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The Sea and the River

Palestine“Palestine, from the Jordan to the Sea, belongs to us!” declared Khaled Meshal last week at the huge victory rally in Gaza.

“Eretz Israel, from the sea to the Jordan, belongs to us!” declare right-wing Israelis on every occasion.

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Grappling with Phantoms

US SenateThe Financial Cliff, The War On Christmas, And Other Dim Tidings Of Political Disconnect
by Phil Rockstroh

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ―James Baldwin

As we draw near to the Winter Solstice and the days shorten, one's thoughts are drawn inward.

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Don't Forget Maher Arar's Rendition to Syria

Maher ArarPresident Obama has just announced that the U.S. government has decided to formally recognize the rebel group that is trying to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power.

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Uncertainty about Chavez's Health

Hugo ChavezOn December 8, Chavez announced he'll return to Cuba. More surgery is needed. It'll be his fourth for cancer. Tests after his October reelection found no reoccurrence.

In late November, he returned to Havana for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It enhances natural healing. It involves breathing 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. It's used to prevent bone decay from radiation therapy.

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Russia's 'symmetrical' beef with the US

lavrovby Robin Forestier-Walker

To me it seems like a strange response. But it reveals an inner logic of the official Russian reaction to the Magnitsky Act (aka the Russia and Moldova Jackson Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountaibilty Act of 2012). 

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