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Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal Hurricane Leslie batters Portugal uprooting trees and cutting electricity supplies to 15,000 households.
India: Akbar sues journalist Priya Ramani over #MeToo allegations The lawsuit says that Ramani "intentionally put forward fabricated" allegations to harm his reputation.
Palestine denounces illegal Israeli settlement plan in Hebron PA calls plans to build 31 homes in Hebron - the first since 2002 - a declaration of 'new war against Palestinians'.
Trump accuses climate scientists of pursuing 'political agenda' US president's comments come within days of landmark UN report warning of catastrophic risks posed by global warming.

Enemy of Our Future

trump-iranIf you look up the meaning of the term “reactionary,” you will probably get something like the following: “A reactionary is a person who holds political views that favor a return to the status quo ante, the previous political state of society, which they believe possessed characteristics that are … absent from the contemporary status quo of a society.”



Bolton’s Red Sky Worldview: ICC, International Law, and Iran

John Bolton To be sure, on September 10th John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, pushed all the thematic buttons that might be expected of a luncheon speaker invited to address the Federalist Society, long known as the ideological home of rabid advocates of the so-called ‘new sovereignty.’




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Trump’s Middle East Delusions Persist

Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s No. 2 special envoy to the Middle East behind son-in-law Jared Kushner, assures us that his boss’s plan to settle the Palestine-Israel “conflict” once and for all is still in the works and is going to be great....

Anarchism and Kavanaugh

Regarding Brett Kavanaugh, I’ve been wondering how I can blame the state for what we’ve endured these past weeks. I can safely say that without the state, we would have been spared the Kavanaugh episode.

Richard Hardigan, The Other Side of the Wall

An Eyewitness Account of the Occupation of Palestine, Cune Press, Seattle 2018, 185 pp, $ 19.95.

The Issues in Kavanaugh Are Assault and Perjury, Not Booze and Carousing

Liz Swisher gets it. And she’s not a lawyer. She is a prominent physician in Seattle. She is also a University of Washington professor and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is a graduate of Yale. She is also a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Spinoza – A Man for Our Troubled Times

In these interesting times, we all need someone to admire. I have found such a one in Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), the 17th-century rationalist liberal philosopher who advocated freedom of thought and expression, toleration, and simple kindness.

Are We Sure It Can’t Happen Here?

One runs a risk whenever one cites the 20th century’s great terror states while discussing current ominous developments in the western democracies.



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The Bobsled Run

Brett Kavanaugh’s pathway to the Supreme Court has been more circuitous than a drunken snake’s slide down a bobsled run.

Harassing the Harassee

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process has stumbled forward like a ten year old pushing a marble pedestal twice his size up a four- story stairwell. You could say that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations concerning Kavanaugh have sort of gummed up the proceedings. You could also say that blue meat best not be eaten raw.

Brett Kavanaugh: A Black Mark on the Supreme Court?

Like many others, I watched the congressional hearing yesterday involving President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a judge on the D.C. federal court of appeals.

Islamists and their versions of Islam

Islamists misuse of Islam is a dangerous phenomenon for democracy and common social and political values of the present age.

The GOP Hokey Pokey

Be very careful, because it’s getting crazy out there. You don’t want to end up collateral damage accidentally straying into the path of the newest dance craze sweeping the Republican Party. Closely related to the St. Vitus Dance, it is characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerky movements and commonly referred to as the Donald Trump Two- Step.

In Praise of Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a wonder of our time, fantastic as an athlete, enthralling as a competitor, and above all, a shining example of what it is possible to achieve if raw talent and a caring, brave, and moral sensibility is nurtured toward greatness.



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