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Judge rejects cover-up case against Argentine president Documents originally filed by late prosecutor Nisman failed to meet standards needed to open formal probe, judge says.
#ISIL video shows destruction of Mosul artifacts Five-minute clip shows group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to smash several large statues.
#Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal from frontlines Convoy of 30-40 vehicles seen carrying guns from village of Paraskoviyvka in step that may boost ceasefire.
Media outlets identify 'Jihadi John' Washington Post and BBC say ISIL beheading video suspect is Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Palestine at the International Criminal Court: Potential and Problems

Avigdor LiebermanThe International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority - those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. Until recently ICC prosecutions have been limited to leaders of small and weak states.

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Obama has seen 'the light'

White House conference on violent extremismAfter Six Years in Office, Obama Believes To Have Seen “the Great Light”

On his way from Jerusalem to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus (Christianity’s Saint Paul), the Jew-Roman persecutor of Jesus’ early disciples, saw a “great light” which blinded him and threw him off his horse. A light which transfigured his life, and made him perhaps the most important personage in the Apostolic Age (First Century); a fundamental figure in Old Christianity.

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Hope and wonder amidst the misery

A friend’s five year old daughter recently asked him to ‘turn off the radio news’ because its ‘always so miserable’ – is anyone else sick and tired of reading and hearing continuously disturbing, depressing news items? I know I am.

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Positive and Negative Forms of ‘Lawfare’

Issues of law and ‘lawfare’ are recurrent features of foreign policy debates in the United States. On the side, are efforts by peace activists and others to condition the behavior of all states, and especially the United States, by reference to authoritative limits on national discretion as encoded in the UN Charter, a binding treaty.

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The Greek Tragedy

Some things not to forget, which the New Greek leaders have not
by William Blum

American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power. It was Churchill...

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What we get wrong about radicalisation

by Rachel Shabi

The conviction days ago in the UK, of a 19-year-old man found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier, sent shockwaves across the country. And one of the key components of that shock, in the case of Brusthom Ziamani, who recently converted to Islam, is the speed at which he was radicalised.

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Are American Courts and Universities Targeting Iran?

Were one to credit some current predictions of book-makers in the world’s top five gambling loses per capita countries, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, and Finland, on whether there will be an agreement on the Iranian nuclear file next month, a prudent person would likely not bet one Iranian Rial that there will be.

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Anti-Semitism Nonsense

Anti-Semitism is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel before it is too late. True? Untrue? Nonsense.

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Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire

If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments’ invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge — against Americans.

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O’Reilly, Oswald, and Hot Water

Fox News conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly is in hot water over a matter relating to Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. News media on the Internet are abuzz over allegations that O’Reilly fibbed about an episode relating to a man named George de Mohrenschildt, a Dallas conservative. The controversy couldn’t have come at a worse time...

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Freedom to choose, believe in or leave a religion

by Dr. Nasir Khan

Freedom to believe in any religion can also extend to freedom to change one's religion. For example, when Christianity arose as a major religion, millions of followers of Egyptian, Roman and other Middle Eastern religions accepted Christianity, which had already split and developed into divergent sects.

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Up is Down

Best be advised to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. Because you’re about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed? Good, because everything you know is wrong. Ain't that always the way. Just when we think we have it all figured out, somebody comes along with information suggesting we’re so off the mark, we might have taken...

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Israel election scandals and a very European week

by Adam Keller

This was the week in which the IDF got a new Chief of Staff. Immediately, chromo paper color photos of the new Commander in Chief, Major General Gadi Eizenkot were provided to the readers of Israel’s mass-circulation newspapers. Two days later, walking through the main street of Holon, I noticed at the greengrocer’s the new photo already having pride...

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Obama's Demagoguery on Countering Violent Extremism

Obama proliferates Big Lies. He's incapable of truth-telling. On February 18, he delivered closing remarks at the just concluded White House summit on countering violent extremism.

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