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US to strike #ISIL 'sanctuaries' in #Syria US plans to carry out air strikes against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Syria and will target the group's sanctuaries, command centres and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
UN estimates #Ebola fight to cost nearly $1bn The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1bn to contain the crisis, the World Health Organisation has warned.
#Iraq parliament rejects PM security nominees Iraq's parliament has failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers, state television has reported.
Haftar's group claims #Libya air raid A group led by a renegade former general claimed responsibility for an air raid on a military base in western Libya held by rival fighters.

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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Ukraine and neo-Nazis

by William Blum

Ever since serious protest broke out in Ukraine in February the Western mainstream media, particularly in the United States, has seriously downplayed the fact that the usual suspects – the US/European Union/NATO triumvirate – have been on the same side as the neo-Nazis. In the US it’s been virtually unmentionable. I’m sure that a poll taken in...

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Obama’s War in Iraq & Syria

American President Barak Obama has made a transition from having “no strategy” a week ago to now outlining in a major speech (10 September 2014) how the US and its allies “will degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL” in an Obama Iraq and Syrian War.

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32 Years after the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

Tension mounts in Lebanon’s teeming camps….

They are beginning to arrive at Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut this weekend.

“They” being people of good will from around the world, many of whom annually visit Martyr’s Square in Shatila as well as some of Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian Refugee Camps. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and...

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Hannibal ad Portas

The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let's use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example.

Hannibal? The man with the elephants? The very same.

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Flawed From The Beginning

In April 2014 the UK Coalition Government announced that it would be conducting a review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK and Abroad. It is unprecedented to conduct such a review of a religion based political movement and it was criticised from the outset for its clumsy approach to what was clearly a process demanded by the UK's emerging partners in the...

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ISIS Must be Treated Like an Onion

by Adil E. Shamoo

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom—not the cause—of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom of oppressive, corrupt, and undemocratic regimes supported and manipulated by the United States, Europe, and Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, to serve their own interests.

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Perpetual Fear under Empire

Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them.

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The Supreme Court’s Abrogation of Responsibility on Declaring War

Everyone agrees that under our system of government, the Constitution requires the president to secure a declaration of war from Congress before he can legally wage war. Everyone also agrees that presidents have violated this constitutional restriction on power several times, especially since World War II.

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We'll Never Learn

America is on the verge of another "Crusade". Of course they are not telling us this directly, but the mass media has lined up its "polls" and has concluded that 90% of Americans want to defeat ISIS or ISIL or IS (whatever). The reason for this is because of the beheadings of two Americans and a Brit. Understandable, right?

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The Guardian of Big Money

The Guardian is backing a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum. “Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice,” the paper’s editorial suggested yesterday.

Not that I want to enter this debate. I am an immigrant in the UK and I do not feel entitled...

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IDF Soldiers Denounce Israel Crimes

Netanyahu is a world class thug. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He heads Israel's fascist government. He wages genocidal war on Palestine. Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It was war without mercy.

Mass slaughter and destruction were horrific. James Petras calls Israel a "genocidal state." "Citizens and soldiers, criminals and professionals,...

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Generating Fear through Lies and Hypocrisy

A Reply to Dershowitz’ Pathological Tirade

"ISIS is an extremist Islamist organization that doesn't play by the rules, is prepared to behead Americans, smuggle Americans and Europeans into America with evil intentions on their mind…. "The only difference is ISIS is much further away from the United States than Hamas is from Israel, but they use the same tactics"....

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German Muslims invite all faiths to pray against ISIL

More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against ISIL to try to dissuade...

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Kurdish peshmerga forces recaptured Christian villages

Kurdish peshmerga forces recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with ISIL group, an officer and a cleric said. Tens of thousands...

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Decisive action against ISIL fighters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged countries that are capable to take decisive action against ISIL fighters, who have taken over large...

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Iraq's national security adviser meets with Syrian President

Iraq's national security adviser Faleh al-Fayad meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to talk about the threat of ISIL, Syrian State TV reports. [Source:...

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The parliamentary vote

Reports say that the parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Haider al-Abaddi's nominees for defense and interior ministers has been postponed until Thursday....

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