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AIPAC gnashing their teeth

Benjamin Netanyahu

by Adam Keller

"I'm going to address Congress in Washington, not only as the Prime Minister of Israel but also on behalf of the entire Jewish People," declared Netanyahu, at one of the highlights of the intensifying public debate in Israel and the United States. J-Street, the left-wing American Jewish lobby, was quick to respond with a petition stating: "No, Mr. Netanyahu. You do not speak for me.

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The Casino Republic

Benjamin Netanyahu, Sheldon Adelson

Who is the ruler of Israel? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of course. Wrong.

The real ruler of Israel is one Sheldon Adelson, 81, American Jew, Casino king, who was rated as the world’s tenth richest person, worth 37.2 billion dollars at the latest count. But who is counting?

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Iran's best chance for a 'good deal'

Azadi Tower, Tehran

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

As the 36th anniversary of the Iranian revolution got under way this week, both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani made significant speeches breaking away from some of the well-established norms of political rhetoric in the Islamic Republic.

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A Presumption Against Intervention

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Participating in the intervention debates that have raged periodically ever since the Vietnam War in the 1960’s, and of course earlier in less contested settings, I have been struck by the defining encounter between those who are dogmatically opposed to intervention per se and those who rarely confront a call for intervention that they do not feel persuaded by, limiting any doubts as to matters of feasibility and strategic interest.

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Gagging the media in Ethiopia

Ethiopia media

Suffocating dissent

Nobody trusts politicians, but some governments are more despicable than others. The brutal gang ruling Ethiopia is especially nasty. They claim to govern in a democratic pluralistic manner, they say they observe human rights and the rule of law, that the judiciary is independent, the media open and free and public assembly permitted as laid out in the constitution. But the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) systematically violates fundamental human rights, silence all dissenting voices and rules the country in a suppressive violent fashion, that is causing untold suffering to millions of people throughout the country.

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