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US, Russia reach deal on ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo Agreement reached between Russia and US to extend ceasefire in Syria to the besieged city of Aleppo, US officials say.
Egypt journalists' union cordoned off in crackdown Many protest outside union headquarters as access to building restricted following police raid and arrests.
EU commission backs Turkish citizens' visa-free travel EU Commission says Turkey met most of 72 criteria needed and invites legislative organs of the bloc to endorse the move.
Donald Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee Path clear for controversial billionaire as main rival Ted Cruz bows out of race for US presidential nomination.

Getting Rid of Bad Examples

Daniel BerriganIt seems as though some of the heroes of the United States are losing their bright reputations. It’s just as well, for they are really bad examples for us all. Of course, you might ask, if that is the case, why were they heroes in the first place? Part of the reason might be that the negative nature of their attitudes and actions was simply not widely known, owing to both the primitive state of communication and the prevailing racist ideologies of their times.



Requiem for American Foreign Policy Change

Donald TrumpIt was expected to happen and, true to course, it did. On Tuesday, April 26, presidential primaries in five northeastern states hermetically, and silently, sealed the fate of/in how the US will be dealing with the rest of the world on all issues, geopolitical or economic, for another four, perhaps eight years.




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Remembering Daniel Berrigan

On April 30, famed Jesuit priest, poet, anti-war activist Daniel Joseph Berrigan died days short of his 95th birthday.

'Us' and 'Them'

No. It's not "us" and "them".

Not "us" – the good ones, the moral ones, the righteous ones. Or, to put it bluntly, the magnificent ones. The Jews.

And not "them" – the bad ones, the evil ones. To put it bluntly again: the despicable ones. Yes, the Arabs.

Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

Millions of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Ethiopia are once again at risk of starvation. Elderly men and women, weak and desperate, wait for food and water; malnourished children lie dying; livestock, bones protruding, perish.

Understanding Money and the Economy

A review of
The Rocket Scientist's Guide to Money and the Economy By Michael Sharp- Lightning Path Press

Most books about economics are turgid and abstruse, so most people are intimidated and mystified by this crucial topic. Now sociologist Dr. Michael Sosteric (pen name Michael Sharp) has written a helpful guide to it. He has a gift for explaining complex, abstract...

Beelzebub: An Unfairly Demonized Deity?

The story of Beelzebub, initially known as Baal, a pre-biblical god worshipped in the Middle East, furnishes illuminating insights into how gods may reign, fall, and be resurrected.

If Obama Visits Hiroshima

There are mounting hopes that Barack Obama will use the occasion of the Group of 7 meeting in Japan next month to visit Hiroshima, and become the first American president to do so.



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Hitler the Ultra Zionist!

In a bizarre effort to paper over the historical truth regarding Hitler and the Haavara Agreement, Professor Rainer Schulze of Essex University wrote an article totally lacking intellectual integrity.

Iraq: The Interventionist Hellhole

When Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Iraq a few days ago, he did it, as always, under a shroud of secrecy. The mainstream press was asked in advance to keep the trip secret and dutifully complied. Biden declined to spend the night in Iraq, staying only 10 hours before whisking away to Italy, where presumably he slept safe and sound.

Mandela's statue arrived in Palestine, but not his legacy

by Amer Zahr

Five days ago, the Palestinian people received a gift from the people of South Africa.

Women: A Benchmark of Saudi and Iranian Reform

by James M. Dorsey

With Saudi Arabia announcing plans for a major restructuring of the kingdom’s economy and Iran gearing up to become a regional hegemon, women’s sports is emerging as a benchmark of reform, and one that so far is less than promising.

Man For All Reasons

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn’t. One example is, should he become president, Mexico indeed will build a wall. To control our immigration. “Get me the hell out of here. Por favor?” Hell, Canada might have to build one as well. “Hey, let me in dere, ya hoser. S’il vous plait,...

The Drug War Is Teetering -and That’s Good!-

The drug war is teetering. Support for ending this federal fiasco continues to grow all across the political spectrum. The latest instance is the United Nations — if you can believe that, where officials from all over the world have been discussing the possibility of ending this failed, deadly, destructive, and corrupt government program.



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