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Will we attack our own dysfunctions as we battle Islamic State?  
IS (Da’esh) will be destroyed military without any doubt, but its military abilities and the territorial controls are not the main problem we have with IS.
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Will we see two Islamic emirates in Syria soon?  
If these groups do survive the fierce attacks that will be mounted against them, and establish small sovereign states in Syria-Iraq, this would significantly enhance their recruiting, financing, and operational capabilities in Arab societies.
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A critical Palestinian shift worth watching  
A whole new political battleground is taking shape, in which Palestinians and Israelis are much more evenly matched, which could one day spark reasonable and honorable compromises for the sake of both people’s long-term well-being.
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Brazil: coup or fiasco?  
It seems almost certain that Rousseff will be impeached and removed permanently from office. She is not the real target. The real target is Lula.
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Is this the way out of our awful situation?  
The upstart Beirut Madinati (Beirut My City) movement of technocrats, young professionals, academics, and progressive activists is an important development for several reasons that may have repercussions across the region.
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Yes, let us honestly assess Sykes-Picot’s ugly century  
Upon us is the 100-year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement that was signed on May 18, 1916 — one of the world’s first global joint ventures in deviant political behavior.
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Al-Qaeda aims in Idlib offer an important test  
Truly historic moments in the lives of political movements occur only rarely, and we may be witnessing such a moment now in the evolving status of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.
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The fateful battle over Arab public space and ideas  
The Egyptian government’s storming of the Egyptian Press Syndicate's offices on Sunday is only the latest and most dramatic move by Arab governments to use a variety of means to control what citizens have access to in their media.
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The Spanish drama  
King Philip VI of Spain has announced new elections for June 26, 2016. As this drama plays out in Spain, the world will be watching, reacting, and drawing lessons.
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The music says so: the battle for citizen rights will be won  
The government of Jordan last week had banned a public performance by the Lebanese band Mashrou Leila, but this week reversed the decision and allowed the band to perform.
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