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BEIRUT, Lebanon — A series of powerful explosions rocked the outskirts of Damascus early Sunday morning, which Syrian state television said was the result of Israeli missile attacks on a Syrian military installation.

Strange Alliances: A Rumination on Islam, Iran, and the Left

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Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has asserted that there is a threat from the “strange union” of Islam and the political Left in the West, particularly in Europe. Nir Boms and Shayan Arya tend to agree. Here they explore what they see as the various historical nexuses of this phenomenon
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India's Foreign Minister embarks on three-day visit to Tehran

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India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Friday embarked on a three-day visit to Tehran to attend the 17th meeting of India-Iran Joint Commission. He is the Co-chairperson of the Joint Commission along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran
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Iran’s Nuclear Odyssey: Costs and Risks

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Iran’s half-century nuclear odyssey has been marked by enormous financial costs, unpredictable risks, and unclear motivations. The program’s covert history, coupled with the Iranian government’s prohibition of open media coverage of the nuclear issue, has prevented a much-needed internal debate about its cost-benefit rationale. Critical questions about the program’s economic efficacy and safety h
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Iran Has Drug Policy Praised by UNODC and a High Rate of Opium Addiction

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Marya Hannun has written a blog post for Foreign Policy on the war on drugs and Iran, a country which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has praised as having the "one of the world's strongest counter-narcotics responses."
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In Menendez's Troubles, Echoes of Past Scandals

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An ethical cloud is following Sen. Robert Menendez in Washington, even as he plays starring roles in some of Congress' most fraught domestic and foreign policy dramas.
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