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Can Christians Survive In Today’s Middle East?
Walter Russell Mead examines whether the West can find a way to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East—and stave off a “clash of civilizations”?

“Violent oppression is nothing new for the Christians of these countries. The Ottoman Empire’s well-known genocidal violence against the Armenians during World War I was accompanied by similarly brutal and widespread mass murders of Assyrian Christians. And in the 1930s, in the ethnic and nationalist turmoil following the fall of the Ottomans, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians were murdered in riots and massacres,” he notes.

Will The Black Market Resulting From N.K. Famine Force Reform?
A product of the famine of the 1990s, North Korea’s growing black market might now be large enough to force the Kim regime to experiment with economic reforms, argues Gordon Chang in World Affairs Journal.

The Five Battles Which Changed The Middle East
Akhilesh Pillalamarri contends that as the cradle of civilization, the wars which have raged in the Middle East over the centuries have been the most impactful. He has compiled a list of the top five battles that rank in no particular order.

Why Has Pope Francis Embraced Castro?
Mary Anastassia O’Grady looks at some of the reasons and rumors behind Pope Francis’ decision to embrace the regime of Cuba’s Raul Castro.

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