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Money to buy bulldozers

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by Adam Keller 

We spent the last few weeks at a picturesque Dutch town, where on the way to shopping in the local supermarket we often had to wait for the bridge over the canal to come down after the boats have passed. Even that quiet and peaceful region had once been the scene of wars and bloody conflicts.

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The Nuclear Challenge: Gorbachev’s Response

Mikhail Gorbachev

No public figure was more convincing and determined to pursue the ideal of a world without nuclear weaponry than Mikhail Gorbachev while he was the transformative General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union between the years of 1985 and 1991.

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Human Rights, Palestinians and Canadian elections

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If you are concerned about Human Rights for Palestinians who do you vote for in the Canadian federal election?
by Edward C. Corrigan

There is  a recent news reports that Hollywood producers are going to boycott Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem, both Oscar winners, for their signing an open letter condemning “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.” The Spanish letter criticized Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza and was also signed by 100 “leading figures in the film industry, including director Pedro Almodovar.”

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Saudi Arabia and Iran

Saudi Arabia and Iran

Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities
by James M. Dorsey

The political geography of oil and minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran highlights a fault line in the Sunni-Shiite divide at the core of violent transition in the Middle East. Disgruntled minorities demanding greater rights and an end to repression populate the oil-rich regions of the two countries that are the major protagonists in the Middle East's sectarian divide.

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Arab conquest of Persia

Persian King, Yazdgerd III

When Arabs were going to invade Persia in the 7th century
by Dr. Nasir Khan

Under Prophet Mohammad’s second successor, Caliph Omar (reigned: 634-644 AD), the great era of Arab expansion began. I reproduce below his letter to the King of Persia, followed by the king’s response. As compared to the civilised Persians, the Arabs were culturally low. But the Arabs were able to defeat the Persians and incorporate their vast country into their expanding empire.

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