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Ahmadinejad endorsed by Iran’s supreme leader

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Ahmadinejad endorsed by Iran’s supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his blessing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clearing the way for Ahmadinejad to be sworn in on Wednesday for a second term. But later, there were reports of new clashes in Iran between security forces and protesters who oppose Ahmadinejad.

Posted: August 3, 2009 12:58   Comments: 2
Young Iraqi Kurds more concerned with finding jobs

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Young Iraqi Kurds more concerned with finding jobs

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ventured to the Kurdish autonomous region and promised to settle long disputes that have threatened Iraq's stability. But a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that young Kurds are more concerned with jobs than with a history that none of them experienced.

Posted: August 3, 2009 10:13   Comments: 0
Muslim extremists target Christians in Pakistan

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Muslim extremists target Christians in Pakistan

In Pakistan on Monday, members of the minority Christian community staged protests after eight Christians were killed over the weekend in an unusual wave of violence against them by Muslim extremists.

Posted: August 3, 2009 09:32   Comments: 3
Bomb attacks near mosques break peace in Baghdad

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Bomb attacks near mosques break peace in Baghdad

For U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, this has been one of the least deadly months since the war in Iraq began six years ago. But on Friday, a series of bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 29 people. Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation discusses the attacks and U.S. troop withdrawals.

Posted: July 31, 2009 16:05   Comments: 1
Week in review: Israel, China and turbulence in Iran

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Week in review: Israel, China and turbulence in Iran

Susan Chira of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine discuss the week’s top stories: Continuing turbulence in Iran and this week's U.S. talks with both Israel and China.

Posted: July 31, 2009 12:31   Comments: 6
In Iran, a memorial turns violent as police break up protests

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In Iran, a memorial turns violent as police break up protests

In Iran on Thursday, a memorial for victims of the violence that followed last month's disputed elections turned into another day of protest by thousands of people. Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation discusses the demonstrations and ongoing political turmoil.

Posted: July 30, 2009 13:17   Comments: 1
Israel not a “sucker” for Obama foreign policy

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Israel not a “sucker” for Obama foreign policy

Israelis hate waiting in line, writes Worldfocus contributor Ben Piven, and therefore many are angry that U.S. President Barack Obama has given major speeches in Cairo, Accra and Moscow before Tel Aviv.

Posted: July 30, 2009 10:45   Comments: 19
Iran’s abuses extend far beyond mistreating protesters

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Iran’s abuses extend far beyond mistreating protesters

Worldfocus contributor Dwight Bashir writes that while the spotlight on the mistreatment of Iran's post-election protesters is vital, it is just as important that the same level of attention be given to those who suffered a similar fate long before the elections took place.

Posted: July 29, 2009 15:20   Comments: 4
Iran protesters to face trial, accused of violence

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Iran protesters to face trial, accused of violence

Though the protests in Iran were overwhelmingly peaceful, the Iranian authorities are accusing many demonstrators of carrying out bombings and attacking Basiji paramilitary forces. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the impending trials of those detained.

Posted: July 29, 2009 13:19   Comments: 1
Beauty pageant tests cultural norms in Israel

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Beauty pageant tests cultural norms in Israel

PBS Wide Angle's film "Contestant No. 2" features the story of an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze religion seeking fame on the international beauty pageant circuit -- and testing the cultural norms of her society.

Posted: July 29, 2009 12:08   Comments: 16

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