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The Mistakes of the Global Imperial State and the Others


It was pointed out to me that the oddities of reconciliation without truth that I encountered in the Philippines with respect to the persisting prominence of the Marcos family despite the widespread discrediting of his period of ruler ship (1965-1986) is not as strange as I made it appear. After all, Jeb Bush has recently announced his intention to seek the presidency of the United States in 2016, and George W. Bush despite his deplorable presidency, is regarded as a political asset, and is actively campaigning and raising funds on behalf of his younger brother.

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Fourth Anniversary of the Syrian Crisis


- The Need to End Impunity and Move to Accountability -

In March 2011 hundreds (and then thousands) of Syrian citizens started a series of peaceful protests across the Syrian Arab Republic, starting in Dara’a, the cradle of the revolution, calling for democratic reforms. The response of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his autocratic Government however was to meet these protests with acts of brutal violence. On 20 March 2011 Security Forces opened fire on anti-government protesters at a peaceful demonstration in Dara’a killing more than 20 civilians.

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Israel's self-destruction path


The 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. The decisive majority has voted for an apartheid state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, in which democracy will slowly disappear. The decision is not yet final. Israeli democracy has lost a battle. It has not yet lost the war.

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Change Versus Continuity in the Philippines


After more than 30 years I recently spent a week in the Philippines, giving a few arranged talks at universities, meeting with NGOs, and old friends who shared their understanding of this fascinating fast growing country of approximately 105 million people living on an archipelago that consists of more than 7,107 islands. Additionally, of course, Manila is a mega-city that exhibits traffic at its worst, colorful jeepneys by the hundreds that are a distinctive national mode of urban transportation, a kind of customized bus service in smaller vehicles colorfully adorned, and now almost as many malls as churches epitomizing the economic and social intrusion of neoliberalism in the guise of globalization.

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A guide to understanding our times

Recollection of Things Learned By Gaither Stewart

Review of Recollection of Things Learned By Gaither Stewart

Gaither Stewart is a man of passions. In The Europe Trilogy he shared with us his passion for international espionage and intrigue. In Voices from Pisalocca he shared his passion for village life in his adoptive country, Italy. In The Fifth Sun he shared his passion for Native-American mythology. Now in Recollection of Things Learned he shares his passion for socialism, both the complexity of its theory and the clash of its praxis.

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