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Adama Barrow sworn in as Gambia's president in Senegal Adama Barrow, winner of December vote, is inaugurated in Senegal but longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh refuses to cede power.
US air raids 'kill scores of ISIL fighters' in Libya B-2 bombers and US drones target two camps near city of Sirte, killing at least 80 ISIL fighters, Pentagon says.
Malaysia: Muslim countries should end Rohingya crisis Malaysia PM Najib Razak warns that Rohingya could be 'infiltrated' by ISIL if their plight is not solved.
Palestinians in Israel strike after deadly Negev raid Palestinians in Israel protest in cities across the country after home demolition raid turned deadly in Um al Hiran.

2017: Palestine’s Three Dark Commemorations

settlersIncreasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.

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A Future For The Democratic Party?

Democratic PartyYou would think that learning from experience is a common thing to do. But, for the Democratic Party’s leadership this seems not to be the case. After the landslide victory of Trump’s version of the Republican Party in the 2016 national election, it is fair to say that the Democratic Party is in big trouble. As Senator Bernie Sanders has observed, the party needs to reform.

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Pavor Nocturnus during the Fortnight of Trump’s Inauguration

Entering 2017 in political America has been a true centennial celebration of Surrealism, American style… at least in ideology and politics, if not in art. We may not quite have the quality-legacy of surrealism provided by Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx or Pablo Picasso to Europeans a century ago, but we are poised to receive an overdose of new political reality shortly after Donald...

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A Critical Retrospective on Obama’s Rhetoric of New Beginnings

Obama’s impressive oratorical skills rocketed him onto the national stage of US politics in 2004 when he delivered a speech of stunning eloquence at the Democratic Party national convention.

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Confessions of a Megalomaniac

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them.  Saves a lot of trouble.

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Seeing the Obvious

Americans need no reminding, nor does the world; there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is nothing exceptional about this piece of knowledge, it was obvious to me and some 30 million others back in February 2003.

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Islamic State Violence fuels culture wars

The Islamic State’s multiple attacks in Turkey intend to primarily raise the cost of Turkish intervention in neighbouring Syria’s civil war.

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Avnery: Yes, We Can

During World War II, when German bombers terrorized Britain, a small group of gallant airmen faced them every day. Their life expectancy was numbered in days.

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2017 Resolutions

All right everybody; time to slap on a happy face and start thinking positively about the upcoming twelve months. And none of that, “You want positive? Okay. I’m positive this year is going to suck big beige banana slugs from Mars,” stuff, because that, my friends, is stinking thinking.

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Religious fanaticism versus humanist values

What our friends and sympathisers can do in this struggle is not to become only silent spectators and leave the field open to the fanatics but to side with those who are involved in political struggles against the reactionary forces.

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Where Did the Al-Jazeera Expose Fail?

“The Lobby”, the Al-Jazeerah expose of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Lobby infiltration into British politics is a landmark in journalism. It seems that Qatari TV outsmarted Israeli intelligence in the UK and beyond.

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The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism.

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The Plot Against Britain...

A few days ago in London, we witnessed a senior diplomat in the Israeli embassy caught on camera plotting to “take down” members of the British government including Foreign Office minister...

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Iran after Rafsanjani

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre.

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