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Saturday, November 01, 2014   4:17 GMT


OPINION
The Islamic State’s Ideology Is Grounded in Saudi Education
Emile Nakhleh
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group’s “Amir al-Mu’minin,” presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to “eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences.”
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Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 28 Oct (IPS) - U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on.
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OPINION
Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
SAN JUAN, 26 Oct (IPS) - In late 1986, Washington was rocked by revelations that the Ronald Reagan administration had illegally aided a stateless army known as the contras in Central America.
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U.S. Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 Oct (IPS) - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: "We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters."
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U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 21 Oct (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington’s efforts to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
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History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating.
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Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Despite the public’s persistent war weariness, the U.S. defence budget – the world’s biggest by far – may be set to rise again, according to a new study released here this week by the Center for International Policy (CIP).
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Uruguay’s Decision Could Come Too Late for Gitmo Detainees
Diana Cariboni
MONTEVIDEO, 13 Oct (IPS) - Uruguayan President José Mujica bought time for his plan to host six prisoners of Guantánamo, handing over the decision to the winner of the incoming elections. But time is a scarce resource for the inmates of this United States military prison on Cuban soil.
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U.S. Anti-ISIL Strategy Drawing Growing Scepticism
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - Hopes that the strategy announced by President Barack Obama a month ago against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) might yield a relatively quick victory have disappeared amidst growing fears that the U.S.-led air campaign has at most only slowed the radical group’s advance.
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Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options
Shahin Abbasov
BAKU, 4 Oct (IPS) - Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance.
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