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The Sunni-Shi’ite Schism is One of the Most Influential Factors in Current Middle East Conflicts

The depth of the Sunni-Shi’ite schism can be seen in all the major arenas where regional conflicts are being waged… Continue reading

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi Calls on Muslims to Support the Rebels in Syria

Al-Qaradawi’s remarks reflect the deepening Sunni-Shi’ite schism in the Middle East… Continue reading

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Hezbollah: Portrait of a Terrorist Organization

Hezbollah has a 30-year history of terrorist activity in Lebanon, the Middle East and around the globe, directed against Israel, the Jewish people, the United States and the West, pro-Western Arab states and Hezbollah’s enemies in Lebanon… Continue reading

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Hezbollah’s Terrorist Activity, 2000-2012

Hezbollah has actively participated in the worldwide anti-Israeli campaign of terrorism led by Iran’s Qods Force, attempting to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli diplomats and tourists… Continue reading

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Hezbollah’s Terrorist Activities during the 1990s

In the 1990s Hezbollah combined terrorist attacks in Israeli territory and overseas with guerilla warfare against the IDF in the Lebanese security zone and sporadic rocket fire at Israel… Continue reading

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Hezbollah’s Terrorist Activities during the 1980s

Hezbollah’s terrorist activity during the first years of its existence focused on the United States and France, the main targets of a wave of terrorist attacks in Lebanon and elsewhere… Continue reading

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The Sunni-Shia Conflict Will Be the Major Feature of Middle East Politics for Decades

We are not just talking here about theological differences but a battle between individual leaders, organizations, and states for power and primacy… Continue reading

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Israel is in Good Shape Because So Many Others Decided Not to Be

The more I think about Israel’s security situation at this moment, the better it looks… Continue reading

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“And What Do You Want to Say to the Iraqi People?”

I’ve been interviewed a number of times, for example, by Iraqi journalists. But this time there was a different kind of question at the end of the interview… Continue reading

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The Middle East: Brave New World or Scary New Master?

If you want a sense of where the Middle East is going, consider this viewpoint from an unlikely source… Continue reading

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Subversion and Exporting the Islamic Revolution in Latin America

Iran invests considerable resources in its battle for hearts and minds and in exporting the Iranian revolution in Latin American countries… Continue reading

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Iranian and Hezbollah Involvement in Criminal Activities in Latin America

According to findings presented before the January 18, 2012 session of the U.S. Congress, through its proxies Iran is involved in numerous criminal activities in Latin America… Continue reading

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Latin America as an Arena for Iranian-Hezbollah Terrorism

Iran regards Latin America as an arena for terrorist activity, which the Iranian regime considers an instrument for promoting its strategic objectives… Continue reading

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Latin America as an Arena for Iran and Hezbollah’s Terrorist, Subversive and Criminal Activities

Since Ahmadinejad was elected president in August 2005, Iran has extended and solidified its relations with several Latin American countries, especially Venezuela and Bolivia, and increased its efforts to obtain a political foothold in the others… Continue reading

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Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Bad to Worse

Relations between the governments of Iraq and Turkey continue to deteriorate… Continue reading

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Who Gets to be the Caliph?

Who gets to be the caliph? After all, if you want to have a caliphate , as revolutionary Islamists do with much popular support among Muslims… Continue reading

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Iran: Discourse on Shari’ah Aspects of Nuclear Weapons Development Continues

Why Islamic religious law prohibits the development of nuclear weapons… Continue reading

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The New Middle East: Arab versus non-Arab Muslims; Sunni versus Shia

The new Middle East strategic battle is heating up and this is only the start… Continue reading

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The Pragmatics of Lebanon’s Politics

Lebanese society has had a remarkable ability to overcome deep-rooted sectarian and religious divides that could readily have imploded less problematic countries… Continue reading

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Ankara and Baghdad: A Parting of Ways?

Until now, Turkey’s presence in Iraq has generally been encouraged by all major Iraqi groups… Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shia: The Middle East’s New Strategic Conflict

Conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims are not at all new, but… Continue reading

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Iranian speculations on Egypt’s Islamists: Shi’ite-style revolutionaries or Turkish-style democrats?

There have been various speculations in Iranian press on the significance of the Islamists’ victory and the nature of the Islamist faction in Egypt… Continue reading

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Overviewing Shi’a-Sunni Conflicts

As we approach the end of the first year of what has been called the Arab Spring… Continue reading

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Iranian terrorist cell exposed in Bahrain

A terrorist cell was recently exposed in Bahrain, which according to the Bahraini and… Continue reading

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Iran: Next Target of Islamic Law Enforcement Campaign: Internet Cafés and Photography Shops

Tehran police recently launched an operation to shut down illegal photography shops and internet cafés… Continue reading

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