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Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem Troops shoot dead 20-year-old Wissam Jamal after UN rights chief appeals for calm and end to violence.
Tear gas and water cannons fired at Lebanese protesters Lebanese security forces used water cannons and fired tear gas on anti-government protesters in the capital Beirut.
Assad forces stage vast offensive in western #Syria Syrian army targets "terrorist positions" in the central province of Hama, killing 32 fighters, state media reports.
Iraqi Kurds’ protests over economic crisis turn violent Teachers, hospital workers, and government workers take to streets to demand payment of wages by regional authorities.

On the Age-Old Tradition of Not Caring

PovertyIn the assessment of poverty in the United States there is a category known as “deep poverty.” The definition of deep poverty, as given in a recent article on this subject in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 30 September 2015, goes as follows: “deep poverty is measured as income of 50% or less of the poverty rate.” In other words, the current poverty level income for a U.S. family of four is $24,000 a year, which means that the same family receiving only $12,000 is in deep poverty. At this level, hopelessness prevails and one’s day-to-day goal is just staying alive.



A Lay Doctrine for Man’s Survival: Acceptance of Compromise

Pope FrancisHumble Francisco appears to have chosen, from the time he accepted his papal tasks, a narrow path with overgrown thorny brambles; also a major role as arbiter in the West between two ideologies which view very differently both the exercise of power and the distribution of wealth.




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After 70 Years: The UN Falls Short, and Yet..

When the UN was established in the aftermath of the Second World War hopes were high that this new world organization would be a major force in world politics, and fulfill its Preamble pledge to prevent future wars. Seventy years later the UN disappoints many, and bores even more, appearing to be nothing more that a gathering place for the politically powerful.

The Pornography of Hatred

There is danger in the pandering of hatred that goes beyond the freedom of expression. Is there a right to profit from supplying the seeds of destruction to those who have the need to blame others for the poverty of their existence?

Ending Gun Violence: Common Sense versus Magic

What passes for thinking about the prevention of gun violence is not thinking at all. Thinking (as problem-solving) is a search for means that can be reasonably expected to achieve a given end. By reasonably I mean that supporting arguments can be provided to demonstrate to the satisfaction of reasonable people the connection between the means and ends.

The finger on the grenade

by Adam Keller

Sometimes, on the battlefield, a soldier takes a hand grenade and pulls out the pin but does not yet toss it. It is possible. As long as a finger is kept on the spot, the grenade will not explode - but this is a dangerous expedient, which is very inadvisable to continue with for long. If the finger slips, or somebody jogs the soldier's hand and the grenade...

Avnery: Nasser and I

Forty-five years ago Gamal Abd-al-Nasser died at the early age of 52. It is not an event of the past. It continues to have a huge influence on the present, and probably will on the future.

Nonagon of Toxic Conflict: Notes on the Turkish Quagmire

The lethal complexity of politics in the Middle East has become overwhelming. The main political actors producing a continuous stream of swerves and turns that randomly juggle alignments and almost casually switch the identity of friends and enemies.



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On Jews and Criminality

The Jewish Chronicle revealed today that the “number of Jews in prison has increased by 82 per cent since 2002, nearly four times more than the national rate.” The most common crimes Jews were convicted of were violence against another person, sex offences and drugs.

US lies and excuses for bombing hospital

by Jonathan Cook

Here is the US changing its story for the FOURTH time of why it launched an air strike on the Doctors without Borders hospital in the Afghan town of Kunduz at the weekend, massacring at least 22 patients and hospital staff.

U.S. Tyranny Against Bobby Fischer

This past weekend, I saw Pawn Sacrifice, the new movie about Bobby Fischer, the world-renowned American chess player who defeated Russian Boris Spassky to become the first American ever to win the world championship in chess.

Lunatics in Washington Want Direct Confrontation with Russia

Russia’s sovereign independence sticks in Washington’s craw, longterm US policy determined to replace it with governance it controls - even at the risk of WW III.

Pentagon Lies: Covering Up Its Latest War Crime

US warplanes deliberately and maliciously terror bombed Kunduz, Afghanistan’s hospital, the only one in the area - striking it multiple times for over an hour, despite knowing it was not involved in ongoing fighting in the city.

Freedom for Omid Kokabee

Omid Kokabee was arrested in 2011 at Teheran airport on his way back to the United States of America after having visited his family in Iran. At the time, Kokabee was working on his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Texas Austin. He is considered a gifted student.



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