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Women around the world protest against President Trump Tens of thousands march in US capital Washington, DC, as solidarity protests take place in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Thousands protest far-right conference in Koblenz Far-right leaders from Germany, France, Italy and elsewhere gather in German city of Koblenz amid demonstrations.
Mario Balotelli racially abused at football match Ligue 1 to investigate after Italian striker Mario Balotelli accuses Bastia fans of making monkey noises as he played.
Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia Security forces engaged 'terrorists' in a firefight with suspects who later detonated explosives in the city of Jeddah.

2017: Palestine’s Three Dark Commemorations

settlersIncreasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.

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A Future For The Democratic Party?

Democratic PartyYou would think that learning from experience is a common thing to do. But, for the Democratic Party’s leadership this seems not to be the case. After the landslide victory of Trump’s version of the Republican Party in the 2016 national election, it is fair to say that the Democratic Party is in big trouble. As Senator Bernie Sanders has observed, the party needs to reform.

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Being There

Perhaps he is lying all the time. Perhaps he is lying about being a liar. Perhaps he is cheating about being a cheat. Perhaps he is just posing as an impostor. Perhaps he has misled us all about his misleading. Perhaps he is a very shrewd manipulator, who has led us all into believing that he is a megalomaniac simpleton.

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Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

Annotated remarks at Terrorism in Africa seminar, Singapore 18 January 2017

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Pavor Nocturnus during the Fortnight of Trump’s Inauguration

Entering 2017 in political America has been a true centennial celebration of Surrealism, American style… at least in ideology and politics, if not in art. We may not quite have the quality-legacy of surrealism provided by Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx or Pablo Picasso to Europeans a century ago, but we are poised to receive an overdose of new political reality shortly after Donald...

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A Critical Retrospective on Obama’s Rhetoric of New Beginnings

Obama’s impressive oratorical skills rocketed him onto the national stage of US politics in 2004 when he delivered a speech of stunning eloquence at the Democratic Party national convention.

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Confessions of a Megalomaniac

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them.  Saves a lot of trouble.

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Seeing the Obvious

Americans need no reminding, nor does the world; there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is nothing exceptional about this piece of knowledge, it was obvious to me and some 30 million others back in February 2003.

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Is Trump going to be hoodwinked by Netanyahu such as Obama?

If President Trump doesn't watch out, he is going to be Netanyahu's chump, says Thomas L. Friedman from the New York Times. [1] Trump's statements about the abstention of the latest UNSC-vote by the US and his appointments for the ambassadorship to David Friedman or his son-in-law Kushner in the White House are causing serious fears. He seems ideologically so close to Netanyahu...

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Trump Will Not Make America Great Again

With today’s inauguration, supporters of Donald Trump have high hopes that he is going to “make America great again,” which was his signature slogan during his presidential campaign.

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2017 Resolutions

All right everybody; time to slap on a happy face and start thinking positively about the upcoming twelve months. And none of that, “You want positive? Okay. I’m positive this year is going to suck big beige banana slugs from Mars,” stuff, because that, my friends, is stinking thinking.

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Religious fanaticism versus humanist values

What our friends and sympathisers can do in this struggle is not to become only silent spectators and leave the field open to the fanatics but to side with those who are involved in political struggles against the reactionary forces.

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Where Did the Al-Jazeera Expose Fail?

“The Lobby”, the Al-Jazeerah expose of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Lobby infiltration into British politics is a landmark in journalism. It seems that Qatari TV outsmarted Israeli intelligence in the UK and beyond.

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The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism.

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