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Munich attack: Shooter's motive 'completely unclear' German police say attacker who killed nine people before turning gun on himself was an 18-year-old from Munich.
Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate Democratic presidential hopeful calls Senator Tim Kaine "a man who has devoted his life to fighting for others".
Artist Khaled Akil imagines Pokémon Go in ravaged Syria Khaled Akil's project showing fun characters amid woeful scenes is a reminder that war goes on as the world turns away.
Turkey in shake-up of security forces after failed coup Interior ministry announces take-over of key security force from army in wake of failed coup.

Uncontrolled Refugeeism Lacks Political Wisdom

Donald TrumpDonald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, Nigel Farage and myriad other populist, right-wing leaders sprouting over much of the Western World, are being tagged by the political ruling class as an ill-conceived, hate-fest phenomenon; and often portrayed as the mutant offspring of fascism.



The Hijacking of Palestinian History

Palestinian HistorySettler colonialism, usually technologically and militarily more advanced, is based on the erasure of already existent people, their culture and their memory, and substituting it with new foreign national entity that builds new culture, new history and new memory.




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Brexit Trump and Lots of Anger

The Times They Are a Changing

T here can be little doubt that we are living through an extraordinary, and in many ways unprecedented era. Times of uncertainty and tremendous upheaval for sure, but also positive times, in which large numbers of people are becoming energised and politically engaged. Political parties in many countries are fracturing, as internal differences...

Narrating Turkey at a Time of National Crisis

A night before the attempted coup of July 15th, in conversation with an elegant secular business leader and permacologist in the seaside town of Yalikavak I was surprised by the intensity of her negativity toward the government, expressed with beguiling charm.

Warning!  What follows is very politically incorrect

by William Blum

Is Nice the last straw for you? The last victims before you call it by its proper name: radical Islamic terrorism? French Prime Minister Hollande was quick to point out that it was a "terrorist attack", but not a radical Islamic attack.

Regime Change in Turkey

The attempted military coup in Turkey serves to remind Americans of two important facts: First, that Americans are legally obligated to fight and die for that country’s dictatorial regime and, second, that the position taken by the coup leaders is no different from that taken by America’s national-security establishment.

Gingrich Mistake on Sharia Deportations

Newt Gingrich, who holds a Ph.D. in European History and is thus a presumptively educated man, has delivered yet another questionable statement: “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in Sharia,...

Who is Fethullalh Gulen?

A Modern-day Progressives or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
by James M. Dorsey

Believers say he preaches a new, modern form of Islam. Critics charge he is a power hungry wolf in sheep's clothing preparing to convert secular Turkey into an Islamic republic; a conspirator who has created a state within the state and attempted this weekend to topple democratically...



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Turkey and the War on Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused...

Putin, Erdogan and the Plot Against the Rest of Us

Putin and Erdogan have agreed to meet in early August. The tension between Russia and Turkey has gradually dissipated since Putin and Erdogan’s June telephone call. This week Turkish and Russian officials stated that the two administrations have reached a new consensus.

Lockdown in Cleveland: Party Unity v. Anti-Trumpism

Cleveland is occupied GOP territory, the area around the Quicken Loans Arena convention site taken over from city residents.

Packing List For Cleveland

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun to see who’s throwing around chairs and getting slammed into the turnbuckle.

'It can happen to anyone!'

by Adam Keller

"We are deeply concerned at the news that the Israeli government published plans to further expand settlement construction on the West Bank. This seems to be another step in the process of systematic takeover of Palestinian land which undermines the foundations of the two-state solution" said the State Department spokesperson in Washington.

Hyping Terrorism, Stoking Fear Following Nice, France Incident

Muslims are convenient scapegoats of choice in America, other Western societies and Israel. Islamophobia rages, boosted by Bastille Day violence in Nice.



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