Articles by Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan covers breaking news for the International Business Times, with a special focus on the Middle East. He previously worked as a freelance journalist covering religion, politics and human rights in Turkey, and has also spent time in Morocco, the Palestinian West Bank, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan. His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, IRIN News, Religion News Service, the Forward and more. 

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How To Watch MSNBC Town Halls

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will take the stage a day before voters in five Eastern states head to the polls.

The Slippery Slope In Syria

President Obama fears getting the U.S. more entrenched in the war in Syria, but the rise of ISIS has forced him to take an active role.

Germany To Build Air Base In Turkey

The facility is expected to include an air control center for military aircraft, accommodations for soldiers and a combat headquarters in its fight against ISIS.

'Chag Sameah!'

Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the biblical story of liberation from bondage in Egypt, is just about here.
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Hiding An Ugly Truth

Hundreds of thousands of tourists will descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics this summer — but there’s a part of the city the government is hoping to hide.

Watch Bernie Sanders Speak From Rome

The Vatican asked the presidential candidate to speak about the economy and social justice in a visit many see as risky given its timing prior to the New York primary.

Ted Cruz Faces Anti-Semitism Claims

The suspicions relate to the GOP candidate's "New York values" comments, seen by some as anti-Jewish. But he met with Orthodox Jewish voters Thursday to gather support.