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Sepp Blatter resigns as #FIFA president FIFA chief says he will step down from football's governing body once a new president is elected.
Hundreds missing in Chinese tourist ship disaster Only a small number of survivors pulled from water after ship with more than 450 people on board sinks on Yangtze River.
Eurogroup 'unimpressed' with #Greece debt talks Eurogroup chief says not enough progress made at debt talks with Greece and that there will be no half-way compromises.
#Uganda opposition threatens election boycott The opposition FDC party says it will not allow an election to take place without a new independent electoral body.

Does Egypt have a Government?

Abdel Fattah el-SisiMilitary Despotism is not Government

Military officers often take over countries, but only a fool would call the result a government. Governments do not have to be democratic, but they do have to be rule-based. The rules can come in the form of generic laws or customs, but in all cases they have to be promulgated, that is, be publicly set forth. In addition, obedience to the rules has to rest on something more than fear.

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Another Decapitator-in-Chief of America’s Working Class

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie SandersIt is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president, William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing, the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a “great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?

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No ambiguity over Israel's intentions

by Rachel Shabi

For some progressives, the new Israeli cabinet is cause for, well, if not exactly optimism, then at least a small chink of hope. That lies in the idea that, given the make-up of Benjamin Netanyahu's new, alarmingly hard-right coalition ministers, the mask is truly off. There can be no ambiguity over Israel's intentions when you look at some of these...

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An International Roller-Coaster

by Adam Keller

The Eurovision Song Contest, held annually among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, is very important to Israelis. Is perhaps more important to them than to the Europeans themselves. Israelis want very much to be part of Europe.

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Rahul Gandhi's 'thousand cuts' on Modi

Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Indian National Congress headed by Sonia Gandhi has suddenly become active and is practically slamming Prime Minister Modi virtually every day. Since his return from what has been termed a sabbatical he has been latching on to any and every issue to fire charges at Prime Minister Modi or his government.

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The Map on the Wall

A former cabinet minister, an intelligent person -nonetheless- asked me the other day: “Let’s assume that your plan is realized. A Palestinian state will come into being side by side with Israel. Even some kind of federation. Then, in a few years, a violently anti-Israel party will come to power there and annul all the treaties. What then?”

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The UK lurches further to the Right

A lost opportunity for change

Friday 8th May, we woke to the depressing news that the Conservative party led by David Cameron had been re-elected as the UK national government. Depressing unless you’re living in a house worth £2 million or more – and didn’t want to pay higher property tax that is!

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Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy

A FIFA clean-up, exposure of political corruption, and corporate sponsor
by James M. Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

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America's Gulag: Mumia Update

Mumia Abu-Jamal is perhaps the world's best known political prisoner - framed for a Philadelphia police officer killing he had nothing to do with.

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The National Security States of China and the US

T he New York Times recently published a story about China that reveals, indirectly, the revolutionary transformation of the U.S. government that occurred at the end of World War II. The article focuses on the nature of the Chinese...

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Blatter enables AFC to keep its skeletons under lock and key

by James M. Dorsey

Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spun the world soccer body's crisis as a public relations and reputation management issue and a problem caused by individuals rather than a crisis resulting from financial and political corruption embedded in FIFA's culture. In doing so, he has given a blank check to interested soccer administrators to conduct...

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America at Its Best is Strange

America at Its Best

America even at its best is a strange place, alive with contradictions, a Teflon political culture that has an unshakable faith in its innocent and virtuous national character and its overall impact on the world, impervious to the ghosts of slavery and of ethnic cleansing of native Americans that should be tormenting our sleep and darkening our dreams,...

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Joan of Arc, President Obama, And The Return To the Dark Ages

Today, May 30, 2015, is the 584th anniversary of the day on which Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by the British forces occupying France.

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Iran’s Criminal Justice System Looks Like Gitmo’s

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for "espionage for the hostile government of the United States.” He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge.

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