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The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the World’s Population? The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by …

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‘Plan B’ and the Bankruptcy of US Syria Policy

Gareth Porter US Secretary of State John Kerry provoked widespread speculation when he referred in testimony before the Senate foreign relations committee last week to “significant discussions” within US President Barack Obama’s administration about a “Plan B” in Syria. The speculation was further stoked by a “senior official” …

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Gulf nations declare Lebanon’s Hizballah a ‘terrorist’ group

Gulf monarchies on Wednesday declared Lebanon’s Hizballah a “terrorist” group, in the latest regional move against the Shia organisation fighting in support of Syria’s regime. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council “decided to consider the militias (of Hizballah) a terrorist organisation”, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement. …

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Obama’s Zig-Zag Path to NATO Boots in Syria

As Secretary of State John Kerry seriously pursues a Russian-American-United Nations administered cease-fire and humanitarian relief effort as the first concrete step towards implementing the Geneva agreement, the Pentagon is preparing for an eventual NATO intervention in Syria to defeat the Islamic State. This seemingly paradoxical approach to the …

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