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The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis

The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new book tells how a Muslim diplomat risked everything to help Iranian Jews escape Nazi-occupied Paris and the death camps.
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The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S.

The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As the Sunni Awakening, former insurgents helped swing the war. Now they face the rule of a Shiite-run government.
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Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq

Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki meets President Obama in Washington, Tehran is trying to broaden its influence in Iraq by installing a heavy-hitting cleric there.
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Playing with fire in the Middle East

As relations between Iran and Syria and the west deteriorate further, what are the possible outcomes of this escalation in the diplomatic crisis?

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India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan

India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The goal is to leave behind an Afghan government strong enough to escape the fate of its Soviet-era predecessor, which collapsed in 1992 in a civil war.
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Can Hezbollah Cope With A Changing Middle East?

While the Middle East undergoes fast-paced, dramatic social and political change, Hezbollah has been trying its best to shield itself from the process that has been redefining the balance of power and reshuffling the political cards in the...
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Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran

Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Iran condemns sanctions targeting financial sector as 'futile, repetitious efforts' and a 'show of hostility' by Western nations.
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Hezbollah Waits and Prepares

Hezbollah Waits and Prepares | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With new tensions over Iran's nuclear program, Hezbollah stands ready to retaliate against Israel. By Nicholas Blanford.
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Azerbaijan: Baku Takes Controversial Action to Shield against Iranian Meddling

On the eve of an Amnesty International report that takes Azerbaijan to task for restrictions on individual liberty, Azerbaijani legislators on November 15 imposed stiff state controls on religious act...
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Good Reads: Iran, Israel, and Qatar. What's their game?

Israel denies killing an Iranian weapons scientist. Iran detains and releases a Taliban insider. Qatar foments an Arab Spring. Why is everyone suddenly acting like bit players in a Graham Greene novel?
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Trouble over Tehran - By Aaron David Miller

Trouble over Tehran - By Aaron David Miller | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Five reasons that Israel and the United States might want to think long and hard about preemptively striking Iran's nuclear facilities.

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Iranians' choice in the face of war

Signals that military action against Iran is a real danger have been multiplying over the past twelve months. Faced with external military intervention and internal repression, Arash Falasiri asks what course remains open to the Iranian people.

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Hoarders: Dictator Edition

Hoarders: Dictator Edition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

U.S. federal agents moved to seize the $30 million Malibu mansion of Teodoro "Teodorin" Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Equatorial Guinea's strongman president this week, which happened to contain a host of luxury goods -- not least a $1.1 million collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including the King of Pop's "white crystal covered 'Bad Tour' glove" and his MTV Music Awards "moon man" trophy.

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Could Iraq descend into a civil war again? (VIDEO)

The scars of Iraq's painful bloodletting are deep, and a powerful disincentive against a return to open warfare. But Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is moving against Sunni Arabs, his political enemies.
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Lebanon Smolders

Lebanon Smolders | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Yesterday, a rocket fired from southern Lebanon missed its target in Israel. Instead it wounded a Lebanese woman, hinting at a possible pattern of things to come. While Hezbollah contends that its weapons are to protect Lebanon from Israel, the reality is that the arms used to defend the resistance’s patrons Iran and Syria are likely to cause Lebanon yet more suffering.

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Will Hizballah’s Support for Syria Lead To Its Downfall?

Will Hizballah’s Support for Syria Lead To Its Downfall? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
World leaders are often obliged to walk a thin line between national interest and the projection of a state’s moral values. The Arab Spring effectively put an end to the West’s balancing act as Europe and the U.S.
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Why Iran might be worried by Hillary Clinton's meeting with Syria exiles

Why Iran might be worried by Hillary Clinton's meeting with Syria exiles | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The subject of the Geneva meeting between Hillary Clinton and Syria exiles was the transition to democracy. But the group's leader has been warning Iran a post-Assad Syria could be far less friendly.
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Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast

Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Worries of Israel striking Iran might or might not be overblown but across the region the largely hidden cold war between Tehran and its enemies is escalating fast, bringing with it...
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Saudi Arabia Says Four Killed in Unrest in Oil-Rich East

Four people were killed and nine wounded in clashes between Shiite Muslims and Saudi Arabian security forces in the oil-rich Eastern Province, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
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The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome - Global Spin

The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures"  to protect Syrian civilians in the face of violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions

US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity late Friday, said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday and would target Iran's petrochemical industry.
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Is Iran already under covert attack?

Is Iran already under covert attack? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner reports on the possibility that Iran's recent setbacks in its nuclear programme are due to 'black ops' initiated by foreign powers.
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Arab Spring confounds Iran's opposition

A letter addressed to Rashid al-Ghannushi, the leader of the Tunisian Islamist party al-Nahda (Renaissance), by former Iranian foreign minister and veteran opposition leader Ebrahim Yazdi reveals the extent to which Iran's opposition, in tandem with the ruling elites, views the Arab Spring from the vantage point of the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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In an Iranian Prison, Tortured by Solitude

In an Iranian Prison, Tortured by Solitude | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

AT 5:15 p.m. I found myself pacing compulsively back and forth across my 10-foot-by-14-foot cell in Iran’s Evin prison, muttering reassurances to myself and kneading my nervous hands together into one fat fist. “Don’t worry,” I told myself, “this is probably your last day alone, they can’t just let you go crazy in here.”

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Why Syria and Iran are becoming Turkey’s enemies, again

Why Syria and Iran are becoming Turkey’s enemies, again | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Soner Cagaptay is a Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is the co-author, with Scott Carpenter, of Regenerating the U.S.-Turkey Partnership.
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