Politics


Congress takes first step on Iran sanctions

The Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 in favor of repercussions if talks drag on.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on January 29

Rouhani: Khomeini chose peace when necessary

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini knew when it was time to make peace.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on January 29

Iraqi Kurdish land grabs anger Sunni Arabs

As Iraqi Kurds benefit from coalition airstrikes and take control of former IS safe havens, they are aggravating tensions with some Sunni Arab communities.
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 Denise Natali for Al-Monitor on January 29

Iraqi folk poets face criticism

Some Iraqi intellectuals say the the spread of folk poems butchers the classic Arabic language and serve the interests of political parties.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on January 29

Israel shows restraint in Hezbollah retaliation

Hezbollah’s attack on an Israeli patrol in Lebanon’s occupied Shebaa Farms was expected to break into an all-out war on Lebanon, but sources told Al-Monitor that Israel was asked not to engage in such a war.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on January 29

Greece election result brings hope to Palestinians

President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas movement welcomed the victory of the Syriza Party in the Greek elections, which promised during its electoral campaign to work on recognizing the Palestinian state.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on January 29

Erdogan's Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose aspirations for regional leadership have failed, has begun trying to acquire leadership of the Islamic world on his Africa tour.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 28

Iran names new UN envoy

Iran's new choice for UN envoy, Gholamali Khoshroo, has a history of facilitating dialogue between faiths and cultures.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on January 28

Summit to focus on reducing terror recruitment

Some analysts say the use of the term “violent extremists” reflects excessive political correctness and that the US government is not properly organized to prevent young people from joining jihadist groups.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on January 28

Kurdish victory in Kobani defeat for Turkish policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressly ruled out the northern Iraq model for Syria's Kurds.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on January 28

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