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What happened? White House stunned as wars rage across the Middle East

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Special to WorldTribune.com When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a familiar foreign policy vision that had been the refrain of the Left’s criticism of his predecessor: The U.S. would withdraw from the region’s conflicts and focus on its […]

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‘Death to America, death to Israel’: Last words of worshippers in mosque attack

Aftermath of the suicide attack in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 20. / Hani Mohammed / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamic preacher was leading congregants in a chant against America, Israel and Jews last week when a terrorist with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant blew himself up in their midst. Some 142 people were […]

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Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and David Marshall: anti-hero and hero

People's Action Party Secretary-General Lee Kuan Yew, center, and Labour Front Leader David Marshall, right, during the 1955 general elections. / Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

Sol W. Sanders Following is an excerpt from People! Vignettes gathered along the way through a long life, by Sol Sanders, to be published later this spring by Lulu.com. Former Mentor Minister Lee Kwan Yew, 91, died March 23, 2015 […]

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Pro-Israel AIPAC delivers first public challenge to Obama

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on March 2. in Washington, DC. / Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP

Israel’s top lobbyist has issued its first public rebuke of the Obama administration over its response to the landslide electoral victory of Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his statements shortly before and after the election. President Barack Obama on […]

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Egypt’s bet: Reform Islam, boost economy, ignore Obama

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at March 15 investors conference.

Sol W. Sanders Any hope for an exit from the current Middle East chaos lies with the efforts of Gen. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stabilize its politics and rebuild the Egyptian economy. With its 90 million people and traditional […]

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Egypt’s Sisi faces growing pressure from jihadists, Obama administration

Among the targets in February was Vodafone store in Cairo. / Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Anger is building in Egypt’s government at being treated with hostility by its traditional ally in Washington while coping with a drumbeat of terror incidents targeting security forces in Sinai and foreign business interests here. […]

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Rise of Iran’s warrior class: Succession in the air with reports of Khamenei’s decline

Last September, Iran’s 75-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, underwent successful prostate cancer surgery. / Office of Supreme Leader

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs There are new reports of a sharp deterioration in the health of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini Khamenei [denied as propaganda by the […]

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Kerry seeks to calm Saudis, Gulf leaders on imminent Iran deal

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied Gulf Arab leaders today on behalf of the Obama administration’s upcoming rapproachement with Iran. Subsequent statements by Saudi leaders indicated they remain skeptical of U.S. intentions and are concerned about […]

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New leader of Free World: Netanyahu gives the speech an American president should have made

'Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand' / Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto Israel will fight Iran alone, if it must. That is the striking message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to a joint session of Congress, garnering thunderous applause and numerous standing ovations. The historic […]

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Post-Gadhafi Libya now a jihadist springboard backed by Iran, Qatar, Sudan and Turkey

Rome now a target: Security forces have bee deployed at selected sites due to terror threats from ISIL. / Winston Ross / Newsweek

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The consolidation of a self-proclaimed Caliphate in eastern Libya provides the jihadist camp with springboard into Africa and southern Europe. That strategic thrust, supported […]

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