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Dozens killed in #Nigeria mosque blasts At least 36 people dead and many injured after two bombs exploded outside central mosque in city of Kano.
Four dead in #Egypt anti-government protest Thousands rally in Cairo heeding to call by Salafist Front, as two senior army officers are killed by unknown gunmen.
#Austria arrests for recruiting #Syria fighters Thirteen suspects arrested in raids on homes, prayer rooms and mosques for trying to recruit fighters.
#Israel FM supports paying Arabs to leave Avigdor Lieberman says he favours providing economic incentives for Arab-Israelis to leave the country.

Did Israel's ‘Democracy’ become just Jewish?

fractures66 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, even the most ubiquitous term employed to describe the political nature of Israel as a "Jewish democratic state" is no longer valid. The Netanyahu government and its right-wing coalition partners are preparing a law, which will exclusively define Israel as a "Jewish State" for the "Jewish people". For independent observers, who do not wear rose-colored Zionist propaganda glasses, Israel was never a democracy in the classical Western sense of the term, but always a Jewish democracy or a democracy sui generis, i. e. full democratic rights for Jews only.

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Self-Governance: Only Basis for Dignified Communal Identity

FergusonThis Monday, November 24, the spark ignited by a 12-person grand jury’s decision in a Missourian community where black people predominate (67 percent in 2010 census) will have most white Americans confounded why blacks behave as they do, shaking their heads in disbelief. Yet, many of us, our skin color and socio-economic condition aside, see this new notch of extreme discontent and protestation by African-Americans, at the white policeman not being indicted, as another loud cry for change; a desperate clinging to primal that dignity by those who feel oppressed.

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Memoir Sketch: Championing Lost Causes

By chance I was reading César Vallejo’s poem, “Black Stone on a White Stone,” in a translation by Geoffrey Brock, and was struck by the opening stanza:

I’ll die in Paris in the pouring rain
a day I have a memory of already.
I’ll die in Paris—I won’t try to run—
a Thursday perhaps, in Autumn, like today.

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Robert Kagan: The Fool on the Hill

To look inside the mind of Brookings Institution Scholar Robert Kagan is to look into the minds of the most powerful and dangerous people on the planet. Kagan has many influential followers including John McCain, Mitt Romney and generally the who's who of right wing hawks. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are also disciples of his. In fact, in 2012, Obama was waving one of Kagan's...

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Iran talks: Hardliners and the shifting deadline

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

The extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 is likely to have negative repercussions for both Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and President Hassan Rouhani, who is one of the original advocates of talks with the US.

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Israel: Racist Pariah State Writ Large

Israel finds new ways to prove its pariah state status. On Sunday, extremist cabinet ministers added more controversy to their collective rap sheet.

Voting 14 - 6 to permit drafting a new Basic Law. For Knesset consideration. Cabinet members:

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The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few.

The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annexed Jerusalem in 1967.

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Jerusalem: Don't call it a religious conflict

by Rachel Shabi

They are horrifying images of a house of prayer drenched in blood. That an ultra-orthodox synagogue in West Jerusalem was chosen for this latest, gruesome attack, in which four Jewish-Israeli men were killed by two knife-wielding Palestinians, has detonated appalling historic associations and has been widely condemned.

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Trigger-Happy Israelis

Profile of State-Sponsored Terrorism

A previous article discussed Amnesty International's (AI) report titled "Trigger-Happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank." It begins saying:

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Thanksgiving 2014

You got to love Thanksgiving. You do. It’s the law. And be honest; doesn’t a little tryptophan poisoning amongst family and friends sound pretty comforting right about now? What with Ebola infested ISIS members slithering across the border carrying photos of Bill Cosby ogling Kim Kardashian’s butt? Besides, this holiday isn’t about greasing the wheels of capitalism with...

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Israel’s National Bill

Mazal Tov: a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the “Nation-State of the Jewish People” was approved by the Israeli cabinet last Sunday.

Finally Israel has acknowledged its true Jewish nature. Instead of pretending to be a ‘Jewish Democracy” - a contradiction in terms, the Jewish State admits that it is a theocracy guided by Jewish racial supremacist...

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Rand Paul is Wrong. Leave Iraq Alone!

Still opposing the Iraq War in 2003, Senator Rand Paul now wants Congress to declare war against the Islamic State and engage in military action in Iraq. He says that “national security” is at stake.

I’ve got a better idea: Leave Iraq alone! Hasn’t the U.S. government done enough damage already in Iraq?

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Modi's 'Run for Unity' and the following controversies

After Modi’s lionisation of Sardar Patel the Indian National Congress sat up and tried to put the latter back to where he belonged – a high pedestal. In the latest issue of its official organ “Sandesh” it has paid homage to him.

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Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law

So President Obama is going to defer deportation of five million people without government papers, mostly parents of children whom the government deems citizens or legal permanent residents. Under his executive order, most will get permission to work. Obama will also increase the number of “dreamers” — children brought here illegally by their parents and raised in the United...

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