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

 

Imam Musa Sadr

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 exposes those who betrayed him in Lebanon and two other countries while swearing their personal devotion and shedding crocodile tears over the past 36 years.

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The most popular name in the Jewish state

Elie Wiesel

It sounds like a joke. But it isn't.

About a month ago, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the government statistical office published a set of interesting items about the population of the state. It is intended as a gift for the citizens. The population is growing, it is getting richer and it is satisfied.

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Mars madness amidst astronomical poverty

Mars

Insanity in India

In a macho violation of common sense and the needs of hundreds of millions of people living in crushing poverty, the ruling elite of India­ (that’s the government and multinational corporations who own the country) recently launched a satellite that “after a journey of 300 days and 420 million miles…arrived to orbit around Mars,” reported The Guardian. The $74 million ‘Mars mission’ is “cheap by American (or Chinese) standards”, The Economist says, but amounts to a fraction of a much more expensive – not to say insane space program that drains US $1 billion a year from the national budget. A sum, which “is more than spare change, even for a near $2-trillion economy.”

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Democracy: Neither Freedom Nor Prosperity

Tunisians

Consider this excerpt from a New York Times article on the recent success that Tunisia has had in adopting a democratic system:

Many young Tunisians say that the new freedoms and elections have done little to improve the daily life, create jobs, or rein in a brutal police force that many here still refer to as “the ruler,” or, among ultra-conservative Islamists, “the tyrant.”

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Cuba's war on Ebola

Cuban nurse

by Belen Fernandez

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported: "In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight."

While the world stood accused of "dragging its feet" following the onset of the epidemic, the Post noted, the diminutive island had "emerged as a crucial provider of medical expertise in the West African nations hit by Ebola".

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