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Postcard From My Past: Crossing Into Syria - The New York Times
Memories of Syria from a more hopeful era help sustain my humanity.
Syria  middleeast  war  isis  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Killing of Osama bin Laden
It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.
seymourhersh  osamabinladen  terrorism  islam  middleeast  pakistan  military  politics  londonreviewofbooks 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia.
newyorktimes  isis  terrorism  saudiarabia  wahhabism  middleeast 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Minority Life in Israel
My mother, Zakia, was so proud that my sister and I spoke better Hebrew than Arabic. Osman, my father, believed that by achieving the highest levels of education, we would one day be treated as equal in our country, Israel.
rulajebreal  israel  Palestine  middleeast  nytimes 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
How the Israel-Palestine Peace Deal Died
The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble
thenewrepublic  johnkerry  middleeast  Palestine  israel  diplomacy 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Open Season in the Holy Land
Over Thanksgiving, Israel launched an attack on the Gaza Strip, killing Hamas’ second-in-command, Ahmed Jabari. In retaliation, Hamas began firing rockets that were some of the first missiles to hit parts of Israel in 20 years. VICE traveled to the Israel-Gaza border to see what eternal tension had flared up this time.
Israel  Palestine  vice  video  middleeast  war 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Qassem Suleimani, the Middle East’s Most Powerful Operative
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
thenewyorker  iran  middleeast  politics  syria 
december 2013 by brendanmcfadden
How Soccer Explains Israel
Jerusalem's FC Beitar signed two Muslim players from Russia in February and stirred a national controversy
grantland  politics  sports  Israel  middleeast  war  soccer 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden

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