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"His priority was to counter the influence of rival, mainly Shiite Iran wherever it tried to make advances. He and fellow Sunni Arab monarchs also staunchly opposed the Middle East's wave of pro-democracy uprisings, seeing them as a threat to stability and their own rule" ... ... "While mourning will last for three days during which kingdom's flags will fly at half staff, businesses and shops will remain open"... ... "Our march is to undertake everything possible to keep the unity of our ranks and the unity of word and in defense of our nation's issues, guided by the teachings of our true Islamic religion which was favored by the Lord to us, the religion of peace, mercy and moderation," says his successor: President Abdu Mansour "Hadi’s capitulation was meant to lead to the Houthis withdrawing from all state institutions and checkpoints and releasing the presidential aide. But by nightfall on Thursday, that had not happened" ... ... instead "Houthi rebels called for the demonstrations to be held Friday, while still surrounding the homes of the president and government ministers in the capital": "[W]hile the jailhouse door has opened for the two brothers, pending a retrial, it remains shut for thousands of others who have been jailed under Egypt’s new regime, led by Abdel Fattah al Sisi": When does Islamophobia pay off so well that even a Rhodes scholar is willing to make a fool of himself? Hussein Ibish offers his opinion as to why Bobby Jindal would double down on allegations so absurd that even Steven Emerson backs away from them and Fox News apologizes for airing: "The really dangerous part of this film is that it turns into a referendum on the character of a single soldier ... and not about the Rumsfelds and Cheneys and other officials up the chain who put Kyle and his high-powered rifle on rooftops in Iraq and asked him to shoot women and children": "Kazan said she asked to have a female officer take her photo, which he refused to do, said the lawsuit": "Any new IS presence here is still mostly rumored; no accounting exists for its scale or projection. Yet scattered reports of the emergence of black-clad Afghans with IS ties have led to speculation that the ... international jihadist group may gain a foothold in Afghanistan, as Al Qaeda did" before: "In the past, when members of Congress have gone freelance on foreign policy there’s been a tradition of waving around the Logan Act," but so far the White House has limited it's criticism of Boehner's politically motivated attempt to torpedo the Iran negotiation a breach of protocol" ... ... "From Netanyahu's point of view, he achieves several goals, strutting his stuff in front of an applauding Republican-led Congress two weeks before Israelis vote on March 17", but will he accelerate the eroding American support for Israel, causing the Republican strategy to backfire?

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