced Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya during a historic visit to Gaza late last year, Israel's political establishment quickly condemned the first "state visit" by an Arab leader since the militant group took control of the restive Palestinian...

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