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World leaders pledge to help #Iraq fight ISIL Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) "by any means necessary", as leaders gathered to discuss a strategy against the group.
#Egypt sentences MB leader to 25 years in jail Egypt has sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 14 others to 25 years in jail for murder and inciting violence, Reuters news agency has reported.
Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death An Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday, for armed robbery and sexual assault while invalidating the death sentences given to two other defendants reducing them to 20 years in prison for unrelated crimes.
UN peacekeepers relocates in Golan Heights UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been "temporarily relocated" from four positions and one camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border, a UN source has confirmed, after recent clashes with al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

International Law vs U.S. Democratic Practice

International LawThe Importance of International Law

International law is vital to the welfare of every man, woman and child on this planet, although the vast majority of them do not know this is so. The vital aspect lies in the fact that the universally applicable nature of human rights - which prohibit such actions as the use of torture, arbitrary arrest and detention while supporting freedom of movement, conscience, cultural rights and the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, among other things - has its primary foundation in international law. Examples of this can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the various Geneva Conventions.

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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Palestinian fatherWestern culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, and omitting altogether the dreadful, the appalling, the macabre, or the terrifying. It was not always so.

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Obama’s War in Iraq & Syria

American President Barak Obama has made a transition from having “no strategy” a week ago to now outlining in a major speech (10 September 2014) how the US and its allies “will degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL” in an Obama Iraq and Syrian War.

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32 Years after the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

Tension mounts in Lebanon’s teeming camps….

They are beginning to arrive at Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut this weekend.

“They” being people of good will from around the world, many of whom annually visit Martyr’s Square in Shatila as well as some of Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian Refugee Camps. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and...

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Hannibal ad Portas

The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let's use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example.

Hannibal? The man with the elephants? The very same.

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Flawed From The Beginning

In April 2014 the UK Coalition Government announced that it would be conducting a review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK and Abroad. It is unprecedented to conduct such a review of a religion based political movement and it was criticised from the outset for its clumsy approach to what was clearly a process demanded by the UK's emerging partners in the...

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ISIS Must be Treated Like an Onion

by Adil E. Shamoo

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom—not the cause—of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom of oppressive, corrupt, and undemocratic regimes supported and manipulated by the United States, Europe, and Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, to serve their own interests.

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Obama Follows Bush’s Iraq Playbook

U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. The American propaganda campaign seems to be working if recent...

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Politics

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The Supreme Court’s Abrogation of Responsibility on Declaring War

Everyone agrees that under our system of government, the Constitution requires the president to secure a declaration of war from Congress before he can legally wage war. Everyone also agrees that presidents have violated this constitutional restriction on power several times, especially since World War II.

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We'll Never Learn

America is on the verge of another "Crusade". Of course they are not telling us this directly, but the mass media has lined up its "polls" and has concluded that 90% of Americans want to defeat ISIS or ISIL or IS (whatever). The reason for this is because of the beheadings of two Americans and a Brit. Understandable, right?

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The Guardian of Big Money

The Guardian is backing a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum. “Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice,” the paper’s editorial suggested yesterday.

Not that I want to enter this debate. I am an immigrant in the UK and I do not feel entitled...

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IDF Soldiers Denounce Israel Crimes

Netanyahu is a world class thug. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He heads Israel's fascist government. He wages genocidal war on Palestine. Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It was war without mercy.

Mass slaughter and destruction were horrific. James Petras calls Israel a "genocidal state." "Citizens and soldiers, criminals and professionals,...

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Generating Fear through Lies and Hypocrisy

A Reply to Dershowitz’ Pathological Tirade

"ISIS is an extremist Islamist organization that doesn't play by the rules, is prepared to behead Americans, smuggle Americans and Europeans into America with evil intentions on their mind…. "The only difference is ISIS is much further away from the United States than Hamas is from Israel, but they use the same tactics"....

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An Open Letter to Rabbi Ira Youdovin

We have exchanged views frequently in the last few years, most often by way of adversary comments written in reaction to posts published on this website. I write now a post in the form of an ‘open letter’ because I think your most recent comment objecting to my support for Steven Salaita in his campaign to have his tenure faculty appointment reinstated in the American Indian...

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16 civilians were killed by barrel bombs

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 16 civilians were killed as government forces dropped barrel bombs on the town of Talbisa in Homs...

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Airstrikes by the Syrian warplanes

Local activists in Aleppo said that 11 civilians, including a child and a woman were killed during airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime's warplanes...

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Syrian opposition groups clashed with regime forces

Syrian activists said that Al-Nusra front fighters and other Syrian opposition groups clashed with regime forces near the checkpoint of Marina in central...

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UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are being relocated from four positions and one camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border, a diplomatic...

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France begins reconnaissance flights over Iraq

French planes have carried out their first reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US-led campaign against the group calling itself the Islamic...

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