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Scores dead in attack on Sunni mosque in #Iraq At least 73 people have been killed after a Shia Muslim armed group opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, medical sources have said.
#Hamas executes 18 suspected informers Hamas has killed 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, a day after Israel killed three of the group's top military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and a Hamas website said.
#Russia aid convoy moving into #Ukraine Ukrainian authorities have said that trucks from a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission and Ukraine's state security chief said this amounted to a "direct invasion" by Russia, news agencies have reported.
UN says Syrian death toll more than 191,000 More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, United Nation human rights chief Navi Pillay has said, lashing out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a-half year conflict.

The Liberal Zionist Dilemma

 

Liberal Zionist

The Liberal Ideal

Liberalism, framed as a socio-political ideal, argues that human beings are good and social progress achievable. It is a “glass half-full” outlook. Within this paradigm all individuals, not just members of a specific religion, race or nationality should have political and civil rights. Here also neither the state nor the law is an end in itself.

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One Word Would Change the World

drone“How long a time lies in one little word!”- Shakespeare, Richard II

How like King Richard stands the fate of President Obama, who now, with each thought, passes another minute toward his inevitable end in power. Like the King as the play begins, the President confronted a royal dispute that threatened his empire, a dispute between a vassal state and its powerful minions and justice as determined by his position as head of state.

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Son of Death

The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.

And then, suddenly, the war came back.

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The grand failure of Israeli hasbara

by Jamil Khader

The genocidal war that the apartheid Israeli state has waged on the Gaza Strip has generated an unprecedented wave of international public condemnation and international solidarity with the Palestinians.

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Justice Denied: The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunals

by Toby M. Cadman

On 13 August 2014 I was privileged to be invited to speak at the Bar Association of San Francisco at a conference entitled ‘Justice Defeated: Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. The conference was chaired by Almudena Bernabeu from the Center for Justice and Accountability (http://www.cja.org) and took the form...

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The Unmentionable Crisis of Public Confidence

There is a crisis pervading the Western World that no-one dares mention directly, yet looming like an inevitable and imminent tragedy in the unacknowledged but adamant refusal of the public to give its consent, or even unwillingly coalesce in another military adventure in Iraq. Despite the immense attention to all manner of artistic contrivance the media has applied to pull at...

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The US as Israel's servant

by Richard Falk and Akbar Ganji

The United States has supported Israel without reservations since its founding in 1948. According to an agreement between the two countries, that has become a law in the US; the US has committed itself to preserve Israel's strategic and military superiority in relation to other countries in the Middle East. From 1949 till today, the US...

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Israel - Demolishing Houses

by Toby Cadman

Israel has for some time been condemned for its approach to civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, and yet it still maintains that they are committed to lasting peace and reconciliation. It continues to maintain that it is acting in reasonable self defence against a militant group and describes the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) as the most moral and restrained...

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Western Leaders Support Israeli Genocide

Longstanding US-led Western support lets Israel get away with genocidal mass murder and destruction. Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the latest example of well planned, premeditated Israeli aggression on Palestine.

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Mission Creep in Iraq

There are several reasons not to intervene militarily in another country’s conflict, even modestly. One is the potential for mission creep.

We already could detect the signs of mission creep in Iraq. Now, with the stepped-up U.S. airstrikes after the Islamic State’s horrific execution of American reporter Jim Foley, the signs are clearer than ever.

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Ferguson Cops and the Fourteenth Amendment

The antagonism displayed by the militarized police force in Ferguson, Missouri, toward the protests and demonstrations by people outraged over the police killing of Michael Brown provides a good opportunity to review constitutional principles, especially the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Police Brutality in America

Justice in America is a four-letter word. Killer cops mock it. Nearly always with impunity. A badge lets them brutalize and kill. Blacks, Latinos and ethnic minorities suffer most. They're targets of choice.

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What If the Military or CIA Had Killed Mike Brown?

While the facts surrounding the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, must still be determined, one thing is clear: If it turns out that the killing was not justified, the law dictates that he is subject to being criminally indicted and also to being sued in a civil action for wrongful death by Brown’s survivors.

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Israel: Democracy or a 'Rogue State'?

Israel: The "only Democracy in the Middle East" or just an ordinary "Rogue State"?

Did George W. Bush perhaps forget one state when he delivered his infamous speech about the so-called "Axis of Evil"? The Zionist lobbyists around the world do everything in their power to whitewash and justify the heinous war crimes that have been committed by the Israeli occupying force...

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Russia defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid

Russia on Friday defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without official permission, saying there was sometimes "no chain...

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White House called on Russia to remove its convoy

The White House has called on Russia to remove its convoy from Ukraine or face consequences.

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Russian humanitarian aid convoy

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in two separate phone calls on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that she...

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Lithuanian honorary consul 'brutally killed' in east Ukraine

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Friday that the country's honorary consul in eastern Ukraine's Lugansk has been kidnapped and killed...

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173 MH17 crash victims identified: The Hague

Forensic experts have identified 46 additional victims of the downed MH17 flight, bringing to 173 the total number of passengers killed whose identity...

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