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Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to #ISIL ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government.
The #Netherlands approves partial niqab ban Prime Minister Mark Rutte says ban on face-veils in public buildings and transport does not target religious groups.
South Sudan fighting surge sparks fears of catastrophe UN says intense South Sudan fighting in town of Melut is creating an "entirely man-made catastrophe."
#ISIL gains ground with capture of Syria's Palmyra Syrian Observatory says group now in control of almost half of country as Palmyra residents report worsening conditions.

Another Decapitator-in-Chief of America’s Working Class

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie SandersIt is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president, William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing, the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a “great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?

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Parodies of Parity: Israel & Palestine

PalestineAs long ago as 1998 Edward Said reminded the world that acting as if Palestinians were equally responsible with Israelis for the persisting struggle of the two peoples was not only misleading, but exhibited a fundamental in misunderstanding of the true reality facing the two peoples: “The major task of the American or Palestinian intellectual of the left is to reveal the disparity between the so-called two sides, which appears to be in perfect balance, but are not in fact.

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Who Will Save Israel?

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock.

The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.

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The Fall of Palmyra

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days?

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The White Widow and other arch-villains

by Rachel Shabi

The White Widow is alive. And she's back. Like Jason Bourne's evil, female twin, this woman seems to have a formidable capacity for comeback. The last we heard of the Muslim convert super-terrorist and wife of one of Britain’s 7/7 suicide bombers, she had been Read More...

Resilience & Resistance A Palestine Cause

by Clive Hambidge & Soraya Boyd
Resilience

T here are many definitions of resilience. One such is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat.” In the face of Israeli persecution and contrary to international normative law, Palestinians have determinately developed to adapt and progress...

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Is the BDS Movement hijacked by Liberal Zionists?

Palestinian civil society thinks that calling for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS) represents a creative breakthrough to shake off the burden of Israel's occupation regime in historic Palestine. Historically, resistance to Zionist intrusion into Palestine can be traced back to the mid-1920s. So far, however, all strategies have failed both before and after the establishment...

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The Palestinian Nakba; A Nucleus of Nationwide Arab Nakba

Each year on May 15th the Palestinians across the world commemorate “Al Nakba Day”. This year it is the 67th commemoration. Al Nakba means the catastrophe, and refers to the Zionist occupation of Palestine, the numerous massacres they perpetrated against Palestinians, the ethnic cleansing, the dispossession, the total destruction of hundreds of Palestinian communities, the...

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Morsi’s Death Sentence Reminds Us of Our System

The death penalty just meted out to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi provides a perfect demonstration of the value to a tyrannical regime of having a federal judiciary that is subordinate to the nation’s national-security establishment. In that way, when the military wishes to kill political opponents, it can use the charade of a judicial trial as a cover for what is nothing...

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Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

by James M. Dorsey

After four years of engagement with its critics in a so far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region's tendency to intimidate those who don't fall into line may be a more effective strategy.

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Top 11 reasons being POTUS is so darn cool

As it appears we’re smack dab in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign announcement season, this might be the perfect time to ask the question on every American’s lips: what kind of twisted psychopath chooses to do this? Who are these people that are so all fired up to enter this soul- sucking fray just to sit in an Office that is Oval? Masochists? Sadists? Sadomasochists?...

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Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most repressive states - a blight on humanity, a cancer in a part of the world known for despotic regimes. Its human rights record is horrific by any standard. Fundamental rights don't exist.

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Egypt bans Ultras in bid to break anti-government protests

by James M. Dorsey

An Egyptian court has banned militant soccer fan groups or ultras as terrorist organizations in a bid to break the backbone of anti-government protests.

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Hersh drops a bombshell!

I've been waiting 20 months for Seymour Hersh to finally break this promised story. I have no idea why it took so long for the shoe to drop.

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