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The Battle for Iran: Separatist Groups on Iran’s Borders See a Sudden Surge

Pakistani militants have claimed that Saudi Arabia in the last year stepped up funding of militant madrassas or religious seminaries in Balochistan that allegedly serve as havens for anti-Iranian fighters.

The Battle for Iran: Separatist Groups on Iran’s Borders See a Sudden Surge

Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the

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Saudi Arabia’s Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A UAE-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony.

Saudi Arabia’s Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world.

The effort also

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With Pence and Netanyahu Meetings, Indonesia Signals Shift to Saudi-Israeli Fold

By design or by default, Indonesia’s support of US and Saudi efforts to impose their will on the Palestinians and the larger Middle East could potentially produce as many problems as could it offer solutions.

With Pence and Netanyahu Meetings, Indonesia Signals Shift to Saudi-Israeli Fold

Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim movement, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s advisor on religious affairs, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks that reflect the Muslim world’s shifting attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinians and a

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Things Get Messi After Argentina Cancels Soccer Match with Israel

Argentina’s cancellation of a match with Israel due to Israeli attempts to exploit it politically is likely to reverberate well beyond the world of soccer.

Things Get Messi After Argentina Cancels Soccer Match with Israel

Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to

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Hummus Wars: The Middle East’s Battle of the Palates

This is cultural genocide. It’s not Israeli food. It’s Arab (Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Jordanian). First, the Israelis take the land and ethnically cleanse it of Arabs. Now they take their food and culture and claim it’s theirs too! Shame,

– James Zogby

Hummus Wars: The Middle East’s Battle of the Palates

Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed.

Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis wracked by ethnic and religious conflict; clamour for political, economic,

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