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Powerful blasts kill at least 80 in Kabul protest ISIL claims responsibility for blasts targeting a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority in Kabul.
Munich attack: Suspect 'obsessed' with mass shootings Teen gunman was "deranged" and "obsessed" with mass shootings, according to Munich police chief.
Iraq: Army to dig 'security trench' around Fallujah The Iraqi army is turning to medieval tactics to secure the recently captured city of Fallujah from ISIL infiltration.
Turkey: Erdogan moves to shutter 2,340 institutions In his first decree under new state of emergency laws, Erdogan moves to close schools and extend legal detention time.

Uncontrolled Refugeeism Lacks Political Wisdom

Donald TrumpDonald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, Nigel Farage and myriad other populist, right-wing leaders sprouting over much of the Western World, are being tagged by the political ruling class as an ill-conceived, hate-fest phenomenon; and often portrayed as the mutant offspring of fascism.

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The Hijacking of Palestinian History

Palestinian HistorySettler colonialism, usually technologically and militarily more advanced, is based on the erasure of already existent people, their culture and their memory, and substituting it with new foreign national entity that builds new culture, new history and new memory.

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What is Modern Israel?

Zionism is primarily a Christian Protestant enterprise that has little to do with Judaism. This explains why US Christians are the most ardent Zionists and the most powerful supporters of Israel. The largest opposition to Zionism came initially from the rabbinical elite, which viewed it as heretical and an aberration of the Jewish faith.

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The Great Rift

The State of Israel was still young, when two famous comedians produced a short act:

Two Arabs stand on the seashore and curse a boat carrying new Jewish immigrants.

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For the British left, social justice is electability

Across Europe, established centre-left parties are actively administering policies that made things worse.

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Brexit Trump and Lots of Anger

The Times They Are a Changing

T here can be little doubt that we are living through an extraordinary, and in many ways unprecedented era. Times of uncertainty and tremendous upheaval for sure, but also positive times, in which large numbers of people are becoming energised and politically engaged. Political parties in many countries are fracturing, as internal differences...

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Narrating Turkey at a Time of National Crisis

A night before the attempted coup of July 15th, in conversation with an elegant secular business leader and permacologist in the seaside town of Yalikavak I was surprised by the intensity of her negativity toward the government, expressed with beguiling charm.

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Warning!  What follows is very politically incorrect

by William Blum

Is Nice the last straw for you? The last victims before you call it by its proper name: radical Islamic terrorism? French Prime Minister Hollande was quick to point out that it was a "terrorist attack", but not a radical Islamic attack.

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Turkey and the War on Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused...

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Putin, Erdogan and the Plot Against the Rest of Us

Putin and Erdogan have agreed to meet in early August. The tension between Russia and Turkey has gradually dissipated since Putin and Erdogan’s June telephone call. This week Turkish and Russian officials stated that the two administrations have reached a new consensus.

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Lockdown in Cleveland: Party Unity v. Anti-Trumpism

Cleveland is occupied GOP territory, the area around the Quicken Loans Arena convention site taken over from city residents.

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Packing List For Cleveland

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun to see who’s throwing around chairs and getting slammed into the turnbuckle.

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'It can happen to anyone!'

by Adam Keller

"We are deeply concerned at the news that the Israeli government published plans to further expand settlement construction on the West Bank. This seems to be another step in the process of systematic takeover of Palestinian land which undermines the foundations of the two-state solution" said the State Department spokesperson in Washington.

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Hyping Terrorism, Stoking Fear Following Nice, France Incident

Muslims are convenient scapegoats of choice in America, other Western societies and Israel. Islamophobia rages, boosted by Bastille Day violence in Nice.

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