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Army chief takes power in Burkina Faso Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting.
Iraqi army inches towards Beiji oil refinery Iraqi security forces have advanced further into towns north of Baghdad in a new offensive to retake the country's biggest oil refinery from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters.
#ISIL shells Kobane's border post with #Turkey Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have shelled the border crossing between Syria and Turkey in their latest attempt to stop an expected arrival of Kurdish troops from Iraq to help defend Kobane.
#Israel reopens Al-Aqsa amid intense security Israel reopened Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the Muslim Friday prayers, but restricted entry for Muslim men under the age of 50, following a rare closure due to clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police.

The Special Interest Problem

James MadisonThe problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the U.S. Constitution, devoted the entire tenth Federalist Paper (1787) to the problem. He defined a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority … actuated by some common … interest, adverse to … the aggregate interests of the community,” and believed that within the context of liberal republicanism, they could never be eliminated.

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Judaization of Islamic Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa MosqueThe Jewish collective consciousness had been, for thousands of years, programmed with the racist religious myth of god’s chosen people in god’s Promised Land with a temple in its center; Jerusalem, in which god’s spirit would reside. The Pharasaic’s (now termed Zionist) colonial great Jewish-only Israel project would be meaningless without “The Temple”; the Jewish religious dimension.

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Protecting the Children of Gaza

Military Power, according to Gianfranco Poggi’s Forms of Power explains with his usual clarity that he found it “difficult to define political power otherwise than with reference to organized violence; it is the command over this resource that allows one group, for example to ‘run things’ over a given territory.”

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Partnering with Nazis

The depths of moral depravity into which the U.S. national-security establishment has plunged our nation were disclosed in the New York Times this week. In an excerpt from a book that was released yesterday titled “The...

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Stephen Lendman (ed), Flashpoint in Ukraine

How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III, Clarity Press, Atlanta 2014

The Ukrainian national elections have produced the expected results. The West-oriented parties won. Surprisingly, President Poroshenko's party and the party of the radical anti-Russian Yatsenyuk, the U.S. favorite, who carried a head-to-head-race, both ended up with 22 percent of the vote....

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Establishing a New Low in International Justice

The Trial, Conviction and Death of Professor Ghulam Azam

A recent article appeared in the Bangladesh entitled “Trial of the War Crimes: ICT of Bangladesh Now a Global Model”. The article appeared in CSB News Bangladesh, an online news agency that publishes in Bengali. In the article it is claimed that the Bangladesh Tribunal has been considered a model for the whole...

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Acid attacks in Iran

A message for Rouhani?
by Massoumeh Torfeh

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has instructed the ministries of interior, justice and intelligence to step up efforts to find the culprits behind a gruesome chain of acid attacks on women in the historic...

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Will Seif al Islam Lead the Expulsion of the ISIS Affiliate, Al Fajr Libya?

  With the Abu Baker al-Siddiq Brigade

A second interview by this observer with Seif al Islam Gadhafi, formerly the heir apparent to his father Moammar, was sought and finally arranged as a follow up to an earlier one focusing of my interest in the Imam Musa Sadr case. That case involves a great crime against a great man and conciliator and his historic cause, and...

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When I stood with Obama

It seems like only yesterday when I stood with Obama on November 4, 2008

I have just finished another unpleasant exchange with yet another starry-eyed Liberal Obama supporter. I have yet to learn, that what the marketing folks from Madison Avenue have joined together, no man can separate. Like the inveterate Ron Reagan supporter who refuses to acknowledge Iran-Contra,...

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James Crow Replaces Jim But Outcome's The Same

Allowing prosecutors to jam our prisons with five times the number of inmates as 1970, largely with young brown and black males, is the signature of America's new, slick racism. It isn't Jim Crow. It's James Crow.

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Religious Freedom or Coercion?

by Dr. Nasir Khan

The entire history of mankind shows when Religion and State were united, the world saw only political and social oppression, injustice and disasters. The same thing is happening in many countries now where some people are killing others in the name of their religion and for imposing their brand of religion on others by terror and coercion to take...

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America's Deplorable Afghanistan Legacy

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg absurdly calls Afghanistan an Alliance success story. As ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) "completes" its "mission at the end of this year."

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Google: the security state’s playful arm

by Jonathan Cook

If you’re familiar with Hollywood dystopian sci-fi movies, you’ll know that at their heart they typically have an obviously evil mega-corporation that is developing technology to do obviously evil things – like creating a Robocop or a bug-like killer drone. In real life, we have Google.

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Democratic or Theocratic rule for the Muslims

by Nasir Khan

Islam is a religion, a great religion, but it not a political ideology for multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies of the present times. It contains some golden principles such as equality, fairness and justice that are applicable in politics because such universal principles are recognised as the pillars of democracy and open society....

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Fighting continue in the Syrian border town of #Kobane

Fighting continued on Friday in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as thousands of Syrians who have fled the town woke up to another day in a refugee camp...

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Fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane

An AFP correspondent across the frontier in Turkey reported fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane early Thursday, with heavy gun and mortar fire.

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Malaysian court charged three men

A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join...

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US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field

Activists say the US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

The Syrian Observatory...

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Refugees fleeing fighting

Refugees fleeing fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters awoke in a camp in Turkey on Thursday morning, as their home town of Kobane, across the border...

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