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Key steps for a just and lasting Middle East peace

The most volatile tinderbox area of the world where the danger of war exists is the Middle East.

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Bahrain struggle continues amid regional tensions

Dissidents continue to organize protests against the government of Bahrain, a Persian Gulf kingdom known for its large scale oil production.

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Iranian people confront regime plus war threat

The political opposition is completely barred from the election. Almost all political groupings of democratic orientation have called for a boycott of the sham.

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U.S. ally Qatar propped up by exploited immigrant workers

Qatar is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, yet the majority of its population are immigrant workers who are harshly exploited with few rights.

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Talk of military intervention in Syria recalls Iraq debacle

The talk of covert action, "no fly zones," and military involvement via proxies has ratcheted up following the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution.

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"Bread, freedom, human dignity": Mass protest returns to Tahrir Square

Hundreds of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other Egyptian cities Wednesday on the first anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising  that led to the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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Escalating conflict with Iran could spur disastrous war

This situation, if not resolved, could lead to a conflagration of unimaginable proportions, with consequences that will reverberate throughout the Middle East and the world.

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Gaddafi death brings new questions

With the announcement of Gaddafi's death, it was clear that the uprising had entered a new phase.

Israel to release 1,000 Palestinians in swap for Hamas-held soldier, Gilad Shalit

Israel approved a prisoner swap with Gaza's governing Hamas movement early this morning, prompting celebratory street parties in both Israel and Palestine.

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Power struggle rages in Iran

With less than two years to go before the next presidential election in Iran a power struggle to determine its outcome is in full swing.

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