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The Myth of Withdrawal from Afghanistan

afghan-basesDespite Barack Obama’s trumpeted force draw-down in Afghanistan, by the end of next summer more than twice as many U.S. troops will be fighting in that country’s civil war as there were when he became president in 2009. His soothing words notwithstanding, a force of about 70,000 will remain there at least until the end of 2014. We can be sure, however, that that won’t stop the president from campaigning for reelection on a peace platform. As Election Day 2012 approaches, we’ll be treated to lots of footage of withdrawing soldiers.

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The Final Destination

Photo by Lina AtallahKaren was one of the activists who participated in the latest attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. She was subsequently arrested and incarcerated by the Israelis and spent three days in detention in Israeli jail. I’m sitting with her in a coffee shop in Vancouver. She seems incapable of jaywalking let alone participating in such a daring event. She is soft spoken, gentle-natured, and composed. I wonder what would possibly compel someone like Karen to travel such a long distance to deliver medicine and good-wish letters from Canada to the population of Gaza of whom she has never met. She has an answer for this. Conscience. Her response to the Canadian government’s statement calling their action provocative. Is bold: “yes, it’s true, it’s meant to be provocative. It’s meant to provoke thought and awareness.” I start by asking her about her experience in Israeli jail.

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Europe Lays an Egg

Brussels summitLike earlier summits, they met. They talked. They agreed to talk more and solved nothing. Once again Europe laid an egg.

In fact, in 2011 alone, EU leaders held 19 emergency meetings/summits, proposed dozens of rescue packages, made as many promises, yet are back at square one.

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Treating Palestinians Lawlessly

PalestinianDecember 11 marks the 63rd anniversary of UN Resolution 194, mandating that:

"the (Palestinian) refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible."

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Human Activity Driving Extremes of Weather

polluters“Human activity has driven not just global warming but also increases in some extreme weather and climate events around the world,” the American magazine, “Science,” reports in its Nov. 25th issue.

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