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UN Security Council to meet over N Korea rocket launch As requested by the US, South Korea and Japan, Security Council will meet behind closed doors to discuss rocket launch.
Syria refugees flee to Turkey border amid Aleppo attack Thousands of Syrians, mostly women and children, remain stuck at border after fleeing offensive in Aleppo.
UAE says it is ready to send ground troops to Syria Announcement comes after Syria issues threat, warning to send back any unwelcome foreign troops "in coffins".
Rubio and Cruz take fire at US Republican debate Republican rivals question Marco Rubio's readiness to be president in televised debate ahead of New Hampshire primary.

Charles Krauthammer: America’s Conservative Voice

Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer is the most celebrated contemporary conservative thinker in the United States. However, let it be known that he is not just a theorist. He is man of political action who wants a conservative in the White House to line up with those already in control of Congress.

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2016 Presidential Election: Hillary’s Progressive Halloween Costume

Hillary Clinton“Everybody wants to get inta da act! Inka dinka doo, a dinka dee, a dinka doo.” Our parents, our grandparents, remembering the 40’s or 50’s are likely to smile if reminded of that entertainer, Jimmy Durante, who traversed from vaudeville to the early days of television with his antics. 

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Israel’s Security Establishment Makes Public Plea for a Two State Solution

Rarely, if ever, has a newspaper ad mobilized such influential backing for a position of prominent Israelis at odds with the elected leadership of the Israeli state. A full page add appeared in the New York Times on February 4, 2016. It was sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

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Optimism of the Will

So now we have another anti-Semite. Mazal Tov ("good luck") as we say in Hebrew. His name is Ban Ki-moon, and he is the Secretary General of the UN. In practice, the highest international official, a kind of World Prime Minister.

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Book Review: Apartheid in Palestine

Ghada Ageel (ed.), Apartheid in Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, University of Alberta Press, Edmonton 2016.

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On Progressive Democrats: Sanders v. Clinton

In past years, I tried to distance myself from ‘liberals’ by describing myself as ‘progressive.’ It was admittedly a middle ground between being a liberal, which I associated with being a comforter of the established order while opting for humane policies at the margins, and being a ‘radical’ or ‘leftist,’ which struck me as terms of self-exile outside domains...

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Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

by William Blum

“Self-described socialist” … How many times have we all read that term in regard to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders? But is he really a socialist? Or is he a “social democrat”, which is what he’d be called in Europe? Or is he a “democratic socialist”, which is the American party he has been a member of (DSA – Democratic Socialists of...

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Saudi Arabia and Iran

"The Battle for Hegemony that the Kingdom Cannot Win"
by James M. Dorsey

Western government officials, former intelligence officers and pundits have long predicted the fall of the House of Saud. I am one of those. “This cannot last,” was my conclusion after my first visit to the kingdom in 1976. That prediction remains true even if I had a different timeline...

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A litmus test for Iran on the world stage: Sports and air transport

by James M. Dorsey

Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major node in an increasingly globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.

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The Washington Post’s Interventionist Mindset

If you have ever yearned for a perfect example of the interventionist mindset that undergirds the mainstream media, the Washington Post provided it last Sunday in an editorial entitled “Failure in Cuba.” The editorial could have easily...

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Justice, Not Amnesty, for 'Illegal' Immigrants

It speaks volumes that the dirtiest word in the Republican and conservative lexicon is amnesty. At a minimum, it exposes as a flagrant lie the claim that Republicans and conservatives want to expand liberty and limit government power.

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Jewdas-a glimpse into Jewish Left Duplicity

The Zionist UK Jewish Chronicle reported last weekend that Jewdas, a so-called  ‘Left’ Jewish group, recently participated in an Anti-Fa march in Dover against ‘right wing extremists’ who oppose the entry of Syrian refugees into the Kingdom.

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Let the UN take the lead on Afghanistan and Syria

The UN must play a part in resolving conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan but only if there is a shared desire for peace.

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Hawkeyes and Granitoids

And now the question that’s been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades. Who’s the genius that chose Iowa and New Hampshire to be the first and most influential states in determining who becomes the next president?

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