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UN: More than 700 refugees feared drowned off Italy UN refugee agency says hundreds of people may have died in three separate shipwrecks in recent days.
Final assault on ISIL-held Fallujah imminent: army Rights groups sound alarm for 50,000 civilians inside city as special forces await orders to launch all-out attack.
Deadly fire rips through Ukrainian home for elderly At least 17 killed after blaze tears through makeshift shelter for the elderly in capital Kiev, emergency officials say.
Pope Francis: Refugees not dangerous, but in danger Pope Francis underscores plight of young refugees at meeting with hundreds of children at the Vatican.

Short Lifespan of American Demo-Republicanism

Bill ClintonIt doesn’t seem so long ago when an ambitious political couple holding preteen Chelsea Clinton by the hand was moving from the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the august quarters of the White House in D.C. A young Democratic president had just defeated Ronald Reagan’s heir, Papa Bush, and a prophetic populist with a Texan twang, Ross Perot, in the colorful presidential fray of 1992.

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Zionism Begins to Unravel

anonymous-israelIdeological movements, be they religious or secular, are demanding and Procrustean movements. By ideological movements I mean those that demand of their adherents resolute belief in some “deep set of truths” posited by a deity, by supposed immutable historical laws, or by some other equally unchallengeable source. Their followers, once initiated, or even just born into the fold, are expected to stay there and, as the saying goes, “keep the faith.”

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Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel is a Hasidic enclave within Monroe, NY with its own schools, emergency medical and other governmental services. A recent book by Louis Grumet with John Caher, “The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State” (Chicago Review Press, $27.99), details the machinations behind the extraordinary...

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Israeli colonialism signed in the UK, sealed in the USA

“We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do return … The old will die and the young will forget.” -Ben Gurion

C onsidering the British Mandate of Palestine “carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria” and its favourable view of a Zionist drive for the colonisation of historical Palestine, is to seek, somewhere, an honourable historical discourse...

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Hologram for a King might trigger US soul-searching

Is US self-perception as do-gooding global superhero starting to fade?

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The Center Doesn't Hold

"The best lack all convictions, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity!" Is there a better description of what is happening in Israel now? Yet these words were written, almost a hundred years ago, by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats.

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Assessing Ahmet Davutoglu’s Departure

The resignation of Davutoglu seems to be enveloping Turkey in mists of partisan speculation, which opposition forces contend has taken the nation a big step closer to the abyss of autocratic rule.

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Missing the Lessons on Vietnam

In light of President Obama’s current trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerry had a joint op-ed in the New York Times yesterday entitled “Moving On in Vietnam, but Remembering Its...

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Blair, not Corbyn was dangerous experiment

by Jonathan Cook

By God, how Tony Blair and his ilk have degraded the public discourse. He warns that a Jeremy Corbyn government would be “a very dangerous experiment”.

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Paedophilia and Tribal Loyalty

The Holocaust Memorial Trust and the BOD have yet to disassociate themselves from Lord Janner and his alleged history of multiple child sex abuse. Seems that tribal loyalty is so firmly entrenched that it far surpasses ethics or compassion.

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Obama in Hiroshima

Obama is the first US sitting president to visit Hiroshima. He went to flex US muscle in a part of the world not its own, not apologize for gratuitous mass murder.

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Angriest Birds

Arrrggh! Grrrrr! The sound of many teeth gnashing. Foot stamping. Fist pounding. Heavens shouting. The soundtrack of modern life. Folks are just plain angry. Furious. Indignant. Incensed. Irate. Enraged. Outraged. In a constant state of road rage, with or without the roads. Or ‘roids.

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Chelsea Manning Seeks Overturn of Wrongful Conviction

Manning was wrongfully imprisoned for courageously revealing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan Pentagon officials want suppressed.

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Religious zealots waging a quiet revolution in Israel

by Jonathan Cook

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Mr Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”

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