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US to deploy special forces in #Iraq US defence secretary says extra troops will assist Iraqi and Peshmerga forces in fight against ISIL.
Lebanese army and al-Nusra Front conduct prisoner swap Qatari-brokered deal secures release of 16 Lebanese security officers seized by Syrian group in exchange for 13 people.
Detention of Egyptian reporter stretches to third day Ongoing interrogation of Ismail Alexandrani extends nine hours as charges remain unknown, his wife says.
Explosion rattles #Istanbul metro station A number of casualties reported, but cause of blast remains unknown, according to Turkish media.

Who is Right in Syria?

airstrikesHere is the situation in Syria as I see it: Russia is taking a long-range view and wants stability in post-ISIS Syria. France and the United States are taking the short-range view and really have no achievable plans for Syria’s future stability. Turkey appears to have given little thought to Syria’s future. Ankara may be willing to see indefinite chaos in Syria if it hurts the Assad regime on the one hand and the Kurds on the other.



Israel Divides the Jews

Rabbi Rick JacobsSomething significant recently happened in the ongoing political-ethical drama that grips Israel and, by extension, Jewish communities worldwide. As reported by the Jewish Daily Forward on on 6 November 2015, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (a position that makes him the leader of largest Jewish denomination in the United States), publicly broke with Israel’s political and religious leadership.




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The Missing Word - Morality

It’s the mother of all disasters; the worst of all possible outrages. Britain is at risk of having as Prime Minister a man who is widely regarded as a thoroughly decent man, an honourable man, highly committed to his principles, a man who speaks of a ‘kinder, more just society’ and asserts that he would never press the button to initiate nuclear war. Unthinkable!

Rushing to bomb Syria would be lunacy

by Rachel Shabi

You know what a good reaction to fear and tragedy and terror would be? A kneejerk response. That must be right, because how else can you explain the rationale guiding UK Prime Minister David Cameron who, following ISIL-claimed terror atrocities in Paris, so soon after atrocities in Beirut, the Egyptian Sinai, in Ankara and on Tunisia's beaches, now wants...

Pre-Paris Betrayal People’s Climate Marches

We are badly running out of time to tackle climate change. It is now effectively too late to avoid a catastrophic plus 2 degrees C temperature rise but we are nevertheless obliged to do everything we can to make the future “less bad” for our children, grandchildren and future generations.

The Reign of Absurdity

There is no such thing as "international terrorism". To declare war on "international terrorism" is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.

So what is to be done?

by Adam Keller

"This is the fight of Civilization against Barbarism!" declared Prime Minister Netanyahu to his distinguished guest, US Secretary of State John Kerry. "The whole world is under attack by radical Islamists and the forces of terror. Israel is ever at war with these terrorists. The entire international community should support our efforts - it's not just...

Foreign Policy Comes Back to Haunt Us

From the start, opponents of the American empire warned that the government could not violate the rights of foreigners without eventually violating the rights of Americans. An excellent example is William Graham Sumner's post-Spanish-American War classic "The Conquest of the United States by Spain." The anti-imperialists were spot-on,...



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Why Assad Isn't 'Our Son of a Bitch'

While Franklin Roosevelt may not have said that Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza "may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch," he probably thought it -- just as other presidents have had similar thoughts about myriad...

Blame the Refugee Crisis and Terrorism on Empire and Intervention

Whenever statist polices produce crises, libertarians are inevitably asked what the libertarian position is to resolve the crises. Two recent examples involve the refugee crisis in Europe and the terrorist crisis in Paris. “How would you libertarians deal with these two crises?” People ask us.

This is World War III

The CNN headline read “How is This Not WWIII? I was surprised to see this article on CNN and after having read the article I realized that CNN had really not strayed too far from the dogma that is the mainstream media. If I had been tasked to write that article, I would have taken...

Laquan the Palestinian

by Amer Zahr

He was brash. Reckless. Audacious. Walking right in front of police officers like he had nothing to fear. It was lunacy. His chest out, invincible. It was a defiance of the highest order. Utterly insane. How could he have cared about his own life, his own future, doing such things?

How Many Turkeys Died For Your Dinner

We’ve spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion- killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24- hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you’re a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-...

Academic Workers for a Democratic Union at The New School

“Education should be free. The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education."

This is only one among innumerable comments on social network media by the frustrated students in the US these days. Recently, students across the US  walked out of classrooms to protest ballooning student...



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