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U.S., EU Unveil Toughest Sanctions on Russia to Date

The Obama administration has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine. President Obama said the measures will target Russia’s economy, but rejected claims of a new Cold War. President Obama: "If Russia continues on its current path, the cost on Russia will continue to grow. And today is a reminder that the United States means what it says. And we will rall ...

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Dozens Killed in Israel’s Worst Bombardment of Gaza So Far

Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the most intensive 48-hour bombardment of Gaza so far. At least 50 Palestinians have died over the past day, bringing the death toll from Israel’s three-week assault to more than 1,250. U.N. Blames Israel for Deadly Shelling of School Housing Displaced Gazans Earlier today, two bombs hit a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp used by the United Nations to h ...

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Is What We Hear About Migration Really True? Questioning Eight Stereotypes

It is a common belief that migration harms European societies, and that the European Union would be better off with either very few immigrants or none at all, says a report by the Italy-based Migration Policy Centre*. These are the report’s key findings: Such perceptions are misguided, and they risk causing serious damage to the EU’s economy, living standards, and global clout if they are used as a basis fo ...

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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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Palestinian Toll Tops 1,000 as Truce Unearths Dozens of Buried Bodies

The U.N. Security Council has issued a presidential statement calling for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza as the Palestinian toll tops 1,000. The weekend saw a series of ceasefire announcements by both Israel and Hamas. On Saturday, more than 130 bodies were pulled from Gaza’s rubble during a 12-hour truce. Many displaced residents tried to return home only to find their neig ...

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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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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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From Ellsberg to Snowden — from risks to hacks

Nathan Schneider July 19, 2014 for Waging Nonviolence. Sharing the stage today with a video feed of Edward Snowden, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg noted that the new generation of whistleblowers has improved his reputation. Government officials and others seeking to discredit Snowden and Chelsea Manning have claimed Ellsberg’s historic leak as more legitimate than, and somehow different in kind from ...

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Deadliest day in Gaza crisis

The deadliest violence, so far, of Israel's offensive claimed the lives of at least 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Sunday. Meanwhile, Hamas says it has kidnapped an Israeli soldier in Gaza City. Most of the casualties in Sunday's violence came in the Shijaiyah neighborhood, located between Gaza City and the Israeli border. On Sunday alone, Israel said that 13 soldiers had been killed in ...

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Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. After a number of hours and a national outcry, he was released. He first revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant three years ago in a New York Times Magazine article, and has since made changing U.S. immigration poli ...

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