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#ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in #Iraq Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US-led air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group.
#Catalonia halts independence vote campaign Catalonia's regional government has halted a publicity campaign for November 9 independence referendum after Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the vote.
UN raises alert over neglected #Ebola orphans The number of orphans who have lost at least one parent to an Ebola virus is expected to double in West Africa, the UN children's fund has said, intensifying a childcare problem as extended family members shun offsprings of Ebola victims.
EU upholds tough sanctions on #Russia The EU has said it will uphold tough sanctions on Russia until a ceasefire agreement between pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine and Kiev is fully implemented.

4+ Logics of Living Together on Planet Earth

nuclear-chessIt is misleading to describe ‘world order’ as consisting exclusively ofsovereign territorial states. This misimpression is further encouraged by the structure of the United Nations, whose members are states, and only states. The UN was established in 1945 in the aftermath of World War II, reflecting a West-centric orientation that emerged at the time, quickly morphing into the Cold War rivalry between the two states that were geopolitically dominant and ideologically antagonistic: the United States and Soviet Union.

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America Squandered Chance to Help Create a Just World Order

bricsAll of us, Americans and non-Americans alike, should welcome BRICS’ siding with Russia to restore some semblance of power-balance in all three aspects which depict cohesion or fragmentation in the world: socially, ideologically and militarily. Not wishing for any nation to exercise undue power or influence over the rest, but precisely in order to curb any such nation from misusing that influence and power, we must cling to the hope America’s attempt for world hegemony will soon come to an end.

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Netanyahu at the United Nations

Political distortedness and Hypocrisy at its Best

On behalf of the people of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one his usual political distorted sermons to the UN General Assembly. "The people of Israel pray for peace" said Netanyahu to an almost empty auditorium. Just after the "most moral army in the world" (Ehud Barak) slaughtered 2140 Palestinians,...

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Extracting ourselves from the extractivist mindset

Review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein has written a brave book that not only confronts the calamity of climate destabilization but also examines the deep roots of the crisis in the perverse logic of capitalism and the dehumanizing values of the “extractivist” high-energy/high-technology world.

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Israel’s very own history of eugenics

by Jonathan Cook

This hour-long documentary, the Ringworm Children, raises so many disturbing questions about Israel and its relationship with the US that one hardly knows where to begin.

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'I am all for peace, but…'

Ah, If I Were 25

Research shows that one of the most often used words in Hebrew is "Shalom". Israelis greet each other with "shalom" and many of them do the same when parting. (The others use the two slang words "yallah bye", the one Arabic, the other English.)

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Street Scenes from a Damascus Neighborhood

Changes are underway in Damascus’s suburban neighborhoods. In some of these neighborhoods there are few families’ left—only fighters. But in others, residents are trickling back in (or in some cases never even left) despite the danger. Here in these areas, those who have chosen the armed opposition route fall are grouped roughly in the following percentiles: 70% FSA, 25%...

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Pakistan's Bully Politics

Pakistan's bully politics breeds political operators who use verbal insults and threats of physical violence to intimidate opponents. For a legion of cultural reasons, Pakistan encourages, protects, and even romanticizes bully politics. Educated, calm, and judicious politicians, with credible knowledge of statecraft, rarely rise to the top leadership of political parties.

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The Futility of Reform

Why can’t statists see that their system is inherently defective and that any reforms that are enacted to fix it only makes things worse?

Look at Iraq. Twelve years ago, statists were celebrating “Mission Accomplished” over the fact that the most powerful military force in history had just smashed a small, weak Third World regime.

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'I'm Just a Kid': Tariq’s Ordeal

Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq had not seen since he was four years old. “We had so much fun,” Tariq told a gathering at the national...

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DAESH Bags

Downright exciting to see President Barack Obama give that fierce and steadfast speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly, rallying the world against terrorism. See, GOP. He can be tough when the situation calls for it. Matter of fact, he’s probably the most belligerent of all the Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Ever. Finally nailed what America secretly wants- a swaggering...

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Bombs Away: Official US Policy

Throughout its sordid history, America waged war, not peace. It's done so at home and abroad. It's addicted to war. Without mercy. Permanent wars. Endless ones. Lawless ones. Ruthless ones. Against invented enemies. None existed since WW II. They're manufactured out of whole cloth. None threaten America. Washington's wars are preemptive.

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#Israel budgets and growling bellies

by Adam Keller

The saying ”Prussia is not a country that has an army, Prussia is an army that has a country” is attributed to Count Mirabeau, a leader of the French Revolution. Quite a few of the Prussians of that time and the Germans of later  agreed to this assessment.

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Will American Ground Troops be Sent to Fight ISIS?

With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy.

Obama and his spokespeople are always quick to make two points: first, that no American ground forces will be sent into combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and second, that the United States...

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Kurdish fighters in Syria

Lots of media organizations are putting together reports about Kurdish fighters in Syria cobbling together armored vehicles from tractors, cars and buses...

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Thousands more people could be forced out of Syria

UN aid chief Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by ISIL in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people,...

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Blasts in Baghdad have killed at least 25 people

Reuters reports that the blasts in Baghdad have killed at least 25 people, mostly in Shia areas of the city. We'll have more soon.

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ISIL fighters advance

Turkey on Tuesday said ISIL fighters were advancing on a tiny enclave considered Turkish territory in northern Syria, but insisted it was still in control...

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Two car bombs have exploded in al-Hurriya neighborhood

According to the state-run Iraqiya TV, two car bombs have exploded in al-Hurriya neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, killing and injuring a number of...

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