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Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as #FIFA president Swiss incumbent secures four-year term in office after rival candidate Prince Ali withdraws following first round.
Deaths in blast near Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia Four reported dead in blast outside mosque in Damman in Qatif province, in attack claimed by ISIL.
US removes #Cuba from terror list Move comes as officials from ex-Cold War foes continue to hash out details of restoring full diplomatic relations.
Buhari vows intense campaign against Boko Haram Nigeria's former military ruler formally takes over as elected head of state in Abuja ceremony amid tight security.

International Law and Crimes against Humanity

childrenProsecuting Crimes against Humanity

T he promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal achievements resulting from World War II. As Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials put it, the crimes bred by that conflict were “so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

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Another Decapitator-in-Chief of America’s Working Class

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie SandersIt is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president, William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing, the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a “great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?

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The Map on the Wall

A former cabinet minister, an intelligent person -nonetheless- asked me the other day: “Let’s assume that your plan is realized. A Palestinian state will come into being side by side with Israel. Even some kind of federation. Then, in a few years, a violently anti-Israel party will come to power there and annul all the treaties. What then?”

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The UK lurches further to the Right

A lost opportunity for change

Friday 8th May, we woke to the depressing news that the Conservative party led by David Cameron had been re-elected as the UK national government. Depressing unless you’re living in a house worth £2 million or more – and didn’t want to pay higher property tax that is!

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Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy

A FIFA clean-up, exposure of political corruption, and corporate sponsor
by James M. Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

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Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

When Ashraf Ghani became the president of Afghanistan last September, he pledged to improve relations with all neighbours, mainly Iran and Pakistan. While he has focused almost entirely on improving relations with Pakistan, and on bringing China on board for his top priority of talks with the Taliban, Ghani has lost sight of another powerful...

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Who Will Save Israel?

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock.

The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.

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The Fall of Palmyra

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days?

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Iran’s Criminal Justice System Looks Like Gitmo’s

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for "espionage for the hostile government of the United States.” He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge.

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Bid to Expel Israel from FIFA

At the 11th hour, Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub dropped a bid to expel Israel from FIFA shortly before it was to be voted on. Israeli abuses against Palestinian footballers are longstanding - including harassment, travel restrictions, assaults, arrests and at times killings.

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Ben Gurion ’48 letter barred return to Haifa

by Jonathan Cook

O ver many decades, Israel’s self-serving deceptions about the Nakba in 1948 have been exposed for the lies Palestinians already knew them to be.

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Bernie Sanders: Populist or Opportunist?

Compared to Hillary Clinton and array of Republican presidential aspirants looking more like a police lineup, Sanders seems almost saintly, but hold the cheers. On the one hand, no one challenging money-controlled US politics has a chance to win any top position in government - let alone the presidency. Sander's chance to become president is zero.

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This Week in Poly Ticks

And now for your weekly update in the world of poly ticks

Run for your lives, people, because it’s complete chaos out there. In the pre- summer rush to wrangle positive press; current presidential candidates, potential presidential candidates, former presidential candidates, former presidents, and current presidents are viciously competing for track space in a freakish...

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Memorial Day Heroes

It is Memorial Day again. Some will celebrate. Some will drink too much. Some will march in parades. Some will rally around the flag. Some will go shopping. Some will mourn. I am among the mourners.

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