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Syria's Kurds 'won't retreat' despite Turkish shelling Armed group strikes defiant note after Turkey demands Kurdish withdrawal from captured territories in Syria's north.
Saudi fighter jets deployed to Turkey's Incirlik base Turkish official confirms aircraft have arrived in Turkey to target ISIL with air strikes.
Palestinian teenagers shot dead after alleged attacks Two 15-year-old boys and one 17-year-old killed by Israeli forces in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank.
Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015 UN says children and women paying a heavy price in the war-torn country amid a surge in attacks by armed groups.

Charles Krauthammer: America’s Conservative Voice

Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer is the most celebrated contemporary conservative thinker in the United States. However, let it be known that he is not just a theorist. He is man of political action who wants a conservative in the White House to line up with those already in control of Congress.

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2016 Presidential Election: Hillary’s Progressive Halloween Costume

Hillary Clinton“Everybody wants to get inta da act! Inka dinka doo, a dinka dee, a dinka doo.” Our parents, our grandparents, remembering the 40’s or 50’s are likely to smile if reminded of that entertainer, Jimmy Durante, who traversed from vaudeville to the early days of television with his antics. 

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Trump, the Iranian Elections and the End of Sanctions

Notes from Tehran

The remaining 5 or 7 Republican candidates, winnowed in from the original dozen, push to ingratiate themselves among South Carolina’s Republican voters, who like a majority of their countrymen, are angry at Washington ‘pay-to-play’ politicians. The day before that state’s February 27 primary, Iranian voters will have gone to the polls for their...

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Saudi Arabia’s Syria strategy

Rewriting the Middle East’s Political Map
by James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia has raised the ante in its battle with Iran by publicly committing to send ground troops to Syria. This latest move by the Saudis is aimed at drawing the US into a more direct involvement to confront Islamic State as well as the de facto alliance of Russia and Iran to keep Syrian President...

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Iran 37 years later: Any hope for reforms?

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

From the moment the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi said in a radio broadcast, "I heard the voice of your revolution", and official newspapers ran the headline, "The Shah Has Gone", to the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini arrived at Mehrabad airport in Tehran spanned a mere three months.

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Israel - a Zionist ‘Ghetto’ against ‘wild beasts’

Israel is walling itself in with fences (90 percent) and a Zionist Protective Wall in order to protect itself against "wild beasts" that apparently encircle Israel, as Premier Benyamin Netanyahu stated during a visit to a construction site on its Eastern border to Jordan.

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ICC must look into Egypt's role in Gaza atrocities

A state's commitment to the rule of law and principles of democracy are measured by its commitment to end impunity and to hold accountable those persons accused of atrocity crimes. The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is now being asked to do just that and investigate Egypt's role in committing atrocities in Palestine.

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Unjust and Dysfunctional: Asylum in the UK

Imagine you wake one fine morning and find you are living in a war zone, aerial bombardments are a weekly occurrence, family members have been killed, tortured or imprisoned and the children’s school destroyed. You love your country, but frightened and desperate you decide to leave in search of a new home, in a peaceful place, where you can study, work and have a chance to live...

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Haneen Zuabi- A Lady With A Smile

It iis not easy to be an Arab in Israel. It is not easy to be a woman in Arab society. It is not easy to be an Arab in Israeli politics. And even less easy to be an Arab woman in the Knesset.

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Obama Suspends TV Coverage of Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. --The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced today that the government will forbid the television news media from covering the conflict in the Middle East because ...

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Coming to Terms with Iraq

It seems that Iraq will continue to haunt the American people for the indefinite future. And it should. Including the Persian Gulf intervention, the 11 years of sanctions, the no-fly zones, the post-9/11 invasion and and occupation, and the post-occupation bombing, the U.S. government has killed, injured, and maimed several hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens.

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Why Won’t They Just Give Mrs. Clinton the Nomination?

The e mails. One more Clinton semi-scandal. Mrs. Clinton has always liked to point to a right wing conspiracy. But at the moment, the right wing is too busy shooting itself in the foot to pay much attention to her campaign.

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Well-Documented Close Turkish/ISIS Ties

Western media scoundrels suppress information on America’s responsibility for creating ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups, using them to further its imperial agenda, involving endless wars of aggression.

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Albright and Kissinger Bring Shame to Hillary Clinton

This past week’s campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination reveals that Hillary Clinton not only has good friends on Wall Street who pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches but also some good friends who have served as loyal servants of the U.S. national-security establishment.

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