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Proxy Wars– They Don’t Exist

Proxy Warsby Marti Hiken and Luke Hiken

It is not possible to turn on a television set, read a newspaper or go on the internet without hearing about “proxy wars” taking place around the world. A proxy war is a “conflict in which superpowers provide support to either groups or states that rival one another.” Combined with this definition are two other points: 1) that proxy wars were very common during the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union and, 2) that inherent in proxy wars is that none of the superpowers want all-out war, because the specter of nuclear war is omni-present and must be averted at all costs.

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Gaza, Get an Airport or Get a Life

Fidaa Abu AssiAnd thereby hangs a tale. And therein lies my pain. What worsens the situation and doubles the pain is that all moves around, oblivious to every fact on the ground. I seem destined to suffer each time I have to cross the Rafah border into Egypt. My story is not worth mentioning as compared to other ghastly stories whose ending is shaped by the Palestinian-Egyptian mood by which the conflict is once eased and million times further complicated. Unluckily, the latter has always been my case whenever I need to travel. And this makes the odyssey of crossing the Rafah-border worth telling. “Why don’t Palestinians have an airport?” it’s the joke that kills me the most.

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The Insanity of Anti-Iran Propaganda

Dr. AhmadinejadA new ad released by the Mitt Romney campaign takes a quote from Barack Obama about the collectivism of progress and success so out of context as to be laughable.

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Don’t Let Aurora Shooting Curtail Right of Self-Defense

James HolmesThe shooting in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater has incited the usual debate over guns. One side says tighter gun restrictions could have prevented the horrible incident that night. The other responds that more guns in the hands of law-abiding people might have prevented it.

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Now’s Not the Time for Hezbollah to Cut-and-Run

HezbollahThis observer admits that politically speaking, things might appear a bit tough for Hezbollah these days but will spare the dear reader the tedium of a laundry list of what the Party has experienced over the past 20 months in terms of domestic and foreign attacks, condemnations, calumny, obliquey, sundry plots, and legislative and political wounds, some a result of the Party of God lumbering under the weight of some tawdry political ‘allies’ who it must work with in Parliament.

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