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Oxfam: 26 new sexual misconduct claims in last 11 days British charity has received more than two dozen new sexual misconduct allegations since the Haiti scandal broke out.
Maldives extends state of emergency by 30 days Ruling party lawmakers approve extension of state of emergency on island nation in a vote opposition says is illegal.
Pro-government fighters move into Syria's Afrin Convoy of 20 vehicles with dozens of fighters enters the besieged Kurdish-held region but met by Turkish artillery.
Iran officials find wreckage of deadly plane crash Iranian officials say they have located the site of a plane crash that killed all 65 people on board last week.

Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

Ahed TamimiIt is now known by virtually everyone who follows the Palestinian struggle that a 16 year old girl, now 17, named Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers on her family’s land shortly after her cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet, causing a coma. The video of her actions has gone viral, showing the world a courageous young woman engaging in nonviolent acts of resistance, and then a day later in the middle of the night being arrested in her home and then charged with a series of crimes; as is standard Israeli practice in the arrest of children, Aden was hauled off to an Israeli prison facility out of reach of her family and then denied bail.

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Vietnam’s Lessons and the U.S. Culture of Violence

Vietnam warBack in October 2016 I wrote an analysis entitled “Natural Born Killers? It described and commented on research on the origins of human violence published in the science journal Nature. The conclusion offered in the article is that humans come from an evolutionary line that has the capability for violent behavior genetically built into it. It is a reasonable hypothesis.

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Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Turan, an independent news agency, noted that 22 of Azerbaijan’s 150 madrassas or religious seminaries were controlled by Iran.

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Pity the Almond Tree

Pity the almond tree, especially when it is in full bloom. The bloom of the almond is, in German, Mandelblüt. That is also the name of Israel's chief legal official, called "the Legal Advisor of the Government".

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‘Peace Through Strength’ Is a Racket

Donald Trump has embraced the popular “peace through strength” doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache:

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Implications of Downing the Israeli Fighter Plane

Israel had gained air space superiority in the Middle East after it destroyed the Egyptian air force during the 1967 6-days Israeli aggression war against it neighbors. Since then, the Arab weakness in the air force arena had emboldened Israel to use its air force power intensively and unhindered, up till now, to inflict damages to its Arab neighbors without endangering its troops...

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Can Israel be a Jewish State and a Democratic State? Legalism versus Justice

[Prefatory Note: The book is an important contribution to an understanding of two dimensions of the Palestinian experience within the state of Israel: first, the reliance on law to ‘legalize’ discrimination, and the accompanying denial of fundamental rights that has resulted; secondly, to develop a distinct Israeli jurisprudence that seeks to legitimize ‘ethnocracy,’ yet...

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What the Hell?

What the hell am I? An Israeli? A Jew? A peace activist? A Journalist? An author? An ex-combat soldier in the Israeli army? An ex-terrorist? A…?

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The Veiling of Women

Many things may appear so absurd to the people where there is gender equality and women are aware of their freedoms they have won after long political and social struggles.

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The cherry pickers

We all know what “cherry picking” is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring everything that reinforces the contrary. Also known as selective amnesia. Or advertising.

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No Due Process for Trump’s Assassinees

President Trump is making a big deal out of the fact that former staff secretary Rob Porter is being denied “due process of law” because people believe that his two former wives are telling the truth regarding his purported physical abuse of them and disbelieving Porter’s denials of such abuse.

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The Jewish Timeline – From Moses to Bibi

The Jewish timeline is a peculiar one-sided anti-historical narrative that inevitably begins at the point when Jewish suffering is detected and ignores the prior circumstances that may have led to that suffering. In Jewish history, the members of the chosen tribe are never the aggressors nor do they bear any responsibility for their own plight. Quite the opposite, they are always...

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A somber revolutionary anniversary in Iran

The 39th anniversary of the revolution in Iran promises to be a somber occasion for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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Raining on the Parade

Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade. I’d be surprised if he didn’t. It’s just what an insecure narcissist would want.

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