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Battle for Mosul: Turkey confirms military involvement PM Yildrim confirms Turkish military involvement in Iraq's second largest city after Peshmerga requested help.
Fighting intensifies in Syria's Aleppo Syrian rebels warn of "collateral damage" and call on civilians in war-torn city to stay away from government positions.
Afghanistan: 43 percent rise in estimated opium harvest Figures from government and UNODC show 10 percent increase in poppy cultivation and 91 percent decrease in eradication.
France: Calais 'jungle' camp refugees clash with police Tear gas fired at angry refugees, including minors, day before so-called jungle camp is due to be demolished in France.

Hope Shrinks Eternal

dividedEnough! Here we are in the midst of a national election… literally. Many Americans are already casting their vote while an over-staffed, self-serving mainstream media continue keeping us entertained in a surreal world where democracy and hypocrisy walk hand in hand, as if a perfect couple forged right in the bosom of E-Harmony.



How Original Is Donald Trump?

Donald TrumpOne frequent question I have gotten during the presidential campaign goes like this: “Donald Trump is so awful - have we ever had a presidential candidate as bad as him?”

Although often pictured as unprecedented, it turns out that for those acquainted with United States political history; there is something familiar about Mr. Trump. Thus, while uncommon in many ways, he is not original. In an article entitled “The Mind of Donald Trump” appearing in the June 2016 issue of Atlantic magazine, author Dan P. McAdams places Trump in both a historical and psychological context. He shows us we have been here before.




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Pushing the envelope: The World Cup and Arab revolts drive change

The pushing of the envelope may be the most marked in Qatar because the prospect of the World Cup in the Guf state has focussed attention on how it will deal with the expected influx of large numbers of soccer fans from less conservative and non-Muslim societies.

The Funeral Ruckus

Shimon Peres would have enjoyed it. A public battle about his funeral. The Arab members of the Knesset did not attend. So what? I did not attend, either. We never liked each other, and my attendance would have been sheer hypocrisy. I don't like hypocrisy.

US-led sanctions targeting Syria risk adjudication as War Crimes

As many of us would agree, the continuing conflict in Syria has created a devastating humanitarian crisis: the magnitude of humanitarian needs is overwhelming in all parts of the country and affects the region and beyond.

Come and See the Anarchy Inherent in the System!

Donald Trump says the presidential election is "rigged." Although he provides no evidence for his charge, lots of things can be said about it. For one thing, he equivocates over the word rigged to include voter fraud along with news-media/polling bias -- two very different things. The former suggests that the outcome is predetermined, the latter only that influential organizations...

Zionism is Racism

Hardly any knowledgeable person doubts that Zionist ideology is the purest form of racism. Zionism is Jewish disguised racism as a raison d’état. Israel comes right after the U. S., as far as racism is concerned.

How Israel seeks to erase the region’s history

It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world.



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Paranoid Apoplexy Over the Russkies

As I watch the paranoid apoplexy that U.S. officials and their acolytes in the mainstream press are displaying over the hacking of Democratic Party computers and the disclosure of their emails, I’m tempted to say that it might all be some sort of karmic justice. But since I’m a Christian rather than a Buddhist, I’m more tempted to say that it might all be a ratification...

The Gropage Report

If experts are correct in saying that Donald Trump needs women voters to win the presidency, the last two weeks have been the worst for any political candidate since the summer of 1984 when Michael Dukakis climbed into a tank and tried on a helmet.

The continued closure of Egyptian stadia

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's failed economic policies are prompting protests and widespread expressions of discontent.

 An Unfair Fight: The Dakota Access Pipeline v. The Standing Rock Sioux

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now has performed a great public service in support of journalism simply by being arrested.

The Horror of Endless Interventionism

When the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 2003, I wonder how many U.S. officials contemplated the possibility that the cycle of death and destruction that they were initiating would be continuing 13 years later.

Donald Trump, Hawk

Donald Trump is no peacenik. Leave aside Trump's proclamation that he "love[s] war" and unpredictability, and that he is more "militaristic" than...



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