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npr reviews English edition of the Shahnameh

https://www.npr.org/2013/08/25/214831942/heart-of-iranian-identity-reimagined-for-a-new-generation npr reviews an entirely English edition of the Shahnameh by interviewing the illustrator of the translation;  Hamid Rahmanian. He explain that the true identity of Iran will always be that of poetry, and Shahnameh is central to that. This … Continue reading

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Egypt temporarily re-opens Gaza’s Rafah crossing

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/egypt-temporarily-opens-gaza-rafah-crossing-170506134401488.html Egypt opened Rafah crossing, the only way into Gaza that doesn’t involve Israel, for three days.  The crossing has been strictly controlled and at this time Palestinians were only able to leave Egypt.  The crossing has been watched for … Continue reading

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Pentagon investigation: US hit mosque complex in Syria

This is a breaking story on the news based on the airstrike that the U.S. took in Syria. When the story first broke a month ago the U.S. had said that a mosque that some believed was hit with a … Continue reading

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Russia moves to enforce safe zones despite rebel opposition

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39823236 Despite refusal by rebel leaders, Russia has moved forward with it’s plan to enforce 4 safe zones in Syria.  It has issued a statement that they will go into effect at midnight tonight, noting also that it will not … Continue reading

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The Judicial Bodies Law threatens the independence of judiciary turning it into an arena for expanding Sisi’s powers.

“On April 27, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ratified the Judicial Bodies Law No 13 of 2017, a day after Egypt’s House of Representatives issued its final approval of the law. By so doing, Egypt‘s authoritarian regime has taken an additional step towards full … Continue reading

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UNESCO passes Jerusalem resolution critical of Israel

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/unesco-passes-jerusalem-resolution-critical-israel-170502160841594.html UNESCO passed a resolution critical of Israel’s actions in the Ghaza stripa and Jerusalem, which many countries are saying they are violating international law.  In addition to Palestine, many other middle eastern countries supported this resolution. Israel said the … Continue reading

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Syria government ‘producing chemical weapons at research facilities’

The Syrian Government is producing chemical weapons in violation of a 2013 deal to eliminate them, via a Western Intelligence agency. This is just after a Syrian plane dropped chemical bombs killing nearly 100 people, and the U.S. sending a missile … Continue reading

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Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror ‘smear campaign’

On Saturday, the Turkish government recently blocked access to Wikipedia because of linking the nation to terror activity. “It has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena,” the ministry … Continue reading

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Russia, Iran and Turkey Agree to Create Four Safe Zones in Syria

A memorandum was signed on Thursday by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to create four safe “de-escalation zones” in Syria. If the memorandum is successful, it would be one of most extensive steps in ending bloodshed in the war. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/world/middleeast/russia-iran-turkey-syria-de-escalation-zones.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmiddleeast&action=click&contentCollection=middleeast&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

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Iraqi front leaves hundreds of thousands of civilians on an “urban battlefield”

Iraq has opened a front in Western Mosul in an attempt to combat ISIS. The ISIS forces have been fighting the counterterrorist group for seventeen months now, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians on an “urban battlefield.” http://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/world/middleeast/iraqi-forces-west-mosul-isis.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

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