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Shariah's Police: Global Governance

Shariah's Police: Global Governance

Over the weekend, a drama with potentially horrific consequences for freedom-loving Americans played out half-a-world away.  

A Saudi newspaper columnist named Hamza Kashgari was detained in Malaysia, reportedly on the basis of an alert by the International Criminal Police Organization, better ...

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Afghanistan: Moving Toward a Distant Endgame

Afghanistan: Moving Toward a Distant Endgame

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suggested last week that the United States could wrap up combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2013, well before the longstanding 2014 deadline when full control is to be ceded to Kabul. Troops would remain in Afghanistan until 2014, as agreed upon at ...

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Italy's Mosque Wars

The southern Italian island of Sicily is about to become the proud new owner of a multi-million euro mega-mosque.  

The mosque, to be built in the medieval town of Salemi in southwestern Sicily, is being paid for by the oil-rich Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar. Supporters of the mosque hope ...

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Egypt Election Victory for Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis

Egypt Election Victory for Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis

People's Assembly Elections in Egypt Yield Victory for Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis; Downfall for Liberals, Left, and Revolutionary Youth 

Egypt's recent elections for the People's Assembly, the first free elections held in the country since the January 25, 2011 revolution, yielded a clear ...

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Iran Steps up its Game

Iran Steps up its Game

According to sources within Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a new directive to further protect the regime. There are several sections to the directive, one is to confront the opposition inside and outside of Iran and another includes engaging the International Atomic Energy ...

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Cyprus: The Last Round

Cyprus: The Last Round

Sooner or later, everybody who has worked with the Cyprus question becomes tired of it. 

US President Lyndon Johnson, in his letter to Turkish premier Ismet Inönü in June 1964, called it “one of the most complex problems on earth” and UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said that Cyprus was ...

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Jihadists Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan

Jihadists Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan

On Twitter, Jihadist Groups Advocate Establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan  

The micro-blogging website Twitter, like other social networking sites such as Facebook and the video-sharing website YouTube, has emerged as a major publisher for jihadist and militant organizations ...

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Considering a U.S.- Iranian Deal

Considering a U.S.- Iranian Deal

Last week, I wrote on the strategic challenge Iran faces in its bid to shape a sphere of influence stretching from western Afghanistan to Beirut on the eastern Mediterranean coast. I also pointed out the limited options available to the United States and other Western powers to counter Iran. 

One ...

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’Unprecedented’ EU Sanctions on Iran a Farce

’Unprecedented’ EU Sanctions on Iran a Farce

The European Union has agreed to an “unprecedented”set of sanctions against Iran, banning the importation of Iranian oil to its member states while also imposing currency and commodity sanctions on Iran’s central bank. But far from forcing Iran into a corner, the latest sanctions leave a ...

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