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Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015 Diplomats say talks on Tehran's nuclear programme will resume next year after negotiators fail to clinch final deal.
US defence secretary Chuck Hagel resigns President Barack Obama announces resignation of Pentagon chief who is said to have quit under pressure.  
Deadly bomb hits market in Afghan province At least six people dead after improvised explosive device fixed to a motorcycle explodes in a market in Kunduz region.
Egypt's Sisi visits Pope on first Europe trip President's four-day tour includes meeting with Italian PM and trip to France, aimed at securing investments.

A Sober Look at U.S. Democracy

ElectionThe Best of the Worst

Given the dangerous results of the recent election in the United States - one that saw the Republicans, a right-wing party increasingly populated with neocon warmongers, reactionaries, and plutocrats, take control of both houses of Congress - it might be time to take a look at a sober look at U.S. democracy.

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World Survival Requires European Uprising

UkraineDon’t count on the United States to be politically prudent in dealing with other nations of the world at any level. Maintaining hegemony, the American ruling-elite feels, is accomplished best not through overly caution or moderating discussion, but through a strong, unrelenting campaign of discrete belligerence: showing your teeth but holding your bite.

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Israel: Racist Pariah State Writ Large

Israel finds new ways to prove its pariah state status. On Sunday, extremist cabinet ministers added more controversy to their collective rap sheet.

Voting 14 - 6 to permit drafting a new Basic Law. For Knesset consideration. Cabinet members:

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The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few.

The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annexed Jerusalem in 1967.

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Jerusalem: Don't call it a religious conflict

by Rachel Shabi

They are horrifying images of a house of prayer drenched in blood. That an ultra-orthodox synagogue in West Jerusalem was chosen for this latest, gruesome attack, in which four Jewish-Israeli men were killed by two knife-wielding Palestinians, has detonated appalling historic associations and has been widely condemned.

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West Jerusalem Is Occupied Territory

Many categorical statements have emanated from the Israeli government about the yet-to-be-negotiated final status of Jerusalem. Indeed, Jerusalem was said to have been the stumbling block that led to the breakdown of the Camp David II negotiations in the summer of 2000, though the negotiating situation was far more complicated than that.

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The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom

By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships...

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Russia invades Ukraine

Again. And again. And yet again … using Saddam’s WMD
by William Blum

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five...

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Rand Paul is Wrong. Leave Iraq Alone!

Still opposing the Iraq War in 2003, Senator Rand Paul now wants Congress to declare war against the Islamic State and engage in military action in Iraq. He says that “national security” is at stake.

I’ve got a better idea: Leave Iraq alone! Hasn’t the U.S. government done enough damage already in Iraq?

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Modi's 'Run for Unity' and the following controversies

After Modi’s lionisation of Sardar Patel the Indian National Congress sat up and tried to put the latter back to where he belonged – a high pedestal. In the latest issue of its official organ “Sandesh” it has paid homage to him.

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Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law

So President Obama is going to defer deportation of five million people without government papers, mostly parents of children whom the government deems citizens or legal permanent residents. Under his executive order, most will get permission to work. Obama will also increase the number of “dreamers” — children brought here illegally by their parents and raised in the United...

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The Guardian’s Misleading Editorial

by Dr. Nasir Khan

The Guardian’s editorial on 18 November 2014 deals with the violent killing of four Israeli worshippers at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighbourhood on Tuesday 18th November 20. On hearing the news the PA President Mahmud Abbas condemned...

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Familiar Bedfellows

Hillary and Henry sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G-E-R!

It says a lot about former secretary of state and presumed presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton that she’s a member of the Henry Kissinger Fan Club. Progressives who despised George W. Bush might want to examine any warm, fuzzy feelings they harbor for Clinton.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: Down but not Out

On November 18, Senate Democrats derailed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline plans. For now. Republicans controlling next year's 114th Congress vowed to continue fighting for passage. It remains to be seen what follows.

Obama is veto-shy. Twice only so far. Compared to GW Bush's 12. Including pocket vetoes. Clinton's 37. Reagan's 78. Dwight Eisenhower's 181. Truman's 250. FD...

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