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Jordanian police raid facility in drug bust Reported to be the first raid of its kind in the country, Jordanian police seize several tonnes of drug substances.
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‘Seven Forbidden Words’

CensorshipThere is a scene in George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel 1984, where the protagonist, Winston Smith, is having a conversation with a philologist by the name of Syme. Syme is involved in a government effort to restructure the language spoken by the novel’s upper classes, those who have power or work for the ruling party. The language is called “Newspeak.” Syme’s job is to get rid of dangerous words.

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2018 US Foreign Policy: Expect Continuance of Cataract Vision

tillerson-Changes in US administrations, whether they occur quadrennially or extend a full eight years, only have an atmospherics’ impact on foreign relations but seldom, if ever, on foreign policy.  At least, that appears to be the case from the time Ronald W. Reagan assumed the presidency (1981) and, more obviously, since Mikhail (Herod Antipas) Gorbachev gifted to (Salome) America the Soviet Union on a silver platter a decade later, as the head of baptismal communism in the western world.

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Bibi's Son or: Three Men in a Car

No, I don't want to write about the affair of Ya'ir Netanyahu. I refuse adamantly. No force in the world will compel me to do so.

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Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism

The Anglosphere countries (the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are variously based on genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants but in the post-WW2 era these countries variously came to terms with this genocidal racist past.

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Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff

Much Sound and Fury, No Substance ‘Fire and Fury’ is an entertaining read. Wolff’s rendition of palace intrigue and various goings on has been widely parsed and many have weighed in on the likely accuracy of Wolff’s account.

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Fire and Fury. Inside the Trump White House

One wonders how the public got so thrilled by a book that combines all the D. C. gossip and tittle-tattle between two boards, which the tabloids published about Trump's chaotic White House so far.

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Protests in Iran should be taken seriously

Iranians are frustrated by the inability of the establishment to create any meaningful political and economic change.

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Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

Both Iranian and Saudi approaches to their rivalry are in flux. Protesters in Iran challenged the government’s heavy expenditure on propping up allies like Assad and funding proxies in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen.

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Politics

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How JFK Saved MLK’s Life and So Won the Presidency

This harrowing and little known drama of terror and courage, confirmed for me by Martin Luther King III, changed American politics — and America — forever.

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2018 Predictions

Time for a few choice words for the not- so- dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are… “You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it moving odd numbered year.

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The Racism and S***Hole Circus Misses the Point

Amidst all the furor over whether Donald Trump is a racist and whether he did in fact describe Haiti and African countries as “s***holes,” the real point is one that hardly anyone wants to face, including Trump’s critics who continue to support immigration controls on Haiti and Africa to ensure that not too many of their citizens come to the United States. The real point...

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Saudi sports: The dark side of Crown Prince Mohammed’s reforms

Prince Mohammed is introducing in his effort to turn Saudi Arabia into a 21st century autocracy with an economy that produces badly needed jobs in and can compete in a post-oil world.

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Monbiot is not only a hypocrite, but a bully too

Monbiot not only is he a hypocrite, but he is becoming an increasingly dangerous one.  

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Trump and No Silver Lining

I confess I was indulging in wishful thinking when I thought I detected a silver lining to Donald Trump’s election as president. That’s what comes of being an optimist and a libertarian romantic. Beware apparent silver linings; they may be fool’s gold instead.

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