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Marwan Barghouti's health in serious decline: NGO Marwan Barghouti refuses medical treatment after joining hunger strike with 1,100 other prisoners in Israel, NGO says.
Refugee boat sinks between Greece and Turkey, 16 drown Search operation continues after two people are rescued and 16 bodies are recovered off Greece's Lesbos island.
Suspected Maoist rebels kill 24 troops in Chhattisgarh At least 24 troops killed in one of the worst attacks on the country's security forces in recent years, police say.
Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in Syria Online audio message by Zawahiri calls on opposition to prepare for 'long war against Crusaders and their Shia allies'.

Trump’s Redemption at Putin’s Expense?

trump-declareDonald Trump may have been told by his advisers that launching fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles, at a $15 million cost, against the small Shayrat air base in Syria was “necessary” and morally significant in retaliation for the recent chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun. A way to show Bashar al-Assad America’s outrage at the dictator’s presumed deeds… even if results from such action prove to be materially insignificant.

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The U.S. Attack on al-Shayrat Airfield

Tomahawk cruise missilesIn early morning darkness on April 7th the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian al-Shayrat Airfield from two American destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean. It described the targets as Syrian fighter jets, radar, fuel facilities used for the aircraft. It asserted prior notification of Russian authorities, and offered the assurance that precautions were taken to avoid risks to Russian or Syrian military personnel.

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Trump and China risk sparking dangerous Middle East arms race

Trump’s strategy stems from the realization that the United States would render itself impotent if he were to unilaterally terminate the agreement with Iran.

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The Unity of Pakistani State and Islamism

The way the new ruling elites of Pakistan brought in Islam arbitrarily as a sectarian force in a multi-religious country has bedevilled the social fabric of Pakistan.

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Palestine's Nelson Mandela

I have a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: Reflections on Past and Present

I found “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” the 2017 film version of Diane Ackerman’s 2007 non-fiction construction of a tale of heroic resistance to Nazi brutality in Warsaw, deeply moving for several reasons.

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Cui Bono?

Cui Bono – "who benefits" – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime. Since I was a detective myself for a short time in my youth, I know the meaning. Often, the first and obvious suspicion is false. You ask yourself "cui bono", and another suspect, who you did not think about, appears.

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Irish Recollections: After the Cork Conference on ‘International Law and the State of Israel’

Having recently spent several days at a very intense academic conference held in seductive Cork gave me the opportunity to reflect upon earlier experiences in Ireland, admittedly an unabashedly self-indulgent diversion.

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Politics

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South Korea Should Give U.S. Troops the Boot

The best thing that South Koreans could ever do, both for themselves and for the American people, as well as the Japanese citizenry, is boot all U.S. troops out of their country.

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The Only Solution to the Trumps’ Conflicts of Interest

Pundits at CNN and other news outlets are much distressed over the report that Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories company won trademark recognition from the government of China just as that country’s president was sitting down with President Trump and the First Daughter for dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

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Tillerson Bashes Iran

Iran is Anglo-Zionism’s main regime change target, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing its sovereign independence.

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The Mother of all Follies

The intention of Donald Trump’s mega-bomb recently dropped in Afghanistan was allegedly intended to send a ‘clear message’ to the Taliban and the Mainstream Media were keen to enhance the drama of it by describing the bomb blast as being so violent that it was felt ‘like an earth quake across Afghanistan’.

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The Drug War: A Deadly and Corrupt Racket

The decision by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions to ramp up the decades-old war on drugs definitely throws down the gauntlet for those who have long advocated an end to this failed, deadly, destructive, corrupt, and immoral war.

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The National Security State Was One Big Mistake

The year 1989 brought an unexpected shock to the U.S. national-security establishment. The Soviet Union suddenly and unexpectedly tore down the Berlin Wall, withdrew Soviet troops from East Germany and Eastern Europe, dissolved the Warsaw Pact, dismantled the Soviet Empire, and unilaterally brought an end to the Cold War.

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