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The Implications of the Palestinian UN Bid

On September 23, 2011, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud 'Abbas submitted Palestine's application for full UN membership. The PA maintains that it had no choice but to make this move, in light of the impasse in the negotiations with Israel, the latter's refusal to halt the settlements, ...

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Danish Mega-Mosque Funded by Iran

Danish Mega-Mosque Funded by Iran

"...critics say that theocrats in Tehran intend to use the mosque to establish a recruiting center for the militant Shia Muslim group, Hezbollah in Europe..."

The city council of Copenhagen has given its final approval for the construction of the first official "Grand Mosque" in the Danish capital. ...

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Obama's Dilemma: U.S. Foreign Policy and Electoral Realities

Obama's Dilemma: U.S. Foreign Policy and Electoral Realities

STRATFOR does not normally involve itself in domestic American politics. Our focus is on international affairs, and American politics, like politics everywhere, is a passionate business. The vilification from all sides that follows any mention we make of American politics is both inevitable and ...

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The Arab Spring and Russian Policy in the Middle East

In what perhaps can be heralded as a turning point in Russia's Middle East policy, seemingly coordinated statements have recently been sounded in important settings and the media by senior Russian figures (leading experts on the Middle East, politicians, and even the president himself). These ...

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The Crisis of Europe and European Nationalism

The Crisis of Europe and European Nationalism

When I visited Europe in 2008 and before, the idea that Europe was not going to emerge as one united political entity was regarded as heresy by many leaders. The European enterprise was seen as a work in progress moving inevitably toward unification — a group of nations committed to a common fate. ...

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UK Law Enforcement Favors Sharia over Citizen Groups

UK Law Enforcement Favors Sharia over Citizen Groups

US Readers: What you see in the UK is here now...   UK: Tower Hamlets – Not Just Another Peaceful EDL Demo

In the run up to the EDL demonstration we saw the march banned, we saw the EDL misrepresented and attackedin the press, we faced scaremongering from the far-Left and then, at the last ...

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9/11 and the Successful War

9/11 and the Successful War

It has been 10 years since 9/11, and all of us who write about such things for a living are writing about it. That causes me to be wary. I prefer being the lonely voice, but the fact is that 9/11 was a defining moment in American history. On Sept. 12, 2001, few would have anticipated the course ...

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Crisis in the Mediterranean

Crisis in the Mediterranean

Cypriot President Christofias (R) met the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in September 2009. Christofias assured Assad that the cargo of 98 containers with Iranian armaments would remain in Cyprus until it could be returned to either Syria or Iran. The containers exploded on 11 July.

The island of ...

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Libya: A Premature Victory Celebration

Libya: A Premature Victory Celebration

The war in Libya is over. More precisely, governments and media have decided that the war is over, despite the fact that fighting continues. The unfulfilled expectation of this war has consistently been that Moammar Gadhafi would capitulate when faced with the forces arrayed against him, and ...

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