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Thursday, September 18, 2014   4:41 GMT



Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 18 Sep (IPS) - A successful agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday.
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U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 17 Sep (IPS) - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday.
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Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 15 Sep (IPS) - Despite elite concerns about growing “isolationism” in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should “take an active part in world affairs,” according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.
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U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 12 Sep (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.
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Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 12 Sep (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama’s new strategy to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.
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Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 11 Sep (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo - and perhaps virtually dead.
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U.S. Military Joins Ebola Response in West Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 8 Sep (IPS) - The U.S. military over the weekend formally began to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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OPINION
ISIS Primarily a Threat to Arab Countries
EmileNakhleh
, 5 Sep (IPS) - Millions of words have been written about the rise, conquests, and savagery of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Both have declared an “Islamic State” in their areas although Boko Haram has not claimed the mantle of a successor to the Prophet Muhammad as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has done in Greater Syria. The two groups are the latest in a string of terrorist organisations in the past two decades.
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Sanctions and Retaliations
Simply Unconscionable
Somar Wijayadasa
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The crisis in Ukraine is a man-made disaster created by world leaders who have been trying to pull Ukraine apart - either towards Europe or Russia.
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OPINION
Iraq On the Precipice
Bill Miller
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The catastrophic events in Iraq that are unfolding daily are more significant than at any point in recent memory.
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