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Saudi Arabia, Iran Dispute Affects Hajj Pilgrims

By Ibrahim Alkhayal There is an ongoing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran surrounding this year’s Hajj, the annual trip to Islam’s holiest city, Makkah. Saudi-Iranian relations took a dive this year after Iran refused to sign a Saudi document requiring … Continue reading

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Duolingo, the Universal Translator

by Corey Smith It’s an idyllic concept: anyone in the world can go to any website and, at the click of a button, translate it into whatever language they choose. WikiLeaks in Farsi? No problem. KnowYourMeme in Russian? Of course. … Continue reading

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Demonizing Iran & the Electronic Curtain

by Gabby LaVerghetta President Barack Obama in his Nowruz address to the Iranian people coined the term “electronic curtain” to describe the lack of access to online information in Iran.  (Please see “Iran’s Electronic Curtain” for more.)  Now, the United … Continue reading

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Sarkozy Blames the Internet for Jihadist Violence

by Rick Rockwell French President Nicolas Sarkozy is winning plaudits for his handling of the killing spree that gripped Toulouse, France last week.  By taking a strong stand to bolster a grieving nation and pushing his security forces to their … Continue reading

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Iran’s Electronic Curtain

by Gabby LaVerghetta A new curtain has descended between the East and West. This time it’s electronic. To commemorate the Persian New Year, called Nowruz, this week President Barack Obama delivered a YouTube message to the Iranian people.  In the … Continue reading

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