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Death toll climbs as #Israel bombards #Gaza The death toll in a three-day Israeli offensive in Gaza has climbed to at least 88, including a number of children, as officials continue to talk of a lengthy campaign and a possible ground invasion.
World reacts to the conflict in Gaza The international community remains sharply divided as an Israeli army offensive in Gaza that has killed scores enters its third day, and Palestinian fighters fire rockets at a number of cities in Israel.
Several killed in US drone strike in #Pakistan At least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources say.
#Russia wins backing for #Ukraine truce call The leaders of France and Germany have backed Russia by calling for a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine but told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to prevent separatist fighters and arms from crossing the border into Ukraine.

Justice Corrupted

Sami Al-ArianDogmatists in the Justice System

Scattered throughout the ranks of U.S. federal prosecutors and judges there have always been men and women who are unwilling to make a distinction between their own biases and the rules of evidence that are designed to keep the system focused on the goal of justice. Such closed-minded individuals, embedded in the system, can find themselves set free to act out their prejudices by special circumstances. One might think back to the “hanging judges” who appeared here and there on the American frontier in the 19th century. Being among the few enforcers of law and order in an otherwise anarchic environment, they indulged their fantasies of playing the wrathful god.

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In the Case of Israel: Western Hypocrisy at its Best

bilal-khalidThe kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and their murder was a despicable crime. Those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice. Everybody condemned this heinous crime, including all Western leaders. After the abduction, the Israeli occupying forces started a search throughout the West Bank that led not only to the killings of a lot of innocent Palestinians but also to the devastation of uncountable homes and the demolition of two houses of assumed suspects.

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Remembering Fouad Ajami: Friend and Adversary

Christopher Hitchens and Fouad Ajami are probably the two foremost once progressive intellectuals who turned right in their later years, and reaped rich career rewards for doing so. I was an acquaintance of Hitchens, who died in 2011. We participated on a couple of occasions in the same event and he publicly ridiculed me.

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$10 Trillion Annual Carbon Debt

In the face of resolute climate change inaction by their elders, it is now up to young people to take action to stop climate crime and save the world. Humanity and the Biosphere are increasingly threatened by man-made global warming but climate change inaction means that it may soon be too late to act to prevent catastrophic global warming.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Istanbul and Rome

Why Istanbul?

Few years ago I urged that symbolically and culturally Istanbul deserved to be privately christened as the global capital of the 21st century. It is only world city that qualifies by virtue of its geographic and civilizational hybridity, Western by history and experience, Eastern by culture and location, Northern by stage of development, modernism, and...

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US culpability in the failure of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

by Stephen Zunes

The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as a reminder that Israeli-Palestinian peace is still a long...

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Israel's dominant media narrative

by Rachel Shabi

Here we are again: staring at a series of terrible events in Israel and the Palestinian territories. A 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdair, was kidnapped, stabbed and then burned alive. We don't know for sure, but Israeli police report a likely "nationalistic" motive - meaning that his killers were Jewish Israelis.

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EU Sanctions Target Humanitarian Aid

Today, a civilization that used to lead the world and for centuries was the beacon of learning, tolerance and trade, and that still protects our global cultural heritage, is damaged—and only the Syrian people can rebuild it for all of us. We need to help them.

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Politics

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Let the Immigrants Stay

Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the...

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Filter On The Roof (satire)

Following the IDF difficulties in defeating Hamas’s ballistic warfare, the Israeli Government is now urgently searching for contractors with some advanced experience in large scale reinforced concrete constructions. The mission ahead is the building of a solid concrete roof over the entire Jewish State. PM Netanyahu is determined that the only way to defend Israel’s populated...

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Netanyahu's Ugly Game in Gaza

by Stephen Zunes

The murder by unknown assailants of three Israeli teens who were members of an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Back would normally have been treated by both sides as simply another senseless loss of innocent young life experienced too often by Israelis and Palestinians alike. But the right-wing Israeli government took advantage of the tragedy...

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Chomsky, BDS And The Jewish Left Paradigm

In his latest article in The Nation, Noam Chomsky selectively cherry picks the facts that fit his preferred narrative, while ignoring and disguising relevant details that contradict his thesis. One would expect an academic of Chomsky’s stature to perform at a much higher standard of intellectual integrity.

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A Perfect Racket

As the continuing debate about the NSA’s massive surveillance scheme continues, let’s not forget the justification that the NSA relies on to justify its scheme. The NSA says that its scheme is necessary to protect the United States from “terrorists.”

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Sacred Treason: Palestinian-Israeli Alliance

by Vacy Vlazna

On May 30, 2014, unelected President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed that the Palestinian Authority’s acts of treason, spanning 21 years, against the people of Palestine were ‘sacred':

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Israel Ambassador to the UN

Ron Prosor, Israel Ambassador to the UN, says one rocket has been fired from Gaza into Israel every 10 minutes. He added that a generation of children...

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UN's Ban Ki-Moon

"Gaza is on a knife-edge ... The deteriorating situation is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get out of control. The risk of violence expanding...

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Ban Ki-moon urge restraint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged restraint and an end to the new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence in a series of phone calls to their leaders...

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Death toll in a three-day Israeli offensive

The death toll in a three-day Israeli offensive in Gaza has climbed to 81, including a number of children, as officials continue to talk of a lengthy campaign...

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Netanyahu: Cease-fire with Hamas 'not on the agenda'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a cease-fire with Hamas is "not on the agenda," according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

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