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Putin says no Russian troops in east #Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in his neighbour's future on live television.
Captain apologises for S Korea ferry disaster The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry has apologised to families of the victims and those missing a day after the country's biggest maritime disaster.
#India holds biggest day of voting Millions of Indians have cast their ballots in country's biggest day of general election to choose the next parliament, with the ruling Congress party struggling to hold ground against the Hindu nationalist opposition.
Algerians cast votes in presidential poll Algerians are casting their votes in presidential elections that are likely to lead to Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth mandate, despite wide expections of a low turnout and amid calls for a boycott with the opposition warning of rigged results.

Free Speech Or Bribery?

Campaign financeLegalizing Bribery

On Wednesday 2 April 2014 the U.S. Supreme court took another step toward the destruction of campaign finance reform with a five to four decision known as McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission. One gets the feeling that this is part of a general campaign, waged by class-biased, ideologically committed conservatives, against government regulation, which they see as somehow a violation of their constitutional rights. As if to suggest that this is so, the Court majority rationalized their decision in the name of “free speech.”

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After Turkey’s March 30th Local Elections

Turkey’s Local ElectionsNever in the history of the Turkish republic have municipal elections of the mayors of cities and towns meant so much to the political life of the country as those held on March 30. It is not a sudden turn to localism around the country or in the big cities, although the commercializing of the urban landscape in large Turkish cities, especially Istanbul, is a matter of serious concern to an influential and discontented segment of the citizenry.

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Uganda: Doing Israel's dirty work

by Belen Fernandez

While contemplating potential locations for a Jewish homeland over a century ago, Theodor Herzl - the father of modern political Zionism - proposed Uganda as a temporary refuge for persecuted Jews.

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In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace process”. They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the same time announced the enlargement...

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The danger of peace has receded

by Adam Keller

It seems that that is it. The most expected is what really happened. The very many sceptics were right again. The incorrigible optimists had cultivated some hope in vain. On yesterday's evening news an unidentified senior member of the Likud Party was quoted as saying: "The danger of peace has receded."

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Filthy Mayhem in India

Cars, Lorries and Weddings

Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate and circulate expensive arranged and prolonged weddings;...

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Global Cultural Protections

Will a Syrian victory at a posh London auction house accelerate Global Cultural Protections?

Over the past three years not many victories in Syria have been witnessed by this observer. Indeed some developments have even brought to mind Plutarch’s description of the Greek King Read More...

Understanding Marx

Review of Crisis and Change Today, by Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector

Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man's prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex; so many readers can't discern his full meaning.

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Politics

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More NATO Forces for Eastern Europe

US-led NATO threatens world peace. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes militarism and war. It threatens humanity in the process.

It's escalating East/West tensions. It supports Kiev fascist putschists. It buries truth. It spreads lies about Russia.

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The Ayatollahs' Overlooked Anti-WMD Fatwas

When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

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Ukraine, Venezuela, and Chile

In 1970, Salvador Allende, a self-avowed socialist-communist, was elected president in a three-way race in Chile. His election caused U.S. President Richard Nixon and the entire U.S. national-security state to go ballistic. Based on Allende’s record, they knew that he would never play a submissive and compliant role within the U.S. Empire.

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Patronizing Paychecks

In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get it, they have never gotten it and aren’t really comfortable around people who do get it. One suspects, secretly, they don’t want...

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US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

Iranian President Hassan Rohani appointed Hamid Aboutalebi as permanent Tehran UN ambassador. It's effective July 25, 2014.

Last week, Congress unanimously voted to deny him visa permission to enter America. Effectively he was declared persona non grata.

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Shale revolution a failure

Replacing Russian Gas Deliveries with US Shale Gas? Washington Lies to the EU

The White House and State Department have engaged in brazen lying to EU governments regarding the ability of the US to supply more than enough natural gas to replace Russian gas deliveries. Recent statements by US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are so patently false that...

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Kerry asked on Eastern Ukraine's autonomy

"We were impressed on what the interim government in Kiev are prepared to do. it is quite extensive."

Including election of local officials...

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Catherine Ashton speaking

"The OSCE special monitoring mission will play a leading role in this."

"We welcome the Ukrainian commitment to conduct a transparent constitutional...

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Kerry speaking

"We agreed today that all illegal armed groups must be disarmed. All illegally occupied buildings must be returned to their owners."

"The government...

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Travel restriction warning

Russia's national flag carrier Aeroflot issued a statement on Thursday warning passengers that Ukraine restricted entry to the country of Russian men between...

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Moscow to consider retaliation

Moscow is ready to respond to the Kyiv authorities' decision to bar Russian men from entering Ukraine.

"Russia insists on immediate official...

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