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Houthis tighten grip on #Yemen capital Yemen's Houthi fighters have tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long uprising against the government.
Syrian Kurds 'halt ISIL push' near Turkey Syrian Kurdish fighters say they have stopped the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Syria near the Turkish border.
New Afghan president hails election deal Afghanistan's new President-elect Ashraf Ghani congratulated the country on what he called its first democratic transfer of power, with the Taliban, an Islamic movement which took control and continues to fight in Afghanistan, rejecting the pact.
#Ukraine army and rebels pull back from east Ukranian officials have said that government troops and pro-Russian rebels are withdrawing forces and artillery from frontline positions in eastern Ukraine following a peace agreement between the two sides.

Zionism and the Educational Elites

ZionismThe Zionists Have a Problem

Due to Israel’s brutal racism and repeated attacks on Palestinian civilians, it is losing popular support internationally. As this happens, the Zionists appear to be intensifying pressure on societal and political elites, particularly in the U.S. and other Western states, to maintain policies that support and protect Israel’s criminal behavior.

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Palestine; Israel’s Arms Testing Lab

weaponsIsrael had turned Palestinian occupied territories, especially Gaza Strip, into a laboratory for refining, testing and showcasing its own weapons systems as well as other countries’ new experimental and illegal weapon systems. Israel is satisfying the military testing needs of mainly western hegemonic states, thus guaranteeing their political support to gain immunity for its continuous war crimes against Palestinians. These hegemonic states would not exert any real pressure on Israel to give up the Palestinian occupied territories or to finalize or accept any peace negotiations with Palestinians or with any Arab state.

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After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel

The 50-day Israeli military operation that killed over 2100 Palestinians, wounded another 11,000, and undoubtedly traumatized the entire Gazan population of 1.7 million also took the lives of 70 Israelis, of which 65 were soldiers. This last violent encounter has ended without a clear victory for either side. Despite this, Israel and Hamas are each insisting that ‘victory’...

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Neoliberal rape in Spain

by Belen Fernandez

While being interviewed on Spanish radio last month, Francisco Javier Leon de la Riva - the mayor of Valladolid, northwest Spain's largest city - announced that he was wary of getting...

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Scotland on the Euphrates

Two countries competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the...

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Confronting ISIL: Why bombing is doomed to fail

by Rachel Shabi

It may have got what it wanted, the group that says we must call it "Islamic State". As it aired videos showing the unconscionable, gruesome beheadings of two US journalists and a British aid worker, the response from the leaders of those respective countries came right on cue.

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ISIS, Militarism, and the Violent Imagination

Before ISIS

The beheading of American and British journalists who were being held hostage by ISIS creates a truly horrifying spectacle, and quite understandably mobilizes the political will to destroy the political actor who so shocks and frightens the Western sensibility, which is far from being free from responsibility for such lurid incidents. Never in modern times...

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India-China Tango

Part 1

Hurdles and differences highlighted by ignoranti and speculative expectations dilute positive outcome need for patience and resolve to overcome hurdles and perceptions.

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Politics

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Where’s My IPony?

Shake off the blues, put on your shoes, and tell grandma the news: the next generation iPhones are here. Cue the “woo- hoos.” And guess what: they’re huge. Or not. You choose. It’s like iGoldilocks. There’s a small, a medium and a large. And the best part- no bears.

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Who's Left Holding the Bag?

Let's all admit it; the wars we have been fighting in the Middle East have been for resources, mostly oil. When something happens in other parts of the World that are devoid of resources, we invariably ignore it. One only has to look at the situation in Darfur, where people were starving en masse, and we turned a blind eye. If the country isn't in a strategic area, or it has no...

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Firestorm Over Steven Salaita's Sacking

Criticizing Israel publicly entails huge risks. Becoming persona non grata in politics, the media, business and academia may follow. It's a career ender for most who try.

At most, short-term protests follow. They're usually or entirely local. Salaita's University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign (ULUC) sacking elevated public anger to a new level.

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Syria’s very own South Lebanon Army?

by Jonathan Cook

Remember the SLA, or the South Lebanon Army? They were a largely Lebanese Christian militia backed and financed by Israel as part of its long-standing policy to keep Lebanon divided and weak – and to help Israel annex the southern parts of Lebanon, if the aims of early Israeli leaders like David Ben Gurion are to be credited.

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ISIS, Scotland and The Politics of Mimicry

Is the fact that half of the Scots want to split from Britain and the news that hundreds of young Muslim Brits are fighting with Jihadi militant groups in Syria connected?

Of course they are. These two social phenomena are intrinsically linked, yet in the intellectual desert in which we live, no one dares to address the subject. The boundaries of our curiosity are limited...

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ISIS - a new threat from Middle-East

These medieval marauding brutes of Islamic State of Iraq & Levant need to be stopped on their tracks. Working through a Caliphate these brutes are spreading death and depredation in the areas under their control which they now call simply the Islamic State (IS), after removing the names Iraq and Levant from its earlier avatar.

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Tensions high near the Syria-Turkey border

Tensions were high near the Syria-Turkey border on Monday, as a flag of the Islamic State group was hoisted in the Syrian village of Koski, a mile from...

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Call for U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in #Syria

The head of Syria's Western-backed opposition group is calling for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Speaking...

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ISIL shelling Kurdish villages

This video published by ISIL purports to show the group shelling Kurdish villages in northern Aleppo.

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US airstrike targeting ISIL's headquarters in Duloaiya

At least 30 ISIL fighters have been killed in a US airstrike targeting ISIL's headquarters in Duloaiya, near the old airport in Salah al-Din province.

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Syrian Kurdish fighters

Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by ISIL fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for...

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