Turkey-Iran Talks Can Begin To Defuse Syrian Tragedy

Discussions between the foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran reflect a serious departure from the polarization; especially on Syria & between the two regional powers.
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 Clovis Maksoud for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse 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

Syrian Publishing Houses Survive Amid Crisis

The 2½-year crisis ravaging Syria has led to a significant decline in cultural activity, as Syrian publishing houses strive to remain operational amid dire economic conditions and strict governmental monitoring.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) 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

Israeli Army Avoids Confronting Settler Violence

West Bank settlers have once again attacked Palestinian residents and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, and once again the army and police showed no attempt to apprehend the lawbreakers.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor 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

The Saudi Leadership Crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry will try to persuade the kingdom to be part of the solution to the crisis in Syria.
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 Madawi Al-Rasheed for Al-Monitor on November 1

'Next Generation' Seeks WMD-Free Zone in Middle East

A network of young strategists from across the region sees new opportunities for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.--
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Ala Alrababa’h, Nilsu Goren, Karim Kamel, Aviv Melamud, Ariane Tabatabai for Al-Monitor on November 1

Al-Moussawi Says Iraq Can Be 'Bridge' to Syria Solution

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Ali Al-Moussawi, top media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, discusses the Geneva II Syria conference and Iraqi-Turkish relations.
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 Andrew Parasiliti for Al-Monitor on October 31

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