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MIDDLE EAST/ The battle against Islamic State must include a postwar plan


IS can and will be beaten, but we need to know what comes next. We need a just peace and a practical plan to take us beyond the trauma and for how to bring people home. By ROBERT JOUSTRA

The Middle East continues to be the centre of an unresolved crisis which perpetrates great suffering for the local people and threatens the world’s stability


ISRAEL/ Winters: Netanyahu's Somersaults

Netanyahu’s re-election is not conducive to hope for a peaceful settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians, but the turmoil in the region has further reasons. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


POLITICS/ Winters: The Mideast Mess

The coup in Yemen and changes in Saudi Arabia are not easing the very difficult situation in the Middle East and shows the limits of the US policy. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


REFUGEES/ AVSI: Migration in the Middle East, facing the emergency

Because of the ongoing conflict in Syria and in Iraq the refugee emergency is getting worse every day and it involves further countries, like Lebanon. AVSI reports on this tragic situation


SYRIA/ The account of Custodian Pizzaballa after his visit to Aleppo

ATS Pro Terra Sancta reports on the visit Father PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA – Custodian of the Holy Land and president of the Association pro Terra Sancta – in the massacred city of Aleppo


MIDDLE EAST/ Winters: Congress, Obama and ISIS

The vote in the House does not start the US down a clear path to any kind of victory. But, it is a step forward, and we should not be afraid to walk down this path. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


RIMINI MEETING/ The Power of the Heart – Researchers of Truth: The Custos of the Holy Land

Fr PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, Custos of the Holy Land and President of the Association pro Terra Sancta, took part in the Rimini Meeting where he talked on the situation in the Middle East


MIDDLE EAST/ Leah Shakdiel: Disintegration of Israeli Society into Racism and Apartheid

In this interview with Terrasanta.net, LEAH SHAKDIEL, a Zionist and militant for the rights of the Palestinians, urges an opposition to the increase of violence also on the side of Israel


WESTERN POLICY/ Winters:The Mideast Crises & Morality

Israel and the West need to be as clever at creating peace as they are at fighting wars and remember that the costs of war are always greater than the costs of peace. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2014 / Fr. Samir: Hoping against Hope in the Middle East

Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, in his talk at the NEW, spoke about the possibility, and hope, to build an open society in Islamic countries, Christians and Muslims together. By SHARON MOLLERUS


MIDDLE EAST/ Bishop Shomali: This is how Francis can bring peace to Israel and Palestine

Ilsusssidiario.net has interviewed WILLIAM SHOMALI, Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, on the meeting between Pope Francis and the Palestinian President Abu Mazen


SYRIA/ Unpunished or unchanged? The Pope’s response

The response around the world to the call by Pope Francis gave witness to the common feeling that the world could not tolerate the constant proliferation of violence. By Sr. EDITH BOGUE


SYRIA/ Albacete: Kerry’s careless words and the pleas of Pope Francis

LORENZO ALBACETE comments on some possible positive developments of the Syrian crisis and compares Kerry’s careless words with Popes Francis’ and John Paul II’s pleas for peace


SYRIA/ Moralistic political theater

Assad bears full responsibility for using chemical weapons, but will the success of the opposition, which consists mostly of Islamist groups, better the Syrian situation? By SCOTT DODGE


SYRIA/ Fisk (The Independent): Syria is exactly like Iraq

ROBERT FISK, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, analyses the possible consequences of an attack on Assad by the West, making a comparison with the unsuccessful Iraq war