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Fierce fighting rages in Syria's #Kobane The Syrian border town of Kobane has been hit by the fiercest fighting in days as Kurdish forces repelled advancing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group monitoring the violence has said.
Deadly suicide blast hits #Baghdad mosque A suicide bomber has detonated explosives at a Shia mosque in western Baghdad, killing at least 21people, security and medical officials said.
Castro offers to co-operate with US on #Ebola Fidel Castro, the 88-year-old former Cuban leader, has said his country is ready to work with the US in the battle against Ebola, saying that such co-operation would be in the interest of "the peace of the world".
Fighting greets arrival of Yemen's new PM Yemen's new Prime Minister Khaled Bahah has arrived in Sanaa from New York where he was serving as the country's ambassador to the UN.

On The Purpose of U.S. Education

U.S. EducationComplaints, Complaints

Every so often books and articles appear bemoaning the state of U.S. education. The complaints address all levels, from the elementary grades to high school to college and university. You can get a sense of this by going to Google and doing a search under the heading “American Education.” Most of what comes up is negative. In 2001 President Bush, who is not exactly a poster boy for U.S. schooling, told us that, at the lower levels, a whole lot of American children were being “left behind.” And, at the upper levels, who can forget the angst of Alan Bloom who, in 1987, told us higher education was destroying students’ minds and ruining the country by endorsing relativism and multiculturalism.

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Two Millstones Drowning America into Premature Oblivion

Henry KissingerIt was over four decades ago that I first heard the expression “premature oblivion.” It came from a fellow graduate student at UCLA, Stefan, a magisterial peer to many of us, not so much because of his then-soon-to-be ABD status, but rather his Zorba the Greek likeability in his contrarian demeanor. Beyond obstinacy perhaps, most of us close to him would agree, but with an undeniable air of prophetic clairvoyance. And if we took his assertions as Stefan-lite dictums; as the years have gone by, some of us started to realize our misdiagnosed pig-headedness in him was no more than unbending firmness resulting from clear vision, historical knowledge and logical perspective.

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James Petras- The Politics of Empire

The US, Israel and the Middle East, Clarity Press, Atlanta 2014

The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people in the Gaza strip. The last time, they “visited” the walled-in strip at the turn of the year 2008/09, they slaughtered 1 400 Palestinians. In 2014, they killed over 2 100 Palestinians, 80 per cent civilians, injured over 10 000,...

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Diplomatic terrorism and wings over the Iron Wall

by Adam Keller

Will the Palestinians ever get free of Israeli occupation? Will there ever be peace between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine? If any of these things ever happen, Bahaa Samir Badir will not be there to see it.

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Decent Respect

If the British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this:

"In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament adopted with a huge majority (274 for, a mere 12 against) a pro-Israeli motion…Over half the seats were occupied, more than usual…the opponents of...

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The Islamist State

by William Blum

You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

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Palestine moves towards post-Oslo phase

On October 13, the UK House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 274-12 urged the British government to extend diplomatic recognition to Palestine.

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Momentum for Palestinian Statehood

Britain's symbolic vote brings it closer to reality. It's just a matter of time before Palestine takes its rightful place among other world nations officially. Expect America, Israel and a few Pacific islands Washington dominates to be final holdouts.

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One Man. One Vote

Whiners. Bounders. Ingrates. Talking about the incessant griping and sniping currently buzzing over long overdue Republican reforms requiring citizens to produce a government issued ID before casting a vote. From the outcry you’d think the GOP was organizing competitive kitten clubbings. Again.

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Sparking Anger in Syria

Chest high metal crowd control barriers manned by armed guards—since late September they have stood outside the Arrivals Hall on the Lebanon side of the Masnaa border crossing with Syria. For Syrian and Palestinian refugees fleeing the continuing violence next door and trying to get into Lebanon the message is clear:

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The Politicians Are Scaring You Again

They are doing it again. “They” are the war-party politicians, Democrats and Republicans. “It” is scaring you into supporting another war in the Middle East.

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Time to Make Firms Pay For Avoiding Taxes

Blue-ribbon corporations are deserting our country "to avoid paying taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for," Fortune magazine reports. That's right, Fortune wrote it; not Pravda.

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Yes to Palestine, say British MPs

In a symbolic vote that has zero practical impact on British policy, MPs have voted to recognise Palestine as a state.

Palestine won yesterday the support of 274 to 12, a majority of 262 MPs, on a backbench motion that may suggest that Israel’s popularity is non existent.

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With 'Victories' Like WWII, Who Needs Losses?

Even the most ardent of interventionists will concede that World War I was a deadly and destructive debacle. That is certainly how the American people felt after the war was over. They realized that the tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers who were sacrificed in that war died for nothing. The war did not end all wars or make the world safe for democracy, as U.S. interventionists...

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Four children killed during airstrikes

Four children have been killed and several injuries were reported during airstrikes in the suburbs of Maarat An Numan on Thursday , The Syrian Observatory...

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US-led military coalition stepped up air strikes

The US and its allies have dramatically stepped up air strikes in the past two days near the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish defenders said they had...

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Deaths in Al Waar neighborhood in Homs

The Syrian Observatory reported ten deaths in Al Waar neighborhood in Homs on Wednesday due to government forces bombing the area.

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Clashes in suburbs of Aleppo

The Observatory reported clashes in suburbs of Aleppo on Thursday. It also reported airstrikes on Aleppo causing damage to several buildings.

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