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Iraqi forces in battle to retake Beiji refinery Troops and Shia units challenge ISIL fighters holding facility, control of which has been hotly contested for months.
Blatter defies calls to quit as #FIFA president Decision to seek fifth term confirmed along with admission of "unprecedented" times for world football's governing body.
US urges end to island-building in South China Sea Defence chief slams China's efforts to claim territory in disputed region and urges end to "militarisation" of dispute.
Nusra Front leader: We will not target Syria's Alawites Abu Mohammad al-Golani says al-Qaeda's Syrian branch only fighting "those who attacked us and murdered our people".

International Law and Crimes against Humanity

childrenProsecuting Crimes against Humanity

T he promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal achievements resulting from World War II. As Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials put it, the crimes bred by that conflict were “so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

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Another Decapitator-in-Chief of America’s Working Class

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie SandersIt is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president, William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing, the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a “great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?

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Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

When Ashraf Ghani became the president of Afghanistan last September, he pledged to improve relations with all neighbours, mainly Iran and Pakistan. While he has focused almost entirely on improving relations with Pakistan, and on bringing China on board for his top priority of talks with the Taliban, Ghani has lost sight of another powerful...

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Who Will Save Israel?

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock.

The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.

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The Fall of Palmyra

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days?

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The White Widow and other arch-villains

by Rachel Shabi

The White Widow is alive. And she's back. Like Jason Bourne's evil, female twin, this woman seems to have a formidable capacity for comeback. The last we heard of the Muslim convert super-terrorist and wife of one of Britain’s 7/7 suicide bombers, she had been Read More...

Resilience & Resistance A Palestine Cause

by Clive Hambidge & Soraya Boyd
Resilience

T here are many definitions of resilience. One such is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat.” In the face of Israeli persecution and contrary to international normative law, Palestinians have determinately developed to adapt and progress...

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Is the BDS Movement hijacked by Liberal Zionists?

Palestinian civil society thinks that calling for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS) represents a creative breakthrough to shake off the burden of Israel's occupation regime in historic Palestine. Historically, resistance to Zionist intrusion into Palestine can be traced back to the mid-1920s. So far, however, all strategies have failed both before and after the establishment...

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Politics

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Bernie Sanders: Populist or Opportunist?

Compared to Hillary Clinton and array of Republican presidential aspirants looking more like a police lineup, Sanders seems almost saintly, but hold the cheers. On the one hand, no one challenging money-controlled US politics has a chance to win any top position in government - let alone the presidency. Sander's chance to become president is zero.

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This Week in Poly Ticks

And now for your weekly update in the world of poly ticks

Run for your lives, people, because it’s complete chaos out there. In the pre- summer rush to wrangle positive press; current presidential candidates, potential presidential candidates, former presidential candidates, former presidents, and current presidents are viciously competing for track space in a freakish...

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Memorial Day Heroes

It is Memorial Day again. Some will celebrate. Some will drink too much. Some will march in parades. Some will rally around the flag. Some will go shopping. Some will mourn. I am among the mourners.

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Memorial Day Dishonor and Disgrace

General Smedley Butler was right. War is a racket - based on Big Lies, waged for wealth, power and dominance.Wars have nothing to do with upholding democratic values, humanitarian intervention or fighting for peace, stability and security.

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Morsi’s Death Sentence Reminds Us of Our System

The death penalty just meted out to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi provides a perfect demonstration of the value to a tyrannical regime of having a federal judiciary that is subordinate to the nation’s national-security establishment. In that way, when the military wishes to kill political opponents, it can use the charade of a judicial trial as a cover for what is nothing...

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Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

by James M. Dorsey

After four years of engagement with its critics in a so far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region's tendency to intimidate those who don't fall into line may be a more effective strategy.

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