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Refugees shout 'no camps' during #Hungary train standoff Hundreds of refugees, mainly Syrians and Afghans, remain on a train in Bicske, refusing to go to a refugee centre.
Putin says Syria's Assad is ready to share power Russian president says his Syrian counterpart is ready to hold elections and allow "healthy" opposition to share power.
Iraq's top Shia cleric urges crackdown on corruption Ayatollah al-Sistani calls for persecution of most senior officials suspected of graft and the return of stolen funds.
King Salman and Obama to discuss US-Saudi partnership As Saudi Arabia's King Salman visits Washington, both Saudis and US seek strategic reassurance.

Finding Pearls of Wisdom in The Donald’s Trumperbolic Campaign

Donald TrumpI’ve just received an interesting query from Mingo, a long-standing European journalist friend and expert on all-things-Afghan… someone whose acquaintanceship dates back to the early days of America’s involvement in Afghanistan. Someone, I might add, who did prove to have in 2004 a clearer vision of what was to happen in that country than most, if not all, military experts, media gurus and politicians in the US. My writings at that time can attest to that.

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The Iran Agreement and Israel’s Claim

Chuck SchumerAmerican Jewish Opposition to the Iran Agreement

On 13 August 2015 the New York Times (NYT) carried a front page article entitled “Donors Descend on Schumer and Others in Debate on Iran.” The article opened a window on the activities of big money donors in the Congress of the United States.

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From Iran to Kobani: Another Middle East is possible

The Middle East is bleeding and it seems, it now becomes evident more than ever why the folks who bravely said “I am not Charlie” in the aftermath of Charli Hebdu tragedy were completely right.

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The Nuclear Challenge: Fukushima and Beyond

The terrifying nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 associated with the reactor meltdowns, hydrogen explosion, and release of radioactivity at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex was an anguishing complement to the awful collective memories of the Japanese people arising from the atomic attacks seven decades ago. We can only wonder about the lingering effects on the Japanese national...

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Iran Nuclear Accord: Beware the False-Flag Op

If, as it seems, the enemies of a settlement with Iran will fail to prevent it, then the next question is, “Might they be able later on to force its failure?” The answer, clearly, is “Yes.” Any number of political factions on both sides will be tempted, so it will be essential that Washington prepare itself.

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How the Free Market Killed New Orleans

by Michael Parenti

The free market played a crucial role in the 2005 destruction of New Orleans and the death of thousands of its residents. Forewarned that a momentous category 5 hurricane might hit that city and surrounding areas, what did officials do? They played the free market. They announced that everyone should evacuate. All were expected to devise their own...

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The Molten Three

I must admit that Moshe ”Bogie" Ya'alon did not top the list of my favorite politicians. The former army Chief of Staff and present Minister of Defense looked to me like a mere lackey of Netanyahu and a one-dimensional militarist. Many people call him a "bock", a non-complimentary German-Yiddish term for billy goat.

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The Nuclear Challenge:The Weird ‘Good Fortune’ of Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Over the years I have often thought about the political and moral consciousness associated with the atomic targeting of Japanese cities, as well as the absence of any expression of official remorse for the suffering caused and the precedent set.

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The USA Needs Disruptive President Trump

by Joel S. Hirschhorn

I keep imagining the White House with a big, really big neon sign TRUMP across the top of the roof. Count me as fully supporting the candidacy of Donald Big Mouth Trump. Why? Because for a long time we have had a delusional democracy, the product of a political system destroyed by both major political parties and the moneyed interests supporting...

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Israel, you must be so embarrassed

Israel, things are not going well for you
by Amer Zahr

It’s been 67 years. You’ve tried everything. And we’re still here. It must be so frustrating. And when I say “everything,” I really mean everything. You’ve tried denying us employment, housing, voting rights, mobility, and education. You’ve tried just flat-out killing us. You’ve even tried...

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How About Closed Borders Between the States?

Here is an idea to consider, based on the protectionist and anti-immigration positions held by leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and many of his fellow conservatives: Let’s end the system of open borders between the respective states of the Union and impose the same type of controlled system of trade and immigration that Trump favors for America’s international...

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Lunatics in America

West Point Professor Calls Anti-War Legal Scholars Fifth Column Threats Lunatics in America aren’t just in Washington. London Guardian national security editor Spencer Ackerman explained West Point Law Professor William Bradford claims “legal scholars critical...

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Brightsides to the Perpetual Campaign

Easy to tell the end of summer the year before a presidential election is nigh, because that bothersome quadrennial buzzing noise is back. And no, we’re not talking about candidates riding the Tilt- A- Whirl at the Iowa State Fair after eating pork on a stick.

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Boy, Mother, & Soldiers - Reflections Over A Picture

Look at the picture above and read below

This picture captures a live spectacle of tyranny. I don't know who took this picture. Defying customs, the owner has not scribbled his or her identity on the picture. It appears the owner published this picture as a piece of charity for the world to see oppression.

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