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Gun-Control, Mental-Health Laws Won’t Make Us Safer

Gun-ControlWe would do the young victims of the Newtown shootings no honor by frantically enacting futile restrictions on freedom.

It may be satisfying to “do something.” But two things ought to be kept in mind. First, liberty is never more in peril than when politicians sense that the people want them to do something — anything. Second, a false sense of security is worse than no security at all. Legislating in the heat of emotion will not prevent future attacks, but it will do irreparable harm to innocent people.

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Israel Projection For Christmas

ChristmasOne day before Christmas, the Israeli embassy in Ireland posted a message on its Facebook page that said that if Jesus and Mary were alive today in Bethlehem, they would probably be lynched by local Arabs.

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Human Rights Get Short Shrift in Israel

activist-protestsThe Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assesses human rights in Israel annually. It's 2012 report is "bleak."

It's true in virtually every category assessed. Netanyahu and dominant Knesset hardliners spurn human and civil rights. They do so for Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and most Jews.

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Damascus Street Notes- Christmas Day

DamascusPolitical Grinches Stealing Christmas From Palestinian and Syrian Refugees

Church of Notre Dame, Damascus.Church officials in Damascus advanced the hour of last night’s traditional Christmas Eve midnight service to 6 pm because few Damascenes’ venture out past sunset these days. The reasons include ubiquitous checkpoints, security fears and the fact that there are few taxis and no buses around. Plus most shops and cafes close early and the thuds and whining of artillery and bomb blasts from this ancient city’s suburbs tend to sound more menacing at night.

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Pentagon Secret Meeting With Nuclear Industry

PentagonU.S. corporations that reap billions from making nuclear weapons have “a direct voice” as to “their use and deployment,” a distinguished political scientist warns.

On August 6, 2003, a secret meeting was held at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., that brought together more than 150 “senior executives from the nuclear industry and military-industrial complex,” writes Michel Chossudovsky, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa and Founder of the Centre for Research on Globalization, of Montreal.

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