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Republican’s ultimatum to Putin

July 28, 2014 "ICH" - With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation. Specifically, they should spend time reading S. 2277, the “Russian Aggression ...

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Tracing Dead Migrants in Europe

By Kristy Siegfried , Johannesburg, (IRIN)* – As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb – to about 75,000 at last count – so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 800 migrants have died trying to make the treacherous crossing ...

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‘The permanent members of the UN Security Council are certifiably sick entities suffering from bouts of psychoses’

By Maung Zarni* TRANSCEND Media Service – Their discernible inability or lack of will to really promote the collective well-being of us humans and protect our own habitat (the eco-system – not that self-destructive and life-negating Capitalist economic system with no happy ending in sight) can be explained psychologically – in addition to through other lenses. They are all suffering from imperial syndrome o ...

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A Letter to the Outside

Republished from Shani Navitbar's Blog Dear Friends Outside, Many of you have written to me to ask how I was, and even those who didn't, I know, are thinking about me every now and again, and just don't know how to express what they are feeling. I myself have been meaning to write a blog post since the negotiation talks ended 4 months ago but have had a difficult time escaping clichés. It's loaded when you ...

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Fuelling worldwide antisemitism over Gaza will not make Israel any safer

Sorry about repeating it, but the Israeli government is being played like a piano by Hamas. Who needs suicide bombers when you can get the Israeli Army to do your dirty work? This relentless bombing of Gaza, killing civilians, children, handicapped people, can only make grow the horror that the international community feels. No sympathy for Israel, since the disproportion in the number of deaths is so great ...

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bo ...

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Enough!

By Dr Meir Margalit, in Jerusalem If I had to summarize in one word all this bitter feeling of anguish that fills me in front of so much tragedy, I would choose the word – Enough! Enough! is a powerful word. When uttered with conviction, it can change the course of history. Not immediately, and it will have us waiting, but when the clamour of thousands repeat it incessantly, it can tear down walls. When sai ...

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Hear O Israel … something very big is crying inside the human being

We would like to read the names of each of the five hundred Palestinians who have died. Also each one of the dozens of Israelis who have lost their lives because of these attacks. At least knowing their names to represent them and thus bring closer the unique meaning of what is happening. Every human life that vanishes by the deliberate and violent act of another human being is a shadow over humanity as a w ...

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How the West Chose War in Gaza: Crisis Tied to Israeli-U.S. Effort to Isolate Hamas & Keep the Siege

Democracy Now! While many trace the Israeli assault on Gaza to the series of events that began with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of three teenage Israelis in the occupied West Bank, we look at how the crisis’ immediate cause has been all but ignored. In a recent article for The New York Times, "How the West Chose War in Gaza," Nathan Thrall, senior analyst at International Crisis Group, argues the r ...

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Gaza: the toothpick and the machete

This ongoing massacre in Gaza is like a fight between a guy with a toothpick and a guy with a machete... You may ask: So, why is the guy with the toothpick fighting the guy with the machete; he knows he can't win - toothpick against a machete. He must be crazy.  By Godi Gutierrez Well, yes, he’s crazy; but also no, because, Hamas needs to provoke Israel into going to war, for them to stay in power. The same ...

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