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IS imposes new rules on education in Syria, Iraq - October 24, 2014 (Al-Monitor)

The Islamic State (IS) project goes beyond making a political change for the region’s map. The organization seeks a comprehensive and fundamental change at all levels, whether culturally, socially, economically or politically. It is a major ideological revolution akin to the communist revolutions in Russia and China.

North Korea’s Nuclear Program Advancing, U.S. Military Leader Says - October 24, 2014 (Foreign Policy)

North Korea now has the capability to manufacture a nuclear warhead that can be placed on a rocket, a significant step forward in Kim Jong Un’s efforts to develop nuclear missiles, a top U.S. commander told reporters on Friday.

Islamic State recruits loose in Toronto - October 22, 2014 (Toronto Sun)

A year ago, the words ISIS and ISIL had not yet entered our vocabulary. Now it seems this war has come to the shores of Canada with an attack by a follower of Islamic State.

Turkey’s Love Affair with Hamas - October 14, 2014 (Gatestone Institute)

The Palestinian cause” is a unique charm that brings together Turks from different ideologies. Turkish Islamists view it as an indispensable part of “jihad;” the conservatives feel attached to it because it has a religious connotation; for the leftists it is part of an “anti-imperialist” struggle; the nationalists embrace it just because most Turks embrace it. In the 1970s, when a dozen Turks a day on average were killed in street violence, the “Palestinian cause” was the only issue that otherwise warring fractions of the Turkish left, right and Islamists could agree on.

Iran Remains the Threat in the Middle East - October 18, 2014 (BESA Center Perspectives)

Many pundits have decided that the Islamic State is fundamentally changing the Middle East and they grope for new strategies to meet the challenge. In reality, however, the novelty of the Islamic State, as well as the magnitude of the threat it poses, are greatly exaggerated.

Iran, Russia Hold Joint Naval Exercise - October 16, 2014 (Associated Press)

Iran’s state television says two Russian warships have left a northern Iranian port after the two countries held a joint, three-day naval exercise in the Caspian Sea.

Ebola outbreak is just the beginning of pattern of deadly diseases, science writer David Quammen warns - October 14, 2014 (Herald Sun)

David Quammen has spent years researching emerging viruses officially known as zoonotic — they live in an animal host and occasionally jump to, or “spill over”, into human beings. With the US in the grips of an Ebola panic after Texan nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with the deadly virus, Quammen has issued an ominous warning: “This is not a one-time deal”.

Turkey Has Been Consistent, Just Not in Line With U.S. - October 14, 2014 (New York Times)

Turkey could still commit itself to becoming a more active member of the anti-ISIS coalition, though that seems unlikely.

Houston Drops Sermons from Subpoenas - October 17, 2014 (Christianity Today)

New subpoenas issued Friday by the City of Houston do not ask five local pastors for sermon notes, instead limiting their request to instructions regarding a petition to repeal the city’s equal rights ordinance. The word “sermon” has been removed, as well as the requests for pastors’ teachings on sexuality and gender identity. The subpoenas still list all speeches, presentations, documents, text messages, emails, and other communication related to the ordinance, the petition, and their campaign to collect signatures.

Boko Haram poses a serious challenge to the Nigerian government - October 16, 2014 (Homeland Security Newswire)

The sophistication of Boko Haram’s operations including the prison break, use of propaganda, and the bombing of key government buildings has led some analysts to suggest that the group might be gaining help from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest - September 30, 2014 (The Week)

You should really care that the German Ethics Council (a government committee) has pronounced that Germany’s laws banning consensual incest between adult brothers and sisters ought to be abolished.

Two dead after explosion in Iranian nuclear facility - October 06, 2014 (Jerusalem Post)

Two workers were killed in an explosion that took place at a military explosives factory southeast of Tehran, near the suspected nuclear reactor in Parchin, IRNA, the official Iranian news agency, reported Monday. The agency quoted Iran’s Defense Industries Organization, which said a fire occurred Sunday night, killing two people.

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