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Thursday 19 September 2013
Iran: an opportunity to be seized
Editorial: If Iran is to make the concessions necessary for the lifting of punitive sanctions, it needs to be given a clear road map
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Editorial
18.21 EDT
The state of Libya must be built
Soldiers and relatives of victims of the Abu Salim massacre at ex-intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi's trial in Tripoli, 19 September. Photograph: Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA
Ian Martin: The people who defied Muammar Gaddafi still need international support, but not intervention, in their bid to overcome his legacy
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Ian Martin
14.31 EDT
Diplomacy, not war on Syria is a victory for the American public
US Secretary of State John Kerry next to United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during a press conference after their high-stakes talks on Syria's chemical weapons at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Amy Goodman: A remarkable push by US and UK citizens to restrain military intervention creates an opportunity for wider Middle East peace
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Amy Goodman
13.00 EDT
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Libya: the weak hand of the law
Editorial: Two years after the national transitional council took its seat in the United Nations, central government is still a hypothetical notion
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Editorial
15.59 EDT
Diplomacy over Syria brings another chance to talk with Iran
Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani. ‘Iran has a new president who seems intent on entering into a calmer dialogue about its nuclear programme and reducing the concerns about it.’ Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images
Hans Blix: A diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis could also prompt a calmer dialogue over Tehran's nuclear programme
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Hans Blix
13.30 EDT
Syria: the story of a revolution - video
Filmmaker and adviser to rebel fighters Matthew VanDyke is taken around the ruined streets of Aleppo by an FSA fighter and photographer, who describe how the war has changed the lives of Syrians for ever
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Matthew VanDyke
08.02 EDT
US-Iran talks are an opportunity for reconciliation that must not be wasted
Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani: 'If the Americans demonstrate, both in words and actions that they are not irrational, then they would find Iranians benevolent, rational, and ready to engage.' Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP
Hossein Mousavian: Barack Obama should stop threatening Iran with force, and recognise that its leaders do not respond well to intimidation
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Hossein Mousavian
06.00 EDT
Vladimir Putin can preen himself over Syria but the pressure on him is intense
Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images
Simon Jenkins: The Russian leader has cunningly upstaged Obama. But now he's the dominant player, his own reputation is on the line
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Simon Jenkins
01.00 EDT
Monday 16 September 2013
To claim that the EU is keener to stop refugees than help them is wrong
African immigrants queue for food in a refugee camp near the wired zone that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Photograph: Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Štefan Füle: Response: EU funds for Morocco help to protect migrants' rights, not to undermine them
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Štefan Füle
14.05 EDT
Sunday 15 September 2013
Syria: the deal that only goes so far
Editorial: Taking chemical weapons off the battlefield will be little relief to civilians and no help to the Free Syrian Army
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17.22 EDT
Saturday 14 September 2013
The US: world's policeman or schoolyard bully?
Pax Americana: a beneficiary of US air superiority, Laos was bombed with 3m tons of ordnance, 1964-73. Photograph: Mines Advisory Group
Bill Maher: Ever since 9/11, it seems America's just been itching for a fight – and any Muslim country will do. Really, who acts like this?
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Bill Maher
07.00 EDT
Friday 13 September 2013
If the Syrian talks are to progress, the US will have to include Iran
John Kerry, Lakhdar Brahimi and Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. If the Syrian bloodletting is to stop, the US will have to negotiate with Iran. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA
Michael Williams: The diplomatic imperatives of the Middle East mean that Iran, Syria's main ally, has to be invited to the negotiating table
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Michael Williams
15.30 EDT
An Israeli claim to Temple Mount would trigger unimaginable violence
Israeli school children look over Jerusalem and the walled Old City, including the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA
Giles Fraser: Loose canon: The settler mentality is now increasingly focusing on what is politically the most explosive site on the planet
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Giles Fraser
13.11 EDT
What makes US-Israeli intelligence co-operation 'exceptional'?
Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, meeting with President Obama earlier this year. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters
Matthew Brodsky: Israel and the US face shared threats in the Middle East. NSA intel-sharing is no less legitimate than with 'Five Eyes' partners
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Matthew Brodsky
12.17 EDT
On Syria, Putin is a modern Machiavelli – and that's a good thing
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, at the G20 in St Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Vadim Nikitin: The Russian president's New York Times op-ed was a scathing indictment of Barack Obama's morality-based foreign policy
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Vadim Nikitin
11.29 EDT
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