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Turkey deploys more tanks in Syria, warns Kurdish YPG Tanks and Syrian rebels continue to make gains against ISIL, as US-backed Kurds follow Washington's demands to retreat.
Iraqi forces seize strategic town near Mosul from ISIL Victory over group in Qayyarah seen as key step towards reclaiming Mosul, ISIL's de facto capital in the country.
Somalia: Al Shabab gunmen attack beach restaurant Gunmen detonate a car bomb and storm a beach restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu.
Italy earthquake: Rescuers race to find survivors Italian rescuers worked for the second day in a row to pull survivors from the rubble as death toll hits 250 people.

Lesser Evil: America’s Winningest Political Candidate

Clinton and TrumpWhy, I am constantly being asked by my overseas peers, do you Americans have such affection for a creepy old pretender, a political candidate who’s been around forever, and all he has done is have his way with you? Does the “me-or-else” political ultimatum award Lesser Evil license to govern and rape?

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The West’s Favored Autocrats

AutocratsThe United States has been, and continues to be, selective about which foreign strongmen it does and does not support. Among the latter, there have been Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela (who was not as autocratic as publicly portrayed), Fidel Castro in Cuba, and Vladimir Putin in Russia.

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Western Propaganda Paid for in Syrian Blood

In his important book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria” Tim Anderson discusses how US naked aggression on a nonbelligerent country relies on “a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory.”

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Obituary: Ernst Nolte-The Last German

In his book Heidegger and the Jews, the French philosopher François Léotard contends that history may promise to narrate the past, but what it does instead is conceal our collective shame.

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Beyond Jewish Identity: Exceptionalism Revisited

The problem with Jewish identity is Jewish identity! By this I mean, the hegemonic forms of Jewish exceptionalism to which most Jews are enthralled, including a provocative insistence on willed disaffiliation in a few rate instances.

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Seeds of Democratic Revolution in Ethiopia

Thousands march against the ruling regime

After being frightened into silence for over two decades, the people of Ethiopia are finding their voice and calling for fundamental political change.

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Olympic Jews?

The scene at Ben-Gurion airport this week was rather astonishing.

More then a thousand young male fans came to welcome the two Israeli Judo fighters - one female, one male - who had won a bronze medal each at the Olympic games in Rio.

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Crown Heights  25 Years Later

On August 19, 1991, a car driven by Yosef Lifsh, was part of a three car motorcade escorting Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, then the leader of the Lubavitcher sect of Hasidic Judaism.

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Khalid Qasim: My hunger strike in Guantanamo

"To me, hunger striking is a way of holding my head high. It's a simple exchange: of pain for dignity."

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Trump’s Constitution

Donald Trump threatens to kill Constitutional Government but Hillary Clinton must Show ithat isn't already dead.

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Trump’s new campaign shake-up

Trump’s latest organizational reset suggests he intends campaigning “the way (he thinks) will win,” as he put it.

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Bizarre Similarities Between Trump and Clinton

Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and cold. Up and down. Good and bad. Boy and girl. Pro and con. Loud and soft. Rain or shine. Fish and fowl. Dumb and dumber.

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Trump Exposes Gitmo Hypocrisy

In his inimitable way, Donald Trump has stirred up the mainstream establishment again, this time with a remark on Gitmo. In response to a reporter’s question, Trump said that he would be “fine” with prosecuting American citizens in the Pentagon’s tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Share End Food Waste and Rid the World of Hunger

Food, like shelter and health care, is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a fundamental right of all people, irrespective of circumstances or income. And yet one in nine of the global population does not have enough to eat – despite the fact that there is enough food to feed everyone.

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