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Iraqi and Syrian forces ramp up attacks on ISIL Iraqi soldiers and Shia fighters bolster efforts to retake Ramadi, while Syrian forces launch air strikes on Palmyra.
#ISIL fighters set Iraq's Beiji oil refinery ablaze Black plumes of smoke billow over Iraq's largest oil refinery as Iraqi forces advance on the sprawling complex.
Pac-man at 35: the video game that changed the world Thirty-five years ago a Japanese company released a video game quite unlike any other and it took the world by storm.
Rights groups attack #Myanmar child birth restrictions Human rights activists say the law will exclusively target Myanmar's Muslim minority and exacerbate sectarian tensions.

International Law and Crimes against Humanity

childrenProsecuting Crimes against Humanity

T he promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal achievements resulting from World War II. As Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials put it, the crimes bred by that conflict were “so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

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Another Decapitator-in-Chief of America’s Working Class

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie SandersIt is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president, William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing, the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a “great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?

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Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

When Ashraf Ghani became the president of Afghanistan last September, he pledged to improve relations with all neighbours, mainly Iran and Pakistan. While he has focused almost entirely on improving relations with Pakistan, and on bringing China on board for his top priority of talks with the Taliban, Ghani has lost sight of another powerful...

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Who Will Save Israel?

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock.

The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.

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The Fall of Palmyra

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days?

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The White Widow and other arch-villains

by Rachel Shabi

The White Widow is alive. And she's back. Like Jason Bourne's evil, female twin, this woman seems to have a formidable capacity for comeback. The last we heard of the Muslim convert super-terrorist and wife of one of Britain’s 7/7 suicide bombers, she had been Read More...

Resilience & Resistance A Palestine Cause

by Clive Hambidge & Soraya Boyd
Resilience

T here are many definitions of resilience. One such is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat.” In the face of Israeli persecution and contrary to international normative law, Palestinians have determinately developed to adapt and progress...

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Is the BDS Movement hijacked by Liberal Zionists?

Palestinian civil society thinks that calling for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS) represents a creative breakthrough to shake off the burden of Israel's occupation regime in historic Palestine. Historically, resistance to Zionist intrusion into Palestine can be traced back to the mid-1920s. So far, however, all strategies have failed both before and after the establishment...

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Memorial Day Heroes

It is Memorial Day again. Some will celebrate. Some will drink too much. Some will march in parades. Some will rally around the flag. Some will go shopping. Some will mourn. I am among the mourners.

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Memorial Day Dishonor and Disgrace

General Smedley Butler was right. War is a racket - based on Big Lies, waged for wealth, power and dominance.Wars have nothing to do with upholding democratic values, humanitarian intervention or fighting for peace, stability and security.

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Morsi’s Death Sentence Reminds Us of Our System

The death penalty just meted out to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi provides a perfect demonstration of the value to a tyrannical regime of having a federal judiciary that is subordinate to the nation’s national-security establishment. In that way, when the military wishes to kill political opponents, it can use the charade of a judicial trial as a cover for what is nothing...

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Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

by James M. Dorsey

After four years of engagement with its critics in a so far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region's tendency to intimidate those who don't fall into line may be a more effective strategy.

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Top 11 reasons being POTUS is so darn cool

As it appears we’re smack dab in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign announcement season, this might be the perfect time to ask the question on every American’s lips: what kind of twisted psychopath chooses to do this? Who are these people that are so all fired up to enter this soul- sucking fray just to sit in an Office that is Oval? Masochists? Sadists? Sadomasochists?...

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Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most repressive states - a blight on humanity, a cancer in a part of the world known for despotic regimes. Its human rights record is horrific by any standard. Fundamental rights don't exist.

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