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New #Taliban head calls for unity in first audio message Mullah Akhtar Mansoor calls for unity among Afghan Taliban and promises to continue his group's fight.
#Palestine to lodge #ICC complaint over baby's death After death of 18-month-old in occupied West Bank arson attack, Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will take case to Hague.
Pacific trade officials fail to agree on final #TPP deal Sources at Hawaii meet say Trans-Pacific Partnership held up by disputes on car, drug and dairy trade.
Suspected wing of #MH370 arrives in #France for tests Wreckage washed up on island in Indian Ocean to be analysed, raising hopes of solving mystery of missing Malaysian jet.

On the Dangerous Aspects of Noise

marchThe Restaurant Scene

Many of you must have experienced something like this: you and a companion go into a restaurant and, over a good meal, would like to carry on a fruitful conversation - perhaps on the virtues of the agreement President Obama and his international partners have finally reached with Iran. However, you quickly realize that such a conversation is impossible.

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Trumping Political Success through an Irate Silent Majority

Donald TrumpFour years ago Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga rebirthed the musical-cicada of the 1937 song, “The Lady Is a Tramp”… which makes me think that maybe we could be facing in 2016 a re-enactment of the 1968 presidential election, this time Donald Trump taking the role of George Wallace; a political musical that could appropriately be given the lyrical title, “The Politician Is a Trump.”

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UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Harper Government

by Edward C. Corrigan

On July 20, 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its 7 page Concluding Observations Report [i] adopted a number of critical observations of Canada’s human right practices, treatment of indigenous people and criticized Harper’s policies on Immigration and treatment of refugees. The Report was termed “A wake up call” on Canada’s...

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In Search of a Hero

Some 60 years ago the new Egyptian ruler, Gamal Abd-al-Nasser, wrote a book about the “Philosophy of the Revolution”. Imitating the playwright Luigi Pirandello (“Six Characters in Search of an Author”) he claimed that the task of unifying the Arab world was “in search of a hero”.

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Eco-Insurgency, Tribal Vision, and Ultra-Nationalist Geopolitics

In further critique of Michael Oren

I devoted my last article to an expression of support for the July 14th P5 + 1 agreement reached with Iran on its Nuclear Program, and coupled this with criticism of what the former Israel ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, sets forth in his memoir, Ally, as the ideal form of special alliance relationship that exists and...

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Playing  with Fire on Iran Agreement

Barack Obama and John Kerry are playing with fire. They presumably want Congress and the American public to accept the nuclear agreement they and four other governments struck with Iran, but they work against their own objective by accepting the false premise of their opponents: namely, that Iran's regime is untrustworthy, dangerous, bent on becoming a nuclear power -- and containable...

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The International Criminal Court is unfit for purpose

by Dr. David Hoile

The debate that has opened up regarding the International Criminal Court as a consequence of South Africa's decision not to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir while he was attending the recent African Union summit in Johannesburg and Palestine's successful application to join the court is long overdue.

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Pope decrees full Carbon Price

A full Carbon Price (Carbon Tax) on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is required to stop GHG pollution that is killing the Biosphere and threatening Humanity. Pope Francis in his 2015 Encyclical Letter “Laudato si” demands that a “fully borne” Carbon Price be emplaced on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in order to prevent “millions of premature deaths”.

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Israeli Diplomat: Maintaining German Guilt About The Holocaust Helps Israel

Reported by Gilad Atzmon

Haaretz reported recently that a spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in Berlin told Israeli journalists it was ‘in the country’s interest to maintain German guilt about the Holocaust, and that it isn’t seeking full normalization of relations...

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Criminalizing Resistance Violates International Law

by Shawn Robinson

The truth about stone throwing as a form of resistance is that it is not an equal encounter between the thrower and the thrower’s quarry. Do not however minimize the power of stone throwing as stones can gravely injure or kill their intended targets.

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Dealing with the Cops

Everyone has to do some serious soul-searching when it comes to dealing with the cops. This is especially true for African-Americans, given that police departments seem to have attracted a disproportionate share of racial bigots to that line of work.

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More the Merrier

Got to congratulate Donald Trump for how fast he’s become more annoying to the Republican Party than a mouse in an air conditioning unit. Like that popcorn husk that gets stuck in the back of your molars and you can’t pry it out with a cord of toothpicks. Almost as grating as the Kars for Kids commercial.

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Are immigrants stealing American jobs?

by Amer Zahr

I'm an immigrant, sort of.

I was born in Jordan in 1977. My mother came to America from her Palestinian hometown of Akka in the 1960s as a teenager with her family. She became a naturalized US citizen during that time. Then, she me met my father during college in California, and they moved to Amman after they got married in 1976.

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Was Donald Trump Right About John McCain?

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump set off a firestorm within the conservative community by suggesting that former Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain shouldn’t be considered a war hero just for being captured during the Vietnam War. Apparently Trump has survived the firestorm because he’s still topping the Republican polls.

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