Too close for comfort?
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The last thing the Middle East needs is another open conflict between two massive military powers. Fortunately, they both seem to agree.
Israeli military personnel practicing their response to a chemical weapons attack.
A decades-long policy of ambiguity means that Israel's chemical arsenal remains the subject of speculation.
A protester holds a placard at an Adelaide rally against live export.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
Israeli forces fire tear gas at protesters from Gaza.
Thanks to a violent fringe of protesters backed by Hamas, a far larger non-violent movement is struggling to control the narrative of what's happening in Gaza.
Just as Iran's centre ground was collapsing under political pressure, Donald Trump offered the hardliners a gift.
The Israeli army launches tear gas at protesters on the border with Gaza.
International NGOs are promoting a 'resilience agenda' that masks their own failings in Palestine.
A recent skirmish between Iran and Israel put the spotlight back on one of the most sensitive territories in the world.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.
This photo, provided May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Israeli missiles in the sky as others hit air defence positions and other military bases in Damascus, Syria.
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Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979.
Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
He said he’d do it, and he has.
Iran is a dangerous mischief-maker in the Middle East – but scrapping the nuclear deal will probably make things worse.
An Israeli F-16 pilot prepares for a drill.
Years of mediation by Russia have helped keep a direct Israeli-Iranian conflict off the agenda. But things have changed.
Netanyahu “exposes” Iran.
Israel's prime minister failed to undermine the validity of Iran's nuclear deal, and instead ended up demonstrating just how important it is.
Assad’s 2007 re-election campaign underway.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
Mike Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state on April 26.
The new secretary of state once called the Iran nuclear deal 'unconscionable.' If he supports Trump's instinct to scrap the agreement on May 12, it could unleash violence across the volatile Mideast.
The Pentagon briefs the media on strikes against Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.
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A recent intervention by the US, the UK and France is only part of a far broader – and deadlier – campaign.
The “Burney Relief,” which is believed to represent either Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, or her older sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld (c. 19th or 18th century BC)
Sex was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia. And the authors of Sumerian love poetry, depicting the exploits of divine couples, showed a wealth of practical knowledge about the stages of female sexual arousal.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
President Erdoğan of Turkey is happy to jaw-jaw, but will war-war where necessary.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks nothing short of leading the Muslim world, building on Turkey's imperial Ottoman past.
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