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Avnery on puzzling realities

Saudi Arabia, Israel

Under the Lime Trees

One of the most famous lines in German poetry is "Don't greet me under the lime trees."

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The Wounded Phoenix of Palmyra

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Eyewitness accounts from the scene this morning (3/30/2016) confirm that the Syrian Army has liberated all parts of the city of Palmyra (Tadmor) including all of the ancient city, from 10 months of occupation and destruction by ISIS.

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What Do Terrorists Want?

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After the terrorist violence in Brussels many people, including Barack Obama, said we should not change our way of life and live in fear because that is what terrorists want. Maybe, but is that all they want? It seems that something important is left out of the story. In the classical model of terrorism, instilling fear (along with causing death and injury) is not an end in itself. It's a means to an end.

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Ideological Roots of Islamist Terrorism in Pakistan

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by Dr. Nasir Khan

A suicide bomber belonging to extremist group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, associated with the Pakistani Taliban, attacked a large park in Lahore where people were celebrating Easter Sunday. His powerful bomb explosion caused the deaths of at least 70 people, mostly women and children, and injured more than 350 people.

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Confirming Supreme Court Justices and Electing Presidents

Merrick B. Garland

In the midst of one of the wildest presidential races in the history of United States, the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has created yet another wrinkle in the campaign's political fabric. With the Republican leadership delaying consideration of President Obama's nomination of Merrick B. Garland until next year, a look at some earlier elections and court nominations might be instructive.

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