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Converging Fears

broken-americaConverging avenues of fear are eroding the political and social status quo in the democratic West. Healthy democracies strive to maintain an equatable balance of forces within their political, economic and social spheres. Balance is a salve that induces comfort and confidence. Fear and uncertainty, on the other hand, are irritants that can quickly throw things out of balance. It seems that, at present, fear has the upper hand.

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Future Prospects for Aqsa-Intifada

aqsa-compoundThe Israeli barbaric terrorism against Palestinians had violently broken all the red lines. The imperialist Israeli government had occupied the land, destroyed villages, ethnically cleansed Palestinians, besieged, starved and bombed Gaza Strip, controlled all Palestinian civilian, political and economic life aspects, kept on expanding and building new illegal colonies/settlements, suppressed all Palestinian peaceful demonstration within Palestinian towns with extreme military violence, loosened all punitive laws against extremist colonizers/settlers, who daily terrorize Palestinian civilians, and finally encouraged extremist religious Talmudists to routinely violate Palestinian religious sites.

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Trump’s Identifiable ‘Supernova’ Constituency

bush-trumpIt won’t be long before Donald Trump is forced into a lifetime decision; one far more reaching than anything he has faced before.  He will either have to accept the logic of exiting politics in a graceful, or even narcissistic, Trump manner… or seriously bet all his chips – money and brand – in the founding of an American populist movement, perhaps a stars-and-stripes’ version of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National [in France]. 

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Terrorism and Some Hard Truths

slamophobiaI was waiting for a doctor’s appointment with only the magazine rack for company. I usually don’t pay much attention to news magazines, seeing as how the range of politically acceptable points of view are pretty narrow in such sources. However, with time on my hands, I picked up Time magazine (November 30 - December 7 issue), the cover of which announced, “World War on ISIS.”

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Social Injustice Breeds Terrorism and Radicalization

San Bernardino, CaliforniaWhen it comes to crime in general – and homicidal crime in particular – America seems intent in proving to the world that we are a nation apart. And if the crime sub-specialty is one of mass shootings, such as the event which recently transpired in San Bernardino (California), we purposely shrug off a topic we prefer to keep hushed; a topic which brings out the inglorious fact that the rate of mass shootings in the United States is six times that in the rest of the planet based on population. Not double, not triple, but six times as high!

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