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Syrian forces tighten grip on besieged Aleppo Capture of Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood means government now controls about half of eastern Aleppo.
Massive funeral for Brazil footballers killed in crash Chapeco city expecting some 100,000 people - half its population - to descend on Conda Arena to remember the dead.
Fidel Castro's last goal? A football pitch for kids Cuban leader's final acts was to order a football field built for youth in Jaimanitas, where he often stopped to talk.
Nine dead, many missing after fire at California rave Fire officials say there were as many as 70 people inside the warehouse after the blaze struck during a dance party.

Phoenix Unlikely to Rise from Democratic Party’s Ashes

phoenixAfter almost four decades of disregard for a decomposing cadaver, party progressives appear ready to cremate the Democratic Party’s corpse and give it a requiem mass doubtful that their minority status will allow them to revive the party.  Not the majority, however, who seem hopeful for a Lazarus’ resuscitation without a Jesus in their midst; a legion of career politicians tending to their own personal needs.

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Trump and the Jews

trump_aipacBefore the year 1967 the political and social relationships of the American Jewish community were very different than today. Those relationships were based on simple and accurate logic. Jews in the United States were a minority. Their country of residence had other minorities as well, most notably the African Americans, who also had a long history of being discriminated against. Given these conditions, it made sense for the American Jews to make alliances with other U.S. minorities - a united front, so to speak - with the clear-sighted understanding that if one group’s rights were attacked, all of their rights stood in danger.

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Turkish Realignment: Prospects amid Uncertainty

In recent months the Turkish President, Recep Teyipp Erdoğan, and his principal advisors have not made it a secret that they are reconsidering Turkey’s relations with neighbors, with the countries of the region, and with leading geopolitical actors.

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The Arabs Did It

When my parents married in Germany, just before World War I, among the gifts was a document attesting that a tree had been planted in their name in Palestine.

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Stephen Bannon and the old/new anti-Semitism

Equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism covers up the bigotry of the likes of Stephen Bannon.

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The Problem Is Foreign Interventionism, Not Muslims

With Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency, the U.S. anti-Muslim crusade is going into full swing. According to an article in the November 14 issue of the Washington Post, hate crimes against Muslims hit their highest level since 2001. An article in yesterday’s Post stated that four mosques have received letters stating that Trump will do to Muslims what Hitler “did...

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Turnbull & Trudeau anti-BDS & pro-Apartheid Israel

Liberal Western democracies of the Anglosphere are based on “one-person-one-vote” and “equal rights for all” but these fundamental principles die at the border. This is no better illustrated than by the liberal democracies Australia and Canada led by PMs Malcom Turnbull and Justin Trudeau, respectively, that arguably rank equal second after the United States as supporters...

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Will Trump play into the hands of Iranian hardliners?

If pressure from the US increases in the first few months of 2017, hardliners in Iran could discredit Hassan Rouhani.

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What can go wrong?

That he may not be “qualified” is unimportant. That he’s never held a government or elected position is unimportant. That on a personal level he may be a shmuck is unimportant.

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Bunkers and Meatheads

Archie Bunker is one of America’s most beloved TV Characters. Archie was the fictional star of the 1970s television sitcom All in the Family. The iconic satire told the story of a typical American, white, patriarchal, working-class family living in Queens.

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President Obama, close Guantanamo before it's too late!

Almost eight years ago you promised to the world to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay within one year. You haven’t kept this, but many other promises, too. Perhaps it comes with the office of the US presidency that incumbents change so rapidly.

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Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry level position, President- elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender ten minutes before midnight at a Times Square Applebee’s on New Year’s Eve.

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Fidel in His Own Words

My thoughts are on one topic above all others today, Fidel Castro’s passing, and the end of an era, unknown what may follow but hopeful.

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Eternal Glory to El Commandante Fidel Castro!

Despite all the hostile American policies and sabotage, the Cuban revolution stood its ground.

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