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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 launches from the USS Carl Vinson in an undated handout picture released in November 2014. The United States will remain the dominant military power in the world for decades to come.
 
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A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010.
 
Russia's Nuclear Ambitions in the Middle East
 
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Why Sisi Fears Egypt's Liberals
 
In recent days, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has seemed less interested in his usual repression of Islamists and more determined to crack down on liberal groups and watchdogs, especially the pro-democracy forces that were involved in the Arab Spring and that continue to challenge him.
 
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Russian Politics Under Putin
 
Despite his image as an all-powerful tsar, Russian President Vladimir Putin has never managed to build a bureaucratically successful authoritarian state. Instead, he has merely crafted his own version of sistema, a deep state has long shaped Russian politics and society—and that will outlast Putin himself. 
 
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Making America Great Again
 
There has been a relentless campaign over many decades to delegitimize the stronger U.S. government that did so much good earlier in the twentieth century. Americans must be reminded of what they once understood so well: that a government capable of rising above narrow private interests and supporting broader public concerns is part of the solution, not the problem.
 
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Algeria's Stained Women
 
In the early to mid-1900s, the Berber women of the Aurès mountains in northeastern Algeria tatooed palm trees, crosses, and small diamonds known as the "partridge's eye" on their faces. In their culture, it was seen as beautiful and considered good luck. But after the country won its independence from the French in 1962, literacy rates increased, as did the influence of Islam. Algerians came to read in the Koran that tattoos are haram, or forbidden. The last generation of women to practice this ritual are now in their 80s or 90s, and they say that they regret the tattoos.
 
 
 
 
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