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Ten predictions for 2013

2013by Barnaby Phillips

What news events will dominate 2013? Here are ten predictions. I have chosen some deadly serious issues of war and peace and politics, but thrown in some not-so-important sporting outcomes as well.

And please, please remember these predictions do not necessarily reflect my personal preferences. I am simply trying to guess what the next 12 months have in store - at the risk, no doubt, of looking very foolish in 12 months time.

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Rare Israeli Justice

Palestinian-Israeli politician Haneen ZoabiInstances indeed are rare. An important one deserves mention. In mid-July 2010, Knesset members stripped MK Haneen Zuabi of key parliamentary rights and privileges.

They did so for participating in the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla. She joined others trying to bring vital humanitarian aid to Gaza. Lunatic fringe MK's targeted her. They oppose doing the right thing. 

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An order on which a black flag flies

isrby Adam Keller

"In my government there will not be a minister who supports soldiers'  refusal of orders" declared Prime Minister Netanyahu at the beginning of this week, and his words got banner headlines in the papers. It has been long since the last time that soldiers' refusal got to the focus of public attention in this country. And all due to Naftali Bennett.

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ODE 2 2012

Mayan CalendarAnd so we bid a not- so- fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double- handed “L for loser” sign above our heads. “So long. See ya. Don’t let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don’t give them this address.”

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Bahraini State Terror

Al-KhalifaAl-Khalifa despots run Bahrain. State terror is official policy. Washington supports it. Generous aid is provided. King Hamad remains a close US ally. Double standard hypocrisy defines America's foreign and domestic agenda.

Bahrainis want democratic change. They want popularly elected leaders. They want despotic monarchal rule, ruthless persecution, widespread corruption, and Shia discrimination ended.

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