Some observers predict Obama will make an 11th-hour push for Mideast peace – Washington Post

Last-minute initiatives for Mideast peace are becoming a bit of a tradition for American presidents. In December 1988, President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George P. Shultz, opened direct talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization, angering the Israeli government. As late as January 2001, his last month in office, President Bill Clinton was willing to […]

‘Netanyahu among Obama’s deepest disappointments concerning Mideast leaders’ – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “in his own category” among US President Barack Obama’s deepest disappointments concerning Middle East leaders, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in a sprawling feature on Obama’s foreign policy doctrine published in the Atlantic on Thursday. Goldberg, who is considered close to Obama, said that the US president has […]

VP Biden Meets With Jordan’s King Abdullah, Key Mideast Ally – ABC News

Vice President Joe Biden held talks Thursday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a key U.S. military ally in the region, including in the battle against Islamic State extremists. Washington has scaled up military aid to Jordan in recent months in line with the kingdom’s central role in the fight against IS, which controls large areas […]

Obama Seeks to Pave Way to Mideast Deal After He Leaves Office – New York Times

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Harold H. Saunders, Mideast Peace Broker, Dies at 85 – New York Times

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Why Europe should build a ‘Hong Kong’ in Syria – The Week Magazine

Have you noticed that migrants from the Middle East are pouring into Europe? And that this has plunged the continent into a political and social crisis? It seems impossible for Europe, with its stagnating economies and aging population, to integrate these migrants peacefully. Already, they have proved a political boon for far-right and far-left parties […]

This Turkish deal is illegal and betrays Europe’s values – The Guardian

Our increasingly divided and desperate European leaders are failing to deliver an effective collective response to the escalating refugee crisis. Instead of devising a strategy to protect those fleeing the barbarity of Assad, Islamic State (Isis) and the Russian air force, EU leaders are obsessed with devising a system to “stem the flow” – in […]

Europe’s Illiberal Democracies – New York Times

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European shares surge as ECB delivers; Italy up 3% – CNBC

On Thursday, retailer Carrefour proposed raising its 2015 dividend by 2.9 percent to 0.70 euros a share after operating profit rose 2.4 percent to 2.445 billion euros ($2.68 billion), in line with a Thomson Reuters poll average of 2.45 billion euros, Reuters reported. Its shares were trading 3 percent lower on Thursday making it one […]