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International Law vs U.S. Democratic Practice

International LawThe Importance of International Law

International law is vital to the welfare of every man, woman and child on this planet, although the vast majority of them do not know this is so. The vital aspect lies in the fact that the universally applicable nature of human rights - which prohibit such actions as the use of torture, arbitrary arrest and detention while supporting freedom of movement, conscience, cultural rights and the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, among other things - has its primary foundation in international law. Examples of this can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the various Geneva Conventions.

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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Palestinian fatherWestern culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, and omitting altogether the dreadful, the appalling, the macabre, or the terrifying. It was not always so.

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Troika Guarding American Foreign Policy

obama-dronesSo the financial markets are getting a breather this weekend, hoping that the powder keg lit by this century’s version of the Keystone Kops (NATO) in Ukraine a few months ago can be diffused. Well, perhaps with a little luck and some true diplomacy, the US-EU can convince this Napoleon (Putin) not to cross the Elbe (Dnieper).

However, America’s unarmed, untrained top cop appears to be making a much bigger mess of things. Or, at least, his handlers are!

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'But is it Good for the Jews?'

zionismThe Perennial Question

If you are over fifty and were raised in a Jewish household, you either heard this question, “but is it good for the Jews?” explicitly asked numerous times or were subtly encouraged to think the question to yourself. It reflects a group-centered concern born of the memory of anti-Semitic hostility and a seemingly unending vulnerability, and it can apply to almost any public action: federal or local legislation, cultural trends, foreign policy decisions, etc.

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UK, US, Australia & Iraqi Genocide 1914-2014

tikrit2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the British invasion of Iraq in November 1914 and the commencement of a century of Anglo devastation and ethnic cleansing in Iraq with the exception of the period 1948-1990. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) assisted the British invasion of Iraq in 1915.

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