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#ISIL 'launches fierce new assault' on #Kobane Kurdish fighters in the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane weathered a fresh onslaught by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq.
Hong Kong talks fail to break impasse Hong Kong student representatives and government officials have held much-awaited talks to end street protests now in their fourth week, but achieved little progress to defuse the crisis in China's semi-autonomous city.
Multiple car bombings rock #Baghdad A series of bombs targeting restaurants across the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 21 people, police and medics said.
Sudan's Bashir to seek re-election in 2015 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - in power since a 1989 coup - will stand for re-election in April 2015 after being retained as the leader of the ruling party, an adviser has said.

Judaization of Islamic Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa MosqueThe Jewish collective consciousness had been, for thousands of years, programmed with the racist religious myth of god’s chosen people in god’s Promised Land with a temple in its center; Jerusalem, in which god’s spirit would reside. The Pharasaic’s (now termed Zionist) colonial great Jewish-only Israel project would be meaningless without “The Temple”; the Jewish religious dimension.

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On The Purpose of U.S. Education

U.S. EducationComplaints, Complaints

Every so often books and articles appear bemoaning the state of U.S. education. The complaints address all levels, from the elementary grades to high school to college and university. You can get a sense of this by going to Google and doing a search under the heading “American Education.” Most of what comes up is negative. In 2001 President Bush, who is not exactly a poster boy for U.S. schooling, told us that, at the lower levels, a whole lot of American children were being “left behind.” And, at the upper levels, who can forget the angst of Alan Bloom who, in 1987, told us higher education was destroying students’ minds and ruining the country by endorsing relativism and multiculturalism.

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Analysis

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Cuba's war on Ebola

by Belen Fernandez

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported: "In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight."

While the world stood accused of "dragging its feet"...

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James Petras- The Politics of Empire

The US, Israel and the Middle East, Clarity Press, Atlanta 2014

The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people in the Gaza strip. The last time, they “visited” the walled-in strip at the turn of the year 2008/09, they slaughtered 1 400 Palestinians. In 2014, they killed over 2 100 Palestinians, 80 per cent civilians, injured over 10 000,...

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Diplomatic terrorism and wings over the Iron Wall

by Adam Keller

Will the Palestinians ever get free of Israeli occupation? Will there ever be peace between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine? If any of these things ever happen, Bahaa Samir Badir will not be there to see it.

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Decent Respect

If the British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this:

"In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament adopted with a huge majority (274 for, a mere 12 against) a pro-Israeli motion…Over half the seats were occupied, more than usual…the opponents of...

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The Islamist State

by William Blum

You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

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Palestine moves towards post-Oslo phase

On October 13, the UK House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 274-12 urged the British government to extend diplomatic recognition to Palestine.

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Politics

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What Is Wrong With Gareth Porter?

A few days ago, I came across a disturbing article on Buzzfeed. The headline read; “U.S. Journalist Regrets Attending Conspiracy Conference In Tehran.” According to Buzzfeed, Gareth Porter, a respected journalist and critic of the Jewish lobby and Israel, reported...

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The Cuban Embargo

In its October 11 Sunday edition, the New York Times published an editorial calling for the lifting of the 45-year-old Cold War-era economic embargo against Cuba. The Times pointed out,

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One Man. One Vote

Whiners. Bounders. Ingrates. Talking about the incessant griping and sniping currently buzzing over long overdue Republican reforms requiring citizens to produce a government issued ID before casting a vote. From the outcry you’d think the GOP was organizing competitive kitten clubbings. Again.

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Sparking Anger in Syria

Chest high metal crowd control barriers manned by armed guards—since late September they have stood outside the Arrivals Hall on the Lebanon side of the Masnaa border crossing with Syria. For Syrian and Palestinian refugees fleeing the continuing violence next door and trying to get into Lebanon the message is clear:

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The Politicians Are Scaring You Again

They are doing it again. “They” are the war-party politicians, Democrats and Republicans. “It” is scaring you into supporting another war in the Middle East.

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Time to Make Firms Pay For Avoiding Taxes

Blue-ribbon corporations are deserting our country "to avoid paying taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for," Fortune magazine reports. That's right, Fortune wrote it; not Pravda.

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Airstrike targeted opposition near the Jordanian border

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported government airstrikes, which targeted opposition held Nasib town near the Jordanian border, and killed...

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Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State fighters in a key border town, although...

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Teenager from Australia

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not...

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Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane

Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group fighters on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements...

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Drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" to gather intelligence on ISIL...

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