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Media Blame Lone Gaza Rocket While Ignoring Israel’s History Of Breaking Ceasefires

MINNEAPOLIS — Israel launched new airstrikes against Gaza on Tuesday, claiming the action was in retaliation for a lone rocket fired earlier that …

Israel

Anti-Semitism in Europe: The Causal Factor Being the Conversion of “Jewish Victims” into “Israeli Perpetrators” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>The brutal shooting at point blank range of nine, unarmed Turkish activists on board the MV Mavi Marmara a humanitarian aid vessel, in international</i> …

Iran says no to IAEA-managed access to several nuclear sites

Tehran has rejected access to several individuals and nuclear sites that are listed by the Western states in relation to the nuclear program deal, …

The Pope backpedals after praising Palestine

In what would constitute a stunning rhetorical volte-face, Pope Francis reportedly walked back earlier statements praising Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and dubbed some of Israel's detractors "anti-Semitic."<p>In comments made to veteran Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman …

Turkish daily accuses government of arming Syrian rebels | DW | 29.05.2015

Istanbul prosecutors launched an investigation into the Cumhuriyet newspaper on Friday, hours after the center-left daily published the footage and …

Middle East

Pentagon report says West, Gulf states and Turkey foresaw emergence of ‘IS’

A newly declassified Pentagon report provides startling high-level confirmation that the US-led strategy in Syria contributed directly to the rise of …

What a new Iraq 'surge' could look like

After Ramadi fiasco, talk grows of U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq.<p>The fall of the city of Ramadi and doubts about the Iraqi army’s will to fight the Islamic State have a growing number of Republicans and military strategists proposing the once unthinkable: sending tens of thousands of American …

Isis fighter in Syria was 'beheaded in revenge attack'

A Christian fighter in Syria has beheaded an Islamic State (Isis) militant to avenge people killed by jihadis in north-east Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where Isis occupies large areas of the …

'White marriage' a growing trend for young couples in Iran

Nina and Ahmad have lived happily together in their small one-bedroom apartment for years. They share the cost of groceries; they split the rent.<p>But in Iran, where Islamic teachings are woven into all aspects of life, theirs is a delicate — and illegal — arrangement: They are not married.<p>The pair …

Failed State: Five Reasons Iraq Can't Be Fixed

Recent setbacks suffered by Iraqi forces in the country’s contested Sunni areas have led senior Pentagon officials to question their courage. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Iraqis “showed no will to fight” when ISIS moved to seize the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi despite greatly …

The Coming ISIS Assault on Saudi Arabia Means Awful Things for Washington

Two weeks. Two sui­cide bomb­ings. Both tar­get­ing Shiites in a Sunni land. And both claimed by IS­IS.<p>If this were Ir­aq or Syr­ia, these …

Apple bought a company that hints it's exploring a new form of computing

Augmented reality, or AR, is the concept that allows developers to overlay digital information on top of the real world. Many companies are working on AR including Microsoft with its HoloLens project and Google through its major investment in the secretive startup Magic Leap. AR and virtual reality …