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Iraqi government launches offensive on west Mosul Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces start of attempt to take ISIL's last major urban territory in Iraq.
Ecuador votes in crucial general elections Voters choose between socialism or change as they cast their ballots for president and 137 members of national assembly.
Afghan snowstorms death toll jumps At least 25 killed in country's north, more than week after over 100 died from avalanches and heavy snowfall.
Social media mocks Trump for making up Sweden attack Confusion and mockery abound as US president refers to Sweden attack that never happened to justify Muslim ban.

Dysfunction in the White House

Donald TrumpThere is something both horrifying and fascinating about the behavior of President Trump, as we watch him fail to cope with - or perhaps even recognize - the differences between the no-holds-barred world he created for his campaign and the much more polite and temperate world expected of leaders of a constitutional government.

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A Mostly-Right Message from a Totally-Wrong Messenger

Trump, the messengerWe have seen Donald J. Trump in many settings, performing many roles… some of us for as long as 4 decades that he’s been in the public eye; and all of us during these last 19 months that he has been wearing the new sartorial duds of a politician: first as unlikely candidate for the GOP nomination to the presidency in June 2015; then as sure-to-fail candidate to the presidency; later surprisingly becoming president-elect last November; and now as full-fledged president of these United States of America, informally sporting the US ostentatious, self-imposed title of “leader of the free world.”

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How did it Start?

So how the hell did it all start?

Last week I tried to describe the 1948 war, starting from the shooting at a Jewish bus on the morrow of the UN partition resolution. Some readers dispute the timing. They insist that the war started on May 15, on the morrow of the founding of the State of Israel, when the armies of the neighboring Arab states entered the country.

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Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

Princess Reema, the kingdom’s first ever women’s sports official, hopes to open gyms in every district and neighbourhood in the kingdom.

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Darrell Issa's New Nuclear Waste Policy Act

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa wants to screw the American public by forcing them (us) to take all the nuclear waste the nuclear industry has ever produced with no safe place to put it.

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That's How It Happened

After my last article, in which I mentioned that the Arabs started the 1948 war after the partition resolution of the UN, I received several furious messages. The writers, who (I suppose) were born after the events, accuse the Zionists of starting the war in order to expel the Arab population.

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Iran after Khamenei

Who would lead the Islamic Republic if the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei passes away unexpectedly?

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A Vision of America's Future with Ratification of the USVRA

Standing amidst the shambles of the most divisive, least inspiring, and nastiest presidential election in American history—wondering what the future holds in a society increasingly dominated by corporations and the wealthy elite—it is difficult for many of us, particularly our young people, to imagine a bright and happy future.

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Iran grants women spectators access to sporting event

"From now on women can watch beach volleyball matches in Kish if they observe Islamic rules," said Kasra Ghafouri, acting director of Iran's Beach Volleyball Organisation.

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The Trumpish Cabinet

In typical liberal fashion, the mean weenie left has called Donald Trump’s cabinet horrible things. “Corrupt nitwits.” “Career criminals.” “Greedy thugs.” “Clueless dunces.” “Bad dancers.”

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Militants put half-hearted Pakistani counter-terrorism at crossroads

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar earlier this week fired its first shots in a new offensive that aims at Pakistan government, military and civilian targets with a suicide attack on the Punjabi parliament.

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One state in Palestine

As I watched, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel (who I affectionately call #Trumpenyahu) gave me hope. Yup, you read that right.

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Trump and Duterte: Birds of a Feather

When it comes to the drug war, the verdict is in: The big, drain-the-swamp, anti-establishment president, Donald Trump, is turning out to be just like all the other mainstream establishment politicians. He made that clear last week in a speech before a group of law-enforcement officials, where he vowed to be “ruthless” in the war on drugs.

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Leave No Dollars Behind

I predict wild success for the Trump administration, at least in its ability to enrich itself. Throughout the campaign it was an open question how rich Trump was. He has, after all, used the bankruptcy rules to his advantage and has failed to pay workers amounts that seem like small change for so-called billionaires. But the question will be open no longer, if all goes as it has...

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