What surprises can we expect from Avigdor Liberman?

The pragmatic character of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman might surprise those who catalogued him in the right wing of Israel's political map.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on November 15

Syrian Kurdish Front Divided As Geneva II Approaches

As efforts intensify to prepare for the Geneva II Syria conference, Kurdish groups are increasingly divided over issues relating to representation.
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Translated from Radikal (Turkey) on November 3

Turkey’s Militant Left Treads On 'New' Roads

With its roots in armed rebellion against the state, the Turkish and Kurdish militant left looks for ways of waging political battles under a new banner.
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 Yasemin Çongar for Al-Monitor on November 3

Iraqi 'Exile' Politicians Build Patronage Networks

Former exiles who are now leading politicans are perceived by many Iraqis as abusing their authority and privileges.
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 Harith al-Qarawee for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on November 3

AKP Trips on Islamic Tweets

Religious rhetoric by Justice and Development Party elites over marginal or irrelevant issues often seem unnecessary and divisive.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 3

The Evolution of ISIS

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, appeared only recently in Syria but has been able to quickly eclipse other groups.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on November 1

Dahlan-Abbas Reconciliation Not a Done Deal

Attempts to reconcile the two Fatah rivals have so far failed, and have instead prompted internal Fatah bickering.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 1

Lebanon: Between Tripoli and Balochistan

Northern Lebanon is paying the price for the rise of radicalism in the region.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on November 1

Erbil-Baghdad Tensions Increase As Maliki Visits Washington

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visits Washington as tensions between his government and the Kurdistan Regional Government increase over disputed oil exports. 
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 1

Israeli Municipal Elections Amplify Ultra-Orthodox, Secular Conflict

Municipal elections in Jerusalem and in the declining town of Beit Shemesh testify to the intensity of the cultural war within Israeli society, where ultra-Orthodox and secular clash over Israel's image.  
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 Daniel Ben Simon for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on November 1

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