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The irrational hatred of new atheists

Arab-American Muslims

by Dr. Jamil Khader

The senseless extra-judicial execution of three young Arab-American Muslims - a male of Syrian origin and two sisters of Palestinian extraction - in Chapel Hill plays out the emergence of a new white terrorist meme; the New Atheist politics. A toxic combination of Islamophobic obsession and anti-Palestinian animus.

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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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