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Morocco arrests Rif protest leader Nasser Zefzafi Police probes detained Nasser Zefzafi for "undermining the security of the state" and other criminal acts.
Lightning and thunderstorms kill 29 in India's Bihar The storm occurred as temperatures soar across many states ahead of the monsoon season.
Warplanes carry out new strikes on Libya's Derna Fresh strikes come days after Egypt attacked camps in city of Derna, in response to killing of Egyptian Christians.
Philippines: Hundreds trapped in battle for Marawi Philippine army makes gains as alarm grows over fate of up to 2,000 people stranded amid street battles and air strikes.

Reality and its Enemies

trump_0There is an ongoing reality that is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in the Middle East. And though most Americans are ignorant of the fact, and many of those who should be in the know would deny it, the suffering flows directly from decisions taken by Washington over the last 27 years.

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Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East

Saudi's King Salman In his first overseas trip since moving into the White House, Donald Trump is leaving behind the frustrations, allegations, rumors, and an increasing sense of implosion that seems to be dooming his presidency during its second hundred days. At the same time, a mixture of curiosity and apprehension awaits this new leader wherever he goes making his visit to the Middle East and Europe momentous occasions for the host governments, wide eyed public, and rapacious media.

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Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza

The Palestinian hunger strike protesting Israeli prison conditions was suspended on May 27th after 40 days, at a time when many of the 1000 or so strikers were experiencing serious deteriorations of health, most were by then hospitalized, and the holy period of Ramadan about to commence creating continuity between the daytime fasting of the faithful and the prior desperate protest...

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The Visitation

Thank God for Oren Hazan. Without him, this would have been an exceedingly dull visit.

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Trump’s Mideast Mission Impossible

By now, comparing someone to the underwear gnomes of South Park fame is trite. Were it not for Donald Trump, I wouldn’t go near it. But I cannot resist because it’s a salient feature of his way of “thinking” — although posing would be the better word here.

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Understanding Common-Law Unions; An Immigration Perspective

Throughout the world families are the cornerstones of societies. In Canada, Citizens and Permanent Residents enjoy a constitutional right to choose who his or her spouse is. 

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Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

A majority of world leaders, including many of Muslim nations, condemn Iranian policies, but view the Islamic State as the world’s foremost terrorist threat.

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Parliamentary Riffraff

When I first entered the Knesset, I was shocked by the low standard of its debates. Speeches were full of clichés, platitudes and party slogans; the intellectual content was almost nil.

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Politics

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Best Radioactive Spider Ever

Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He’s got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers, real- estate interpreters, all frantically flapping and squawking like a flock of seagulls outside a sardine plant at low tide.

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Why Is the CIA Spying on China?

In its May 20 edition, the New York Times reported that between 2010 and 2012, China executed at least a dozen spies for the CIA. The report, which was based on information received from unnamed U.S. officials, stated that one spy was executed in the courtyard of a government building to serve as a warning to others who might be also working for the CIA.

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Instability and chaos in the Middle East is the axis of US-Israeli power politics

Iran's president fires back at Trump's funding 'terrorists' accusation, saying Americans don't know the region.

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The Balfour Declaration – A Century of Jewish Power

This year, Palestinians and their supporters mark the 100th anniversary of The Balfour Declaration, a written statement from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, to Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, in favour of the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

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President Raskolnikov

The firing of FBI Director James Comey by the President of the United States slammed Washington with the suddenness of a two- story bowling ball hitting the South Portico after being dropped from a blimp. And the repercussions have shot across the Capitol like a flurry of Kansas tornadoes, causing the entire Beltway to chant, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place...

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The Buttinski Should Butt Out of Korea

Korea is none of the U.S. government’s business. The only proper course of action is for the Pentagon and the CIA to exit the country and bring those 23,000 American soldiers stationed in Korea home. No negotiations. No agreements. No talks. Just butt out of what is none of your business and exit the scene by coming home.

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