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Throwback: PingPong, Israel’s Disastrous Eurovision 2000 Entry

After entering the contest as a joke, PingPong was disavowed by Israeli authorities after a controversial performance

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A Masterful Account of Humiliation and Despair

Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’ brings the broad disappointments of the Arab Spring to the human level

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Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Barack Obama’s Syrian endgame and the new alliances that are shaping it

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Why Ted Cruz Broke With U.S. Foreign Policy to Say Israel Should Keep the Golan Heights

The Texas Senator’s position that Israel should retain the contested territory is a longstanding one, and a reflection of his foreign policy iconoclasm

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Is Syrian Intelligence Working With ISIS in Europe?

An Interview With Abdul Halim Khaddam, the former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Syria

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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The Pax Americana Is Dead. Welcome to the Age of the Godfathers.

The post-American Middle East being born in Syria is an irretrievably changed land of sectarianism and new foreign hegemony

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On the Fifth Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War, a Stateless Refugee Says Thank You

Reflecting on the long sad march out of Homs, and the people along the way

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Like Advil for Cancer

Jewish and Arab Israelis are working together to aid Syria’s refugees. Does it matter?

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What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tag-teaming with Russia and dumping regional allies and NATO, the White House tells the rest of the world to go take a hike

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Why is Sanders Taking Foreign Policy Advice from Someone Who Suggested Israel—Not Assad—Gassed Syrians?

The Democratic presidential hopeful set out to assuage doubts about his foreign policy expertise. Instead, he may have reinforced them.

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Want the Syria Ceasefire to Mean Anything? Bring Back Hadar Goldin.

Goldin, the fallen Israeli officer, was kidnapped just hours into an American-brokered ceasefire in 2014. If American credibility in Syria and beyond is to mean anything, Goldin’s body must be returned to his family.

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The New Danger to Europe Isn’t ISIS. It’s Assad’s Thugs.

Are suspected war criminals, forged in the crucible of Syrian bloodshed, heading West as ‘refugees’?

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Love the Stranger

How Canadian synagogues started sponsoring Syrian refugees

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The Ambassador From Hell?

Samantha Power wrote the book on how the U.S. government ignores and legitimates genocides. Or was it a handbook?

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Is the U.S. Supporting Mass Extermination In Syria?

In a small border town on the way to Europe, Syrian refugees tell stories that the world is determined not to hear

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America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Obama’s long game is a complete restructuring of the balance of power in the region—but with what results?

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Give $1 Million for Syrian Aid

The actors have donated $500,000 to both Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee 

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All in the Assad Family

Ribal al-Assad, once an opponent of his cousin, Bashar al-Assad, touted a cuddly, progressive Syria in New York this week

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The Bad-Faith Analogy Between Syrian Refugees and Jews Fleeing Nazi Germany

Why the comparison is more ‘virtue signal’ than productive policy stance

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Understanding Syria: Whose Side Are We on, Anyway?

It helps to look at this map

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Girlhood, Interrupted

Cynthia Kaplan Shamash fled Iraq 40-odd years ago, when she was just a kid. Her flight foreshadowed that of young refugees fleeing Syria now. Where did she land? Where will they?

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Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Why Jeb Bush, and also Barack Obama, are wrong about refugees

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The Middle East Has Fractured. Is Europe Next? A Tablet Roundtable Discussion.

Elliott Abrams, Paul Berman, Robert Blecher, Hanin Ghaddar, Edward Luttwak, Lee Smith, Nathan Thrall, and Robert F. Worth on Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and the Islamic State, France and Russia, Obama and Netanyahu, Jihad and Cold War, and the future of the West

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Lindsay Graham: U.S. Strategy in Syria ‘Half-Assed at Best’

Watch the Republican senator grill the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, who clarified that the coalition of forces behind Syria—Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah—have tipped the scale in Assad’s favor

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Putin’s Syria Gambit Aims at Something Bigger Than Syria

What is Russia up to in the Middle East?

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Putin’s Great Crime: He Defends His Allies and Attacks His Enemies

Cohen the Israeli spy? He’s on the phone to Nikolai Patrushev, Putin’s national security adviser, because that’s how grown-ups do business.

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Another Middle Eastern State Could Collapse, and More Cash and Weapons Won’t Save It

Why the Mediterranean refugee crisis could get that much worse, and soon

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Facing a Refugee Crisis, Should Britain Revive the Kindertransport?

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks suggests that Britain emulate the Kindertransport, which saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis.

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Anonymous and the Islamic State

Bafflement: a reasonable response to a barbarian upsurge

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