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US to restore ties with Cuba after 50 years US president announces "new chapter" in ties with Havana five decades after diplomatic relations were severed.
#Pakistan PM calls to 'defeat terrorism' Nawaz Sharif says political leaders have reached consensus on wiping out Taliban fighters from the country.
#FIFA investigator Garcia steps down American lawyer who investigated the World Cup corruption claims said the summary misrepresented his findings.
#Palestine to push UN for statehood vote Palestinians to present draft resolution at Security Council aimed at full recognition, despite US veto warning.

Deeds, Not Claims, Say Who We Are

broken-americaDuring the past three weeks we have been living in the United States a wakeup call to reality that heralds Americans might not be quite the people we claim to be; not in the way we treat people within and beyond our borders. Torture and racial discrimination, different issues with similar amoral results, are intermittently resurfacing; creating great distress for the pharisaic promoters of Pax Americana… the self-proclaimed patriots convinced that America, given its predestined godly nature, can do no wrong.

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Free Choice vs. Media Determinism

pressMost Americans believe they have a range of choices in their daily lives and that they may choose among them freely. That is, they intuitively believe that their choices are made autonomously and without outside interference. They would probably be surprised to learn that what they take for granted in this regard, the exercise of what is called free will, is a hotly debated topic among learned men and women in fields of study as widely separated as physics, philosophy and theology.

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'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

In the course of delivering his historic speech dramatically altering US Cuba policy, President Barack Obama briefly mentioned that the United States released three Cuban agents. These men are members of the “Cuban Five,” who were imprisoned for gathering information on US-based Cuban exile groups planning terrorist actions against Cuba. Without their release, Cuba would never...

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The Loss of US and USS Liberty

Israel and the US Empire are supposedly best friends, although the history between the two nations tells a different story.

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The Dead End of Post-Oslo Diplomacy: What Next?

The Latest Diplomatic Gambit

There are reports that the Palestinian Authority will seek a vote in the Security Council on a resolution mandating Israel’s military withdrawal from Occupied Palestine no later than November 2016. Such a resolution has been condemned by the Israeli Prime Minister as bringing ‘terrorism’ to the outskirts of Tel Aviv, and this will...

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Lima COP20 failure demands Green Revolution

The Lima COP20 Climate Change Conference has just concluded in failure to agree on tough climate change action involving serious reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. The failure of the Lima COP20 Climate Change Conference resulted from the hard-line action of climate racist, climate criminal, high per capita GHG polluters like Australian, Canada and the US who, despite...

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On Torture: The American Malaise

A definition

“Torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control …” -Wikipedia

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The US Torture Empire

The recently censured short version of the US Senate's "Torture Report" on the criminal acts of the George W. Bush administration is a document that whitewashes the United States of the criminal behavior of its leadership in international affairs.

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Getting Away with Torture

Now we have it straight from the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman, and degrading. I believe the evidence of...

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Truth In Berlin

Once again, ‘scandal in Germany.’ This time the ultra Zionist AJC (American Jewish Committee) is empowered to define the boundaries of an exchange in Germany about Palestine and the hope for peace in the Middle East.

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Judicial Deference to the Torturers

In case anyone is wondering whether any of the CIA’s torture victims will be able to recover damages from CIA torturers, the answer is an unequivocal no. The federal judiciary decided a long time ago that it would not permit lawsuits brought by victims of the CIA or, for that matter, the U.S. military.

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US Spending Bill Bonanza for Wall Street

Kleptocracy defines America. Corrupt politicians and corporate crooks conspire. Against ordinary people. Covertly and overtly. Violating the letter and spirit of good governance. Looting the nation's wealth. Handing it to monied interests.

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Squatting on The Flag

If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir. And the amazing thing is people are amazed.

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Indian Cricket team in Australia

From here, there and elsewhere

Let me first come to cricket, the only sport in which India has acquired some standing, because of the amount of money which has flowed into the game. And the spectacles of IPL T20 games with cheer girls, convenient timings and other such attractions. Thus, families of a boy with some talent support and invest in him as they used to do...

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