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Zvi Bar'el June 8, 2017
Islamic State terrorists struck the Iranian parliament and Khomeini shrine in Tehran, leaving 17 dead. Throughout the region and stretching into Afghanistan and beyond, the terrorist group has targeted Shias, moderate Muslims and anyone that does not agree with their extremist goals. Conspiracy theories abound, and war in Syria has fueled extremism, attracting jihadist fighters from around the...
John Ibbitson June 7, 2017
America has left the world, said Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a landmark foreign policy address as reported by John Ibbitson for the Globe and Mail, and allies must hang together while awaiting the country's return. “The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest...
Hervé Machenaud June 7, 2017
Representatives of about 100 nations participated in China’s New Silk Road Forum in May. Some in the West express concerns about the Silk Road initiative and the companion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China has invested in developing its own infrastructure and now hopes to do the same for developing nations while increasing its own expertise spreading good will. The projects have...
Anh Do June 6, 2017
Activists are seeking to unite Muslim and Latino communities in Orange County, California, and joined in organizing an event to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with Taco Trucks at Every Mosque. “Organizers said the idea is to demystify Islam through the sharing of food and to unite two groups, Muslims and Latinos, facing increasing discrimination in the Trump era,” reports Anh Do for...
June 6, 2017
By refusing to confront the growing and many risks associated with climate change, Donald Trump is breaking a vow to run the country like a business. “Any rational, responsible business leader, faced with an existential threat to his enterprise, would take steps to manage the risk,” argues a Bloomberg editorial. Rising seas threaten the tourism industry, high temperatures and droughts threaten...
Katie Beck June 5, 2017
For more than two decades, governments have dangled citizenship in exchange for investments. “As more countries tighten their borders and paths to immigration, a new industry is working to bypass those restrictions – for a hefty fee,” reports BBC News. “The specifics of different investment citizenship programmes vary by country. They allow foreigners to invest in real-estate projects and...
Bassel Oudat June 4, 2017
The Syrian opposition and Assad regime attended a sixth round of talks in Geneva to end the civil war, just before Donald Trump’s trip to the Middle East. Little progress was reported, and there is a sense that the talks in Geneva compete with Russian-led talks in Astana to end the war. UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura proposed “formation of a precarious human rights and constitutional...

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