Persian Posturing: Relating Religious History to Current Disputes in the Middle East

Military maneuvering and Iran are related topics. The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway that connects 40 percent of oil tanker traffic through the Persian Gulf. Since 1980, Iran has threatened to mine the waterway, but the American Navy’s Fifth Fleet patrols the region from its base in Bahrain and vows to stop threats to maritime traffic.

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No End in Sight for Algerian Presidential Protests

Protests continue to rock Algeria, an energy-rich country in northern Africa that hasn’t seen demonstrations this large since the 2011 Arab Spring. The protests follow the decision of the sitting president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which he has since regressed from, to run for a fifth term and continue his two-decade-long rule.

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FOCUS on Walls: United States

A wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been a pillar of President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration since inception. His vision of the wall would span 1,900 miles of land, supported by natural barriers and border patrol, and would cost any wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been a pillar of President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration since inception

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