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ISIL accused of killing scores of Qaryatayn civilians ISIL fighters accused of conducting a revenge campaign before the town's capture by Syrian government forces.
Kurds accuse Baghdad of troop build-up on region border Kurdish officials in northern Iraq express concern over 'dangerous deployment' of Iraqi troops and allied militia.
Erdogan: Turkey's membership will cure EU's problems Turkish president urges EU leaders to have 'common sense' on issues related to Turkey and in interactions with Ankara.
Court postpones sentencing white farmers in coffin case Two men were found guilty after shoving black victim into coffin and threatening to set him on fire.

A State for the Kurds?

KurdsIt was in 1916, in the midst of World War I, that Britain and France (pitted against the Germans, Austrians and Ottoman Turks) made their infamous Sykes-Picot agreement. In grand imperial style, they used this agreement to divide up the Middle East between them. It was a daring move, considering that the war was at a stalemate and the two allies did not know if they were going to win the struggle.

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War Culture - Gun Culture: They’re Related

War Culture - Gun CultureIf you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action.

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Analysis

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Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security

In the process, the boycott has redefined the national security aspects of food security, particularly for small states that are more vulnerable to external pressures.

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The Flawed and Corrupted Genius of American Republicanism

Trump as President makes us think as never before about viability of the American version of constitutional democracy, that is, the ‘republic’ that Ben Franklin promised the people at the time of Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Finally, the committee in Oslo that picks a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize each year selected in 2017 an awardee that is a true embodiment of the intended legacy of Alfred Nobel when he established the prize more than a century ago.

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‘Rationalism’ by Brian Ellis slams neoliberalism

Professor Brian Ellis (Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University and Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia) is a leading Australian philosopher, and 5 years ago published an important book entitled ”Social Humanism.

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Separation is Beautiful

Just imagine: A new movement among the Mizrahim is born in Israel. It declares that all the existing organizations of Mizrahim (Oriental Jews) are phony. That they are all instruments of the Ashkenazi (European Jewish) elite to keep the Mizrahim in subjugation.

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Battling for independence: Small states stake their claim

Groups like the Catalans and the Iraqi Kurds grapple with a more fundamental obstacle: resistance by nation states like Spain and Iraq to cede economically valuable territory and an international community whose Pavlov reflex is to oppose secession.

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A New Start

One day the Israeli Labor Party felt that it needed a new leader. That happens to this party every couple of years. The party is in bad shape.

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Dying for the Empire Is Not Heroic

Predictably, the news media spent most of the week examining words Donald Trump may or may not have spoken to the widow of an American Green Beret killed in Niger, in northwest Africa, in early October. Not only was this coverage tedious, it was largely pointless.

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F’ing Chutes & Ladders

Here’s the deal: You don’t start out by calling someone an “f’ing moron.” That’s a final exclamatory heave after exhausting all other slanders.

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Trump’s Horrible Truth to the Soldier’s Widow

Warfare-statists are horrified over what President Trump told Mrs. La David Johnson, the grieving widow of a U.S. soldier who was recently killed in Niger. Trump said to Mrs. Johnson, “Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”

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The Terrible Problem

Ze'ev Begin, the son of Menachem Begin, is a very nice human being. It is impossible not to like him. He is well brought up, polite and modest, the kind of person one would like to have as a friend.

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Is Secession by Referendum Libertarian?

I have concerns about secession by referendum. Individual secession, of course, is no problem; that’s simply libertarianism. Before I get into my reasons, let me stipulate that smaller political jurisdictions are on net preferable to larger ones if for no other reason than the lower cost of exit.

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