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By the end of May, Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq was clearly in retreat. The radical Islamist movement lost between 30 to 40 percent of the territory that it had seized since June 2014.

More important than sheer territory, since ISIS held mostly desert land, was the loss of towns. In addition to their strategic value, the population centers – importa...

The idea of an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was originally raised by former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in January.  This French initiative was meant to be an answer to the tense and deteriorating relations between Israel and the Palestinians since 2014.

In April 2014, the US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian ne...

Avigdor Liberman took over as Israel's Defense Minister on May 31. This followed a surprise turnabout when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been conducting coalition negotiations with the center-left Zionist Union party, chose instead the radical right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party, led by Liberman. Leading journalist Khaled Abu Toameh asses...

Mauro Vieira, until recently the Brazilian Foreign Minister, told the Arab-South America Summit, which took place in Riyadh in November 2015, that there are about 16 million Brazilians of Arab origin out of a total population of 200 million.

I believe that this figure is somehow exaggerated, and yet, it is undeniable that in Brazil and elsewhere in...

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