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The Life and Death of Steven Sotloff, Part 2

A reporter’s friends use Facebook to try and save his life: Driven by a growing sense that the U.S. government could not or would not save Sotloff from captivity, a group of family members, colleagues, and Jewish communal leaders coalesced into a ragtag—and tragically unsuccessful—rescue effort.

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The Life and Death of Steven Sotloff, Part 1

How a freelancer’s Heaven turned into Hell: Inspired by a blend of bravery, wanderlust, and humanism, a budding journalist ventured—without the kind of institutional structure and support that would have been common a decade ago—into an inflamed Middle East.

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So, What Went Wrong With the Arab Spring?

Post-Qaddafi Libya was supposed to be something other than the chaos it has become

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It’s Not Springtime in Tunisia Anymore

In the wake of deadly attacks, why the one vaunted Arab Spring exception may not be an exception at all

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U.S. Citizen Killed in Benghazi; LA’s Kabbalah Centre Sued

Plus Kerry offers security proposal to Netanyahu, and more in the news

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The Muslim World’s Intellectual Refuseniks Offer Enlightened Views on Islam and Israel

Egyptian playwright Ali Salem and others are marginalized at home and in the Western media, but they are political pioneers

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FBI Raids NY Yeshiva; More Price Tag Attacks

Plus major layoffs at Israel’s Teva pharmaceuticals, and more in the news

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Gas Masks and Soldiers in Anxious Tel Aviv

Syria crisis marks the end of a quiet Israeli summer

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Dumb and Dumber: When Neocons and Obama Liberals Agree

How neocons and Obama liberals have created catastrophe by consensus in the Middle East

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Sephardi Stories, on the Record

The Sephardi Voices history project collects testimony from Jews who fled Arab lands after Israel was founded

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A Taste of Libya—in Prison

Amateur chef Rafram Chaddad discovered the wonders of Libyan cuisine in an unlikely place: behind bars

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Better a Pharaoh or a Tempest?

They say democracies make good neighbors. For Israel these days, it doesn’t seem so straightforward.

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The Libya Blame Game

Losing sight of what’s useful

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Daybreak: Clinton Takes Blame for Libya Attack

Plus Knesset dissolves (itself)

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Sundown: Anti-Semitism in Social Media Grows

Plus United States builds Libya commando force

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House Panel Hears Testimony On Libya Attack

But partisan chatter marks the day

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Daybreak: Temple Mount Mob Turns Violent

Plus the German Cabinet sets date to discuss circumcision amendment

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Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya Deemed Terrorism

A designation long in coming, finally comes

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How Orientalism Shaped Obama

The White House’s response to the anti-Islam video is proof of the enduring influence of Edward Said’s ideas

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Obama’s Grave Misstep on YouTube Video

White House censure attempt fuels Islamist logic

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A Map of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Protests

The disease has spread and it looks like global chicken pox

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Beware of Even Numbers

The film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and the dangerous failing of the media

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Daybreak: Libya Attacks Came in Two Waves

Plus violents protests carry into Friday and spread

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Sundown: Anti-American Protests Spread

Plus American kidnapped by al-Qaida asks Netanyahu to intervene

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A Round Up of Libya Commentary

Matt Welch leads off with an important piece

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A Pretext to Murder in Libya

Don’t blame a YouTube movie for ‘inciting’ the mob that killed the U.S. ambassador. Blame the killers.

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Sundown: Manager of Anti-Muslim Film Steps Forward

Plus a round up on condemnations on Libyan

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Truth About The Muhammad Movie

Actors speak out about mystery man behind controversial film

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Who Is Sam Bacile?

Conflicting reports about filmmaker who allegedly made anti-Muslim film

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U.S. Consulate in Libya Attacked

Four staff members, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, killed