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Obama: US will not fight ground war in #Iraq US President Barack Obama has said American forces will not fight another ground war in Iraq, a day after a top US general said combat troops might be needed if efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fail.
Madrid conference seeks end to #Libya crisis Diplomats have gathered in the Spanish capital Madrid to try and find a solution to the crisis in Libya after clashes in Benghazi left at least nine people dead and 30 wounded.
Deaths as gunmen storm college in #Nigeria At least 15 people were killed and 30 others injured when gunmen attacked a college in the northeastern Nigerian state of Kano, a police official has said.
#Yemen clashes escalate as army shells rebels Dozens of people have been killed in two days of fighting between Houthi rebels and government-allied forces at the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, sources say.

International Law vs U.S. Democratic Practice

International LawThe Importance of International Law

International law is vital to the welfare of every man, woman and child on this planet, although the vast majority of them do not know this is so. The vital aspect lies in the fact that the universally applicable nature of human rights - which prohibit such actions as the use of torture, arbitrary arrest and detention while supporting freedom of movement, conscience, cultural rights and the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, among other things - has its primary foundation in international law. Examples of this can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the various Geneva Conventions.

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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Palestinian fatherWestern culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, and omitting altogether the dreadful, the appalling, the macabre, or the terrifying. It was not always so.

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Israel's Ruthless Agenda

State terrorism is official policy. So is institutionalized racism, persecution, apartheid worse than South Africa's, and colonization. Israel's occupation is lawless. It's the longest by far in modern times. Military orders control virtually all aspects of Palestinians' lives. They have no rights whatever. They're not wanted. They're considered subhuman. Efforts are made to eliminate...

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Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?

The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it’s doing.

Americans may believe the government — especially the foreign-policy side — is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder.

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Ukraine and neo-Nazis

by William Blum

Ever since serious protest broke out in Ukraine in February the Western mainstream media, particularly in the United States, has seriously downplayed the fact that the usual suspects – the US/European Union/NATO triumvirate – have been on the same side as the neo-Nazis. In the US it’s been virtually unmentionable. I’m sure that a poll taken in...

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Obama’s War in Iraq & Syria

American President Barak Obama has made a transition from having “no strategy” a week ago to now outlining in a major speech (10 September 2014) how the US and its allies “will degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL” in an Obama Iraq and Syrian War.

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32 Years after the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

Tension mounts in Lebanon’s teeming camps….

They are beginning to arrive at Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut this weekend.

“They” being people of good will from around the world, many of whom annually visit Martyr’s Square in Shatila as well as some of Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian Refugee Camps. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and...

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Hannibal ad Portas

The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let's use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example.

Hannibal? The man with the elephants? The very same.

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Politics

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Gazans fleeing to Europe

'It’s better to die at sea than to die of despair and frustration in Gaza,’ says resident of Strip.

Haaretz reports that: “Thousands of Palestinians have left the Gaza Strip for Europe using tunnels, traffickers and boats.” The following is a devastating glimpse into the continuous ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Europe is silent about it, the Western media is...

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Perpetual Fear under Empire

Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them.

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The Supreme Court’s Abrogation of Responsibility on Declaring War

Everyone agrees that under our system of government, the Constitution requires the president to secure a declaration of war from Congress before he can legally wage war. Everyone also agrees that presidents have violated this constitutional restriction on power several times, especially since World War II.

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We'll Never Learn

America is on the verge of another "Crusade". Of course they are not telling us this directly, but the mass media has lined up its "polls" and has concluded that 90% of Americans want to defeat ISIS or ISIL or IS (whatever). The reason for this is because of the beheadings of two Americans and a Brit. Understandable, right?

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The Guardian of Big Money

The Guardian is backing a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum. “Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice,” the paper’s editorial suggested yesterday.

Not that I want to enter this debate. I am an immigrant in the UK and I do not feel entitled...

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IDF Soldiers Denounce Israel Crimes

Netanyahu is a world class thug. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He heads Israel's fascist government. He wages genocidal war on Palestine. Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It was war without mercy.

Mass slaughter and destruction were horrific. James Petras calls Israel a "genocidal state." "Citizens and soldiers, criminals and professionals,...

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ISIS - a new threat from Middle-East

These medieval marauding brutes of Islamic State of Iraq & Levant need to be stopped on their tracks. Working through a Caliphate these brutes are...

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US ground invasion in Iraq

US President Barack Obama on the possibility of another US ground invasion in Iraq to fight ISIL: I want to be clear. The American forces that have...

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Fierce gun-battles erupted

Fierce gun-battles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer...

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18 people killed in Iraq in a suicide attack

Reports say that 18 people have been killed in Iraq. The latest death toll includes seven people killed in a suicide attack on a bridge in Ramadi.

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Minsk ceasefire agreement

Separatists in eastern Ukraine should fully observe provisions of the Minsk ceasefire agreement, US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister...

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