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Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie and Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo

There is some common ground, but not much. The killings in Paris last week were horrifying crimes that expose the vulnerability of democratic societies to lethal vigilante violence, whether facilitated from outside or as a spontaneous expression of homegrown psychopathic alienation. Beyond this morbid reality associated with the murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, police officers, and the supermarket hostages, there is nothing but darkness, and in that darkness some additional monsters lurk.

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Iran talks: Moving beyond 'worn out' policies


by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

The stakes are high in the latest round of nuclear talks starting today in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 at the deputy foreign minister level. Over the past week, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawed Zarif have held long conversations in Geneva and Paris, lasting over seven hours. Both realise that more flexibility is required to avoid the breakup of the talks.

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Charlie Hebdo: A Convoluted World

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala

Charlie Hebdo Magazine tragedy and its consequential events are the perfect example of how convoluted our world is. Seventeen people were murdered in the attack including reporters, two police officers and a visitor. On Sunday; Jan. 11, two days later about four million people; the largest demonstration in French history, rallied across France carrying “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) banners protesting the terror attack. In Paris 40 world heads of states led a march of about one million protesters.

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Glimmer of Hope


Outlines of a Possible Settlement in Middle East; Syria and Iraq

In US perception, whether in the form of government or foreign bilateral relations,” If you are not with us than you are against us.” Washington therefore loves poodles like Blair and now Cameron paying obeisance to whoever is installed in the Oval office. Thus to be on the blacklist of USA can be taken as a sign that the person or the organization is nationalistic, patriotic and doing something for its people. In Middle East the two patriotic and nationalist organisations are on the blacklist of USA.

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Waving in the first Row

Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris

The three Islamic terrorists could have been very proud of themselves, if they had lived to see it.

By committing two attacks (quite ordinary ones by Israeli standards) they spread panic throughout France, brought millions of people onto the streets, gathered more than 40 heads of states in Paris. They changed the landscape of the French capital and other French cities by mobilizing thousands of soldiers and police officers to guard Jewish and other potential targets. For several days they dominated the news throughout the world.

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