Middle East

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Violence has cropped up again in the Middle East in recent days, as Russia has carried out military strikes against ISIS, which opposes of Syria's ruling regime. ISIS also opposes the United States, so you might assume our government would be in favor of those military strikes. But as with everything involving the Middle East, the reality is a lot more complex.

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Between the recent Israeli elections to the deteriorating situation in Yemen, the Middle East is in the news again.

Our foreign policy contributor Art Cyr spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to put things into context, starting with the root problems creating a potential path to civil war in Yemen:

Lake Effect contributor Art Cyr is Professor of Political Economy and World Business and the Director of the A.W. Claussen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha.

Syrians Speak Out Through Their Art

Feb 3, 2015
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As violent conflict continues in Syria, some natives are expressing their feelings on the revolution through art. The artists, however, are not free from consequence.

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Last week on Lake Effect, former CIA official Graham Fuller commented on the root causes for the rise of ISIS in the Middle East - laying a large part of the blame on US military action in Iraq.

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Reports surfaced this week that the Obama Administration is considering changing senior members of its foreign policy team after its troubled reactions to several crises.

The Ebola outbreak and the rise of the ISIS - or Islamic State - movement have taxed the United States role as a world leader and have sparked criticism from people on both sides of the aisle in this country. But Graham Fuller, leading foreign policy analyst, believes the issue with ISIS extends to a point before President Obama took office.

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Our round-up of world events includes a look at the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria, the Chinese government's crackdown on activists, and the new royal baby.