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#Ukraine hits rebels amid civil war warnings Russia has said Ukraine is lurching towards a state of civil war after Kiev began military operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, seizing control of an airfield.
#Iran cuts enriched uranium stockpile: report Diplomats say the UN will certify later this week that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced because it has neutralised half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium.
New York police scrap Muslim spy unit New York's police department has disbanded an undercover spying operation against Muslims which rights groups said was baseless and unfairly targeted people solely because of their religion.
Saudi Arabia replaces intelligence chief Saudi Arabia has replaced intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the kingdom's pointman on the Syrian conflict, "at his own request", according to the official news agency.

Free Speech Or Bribery?

Campaign financeLegalizing Bribery

On Wednesday 2 April 2014 the U.S. Supreme court took another step toward the destruction of campaign finance reform with a five to four decision known as McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission. One gets the feeling that this is part of a general campaign, waged by class-biased, ideologically committed conservatives, against government regulation, which they see as somehow a violation of their constitutional rights. As if to suggest that this is so, the Court majority rationalized their decision in the name of “free speech.”

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After Turkey’s March 30th Local Elections

Turkey’s Local ElectionsNever in the history of the Turkish republic have municipal elections of the mayors of cities and towns meant so much to the political life of the country as those held on March 30. It is not a sudden turn to localism around the country or in the big cities, although the commercializing of the urban landscape in large Turkish cities, especially Istanbul, is a matter of serious concern to an influential and discontented segment of the citizenry.

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Uganda: Doing Israel's dirty work

by Belen Fernandez

While contemplating potential locations for a Jewish homeland over a century ago, Theodor Herzl - the father of modern political Zionism - proposed Uganda as a temporary refuge for persecuted Jews.

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In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace process”. They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the same time announced the enlargement...

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The danger of peace has receded

by Adam Keller

It seems that that is it. The most expected is what really happened. The very many sceptics were right again. The incorrigible optimists had cultivated some hope in vain. On yesterday's evening news an unidentified senior member of the Likud Party was quoted as saying: "The danger of peace has receded."

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Filthy Mayhem in India

Cars, Lorries and Weddings

Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate and circulate expensive arranged and prolonged weddings;...

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Global Cultural Protections

Will a Syrian victory at a posh London auction house accelerate Global Cultural Protections?

Over the past three years not many victories in Syria have been witnessed by this observer. Indeed some developments have even brought to mind Plutarch’s description of the Greek King Read More...

Understanding Marx

Review of Crisis and Change Today, by Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector

Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man's prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex; so many readers can't discern his full meaning.

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Ukraine, Venezuela, and Chile

In 1970, Salvador Allende, a self-avowed socialist-communist, was elected president in a three-way race in Chile. His election caused U.S. President Richard Nixon and the entire U.S. national-security state to go ballistic. Based on Allende’s record, they knew that he would never play a submissive and compliant role within the U.S. Empire.

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Patronizing Paychecks

In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get it, they have never gotten it and aren’t really comfortable around people who do get it. One suspects, secretly, they don’t want...

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US Anti-Iranian Arrogance

Iranian President Hassan Rohani appointed Hamid Aboutalebi as permanent Tehran UN ambassador. It's effective July 25, 2014.

Last week, Congress unanimously voted to deny him visa permission to enter America. Effectively he was declared persona non grata.

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Shale revolution a failure

Replacing Russian Gas Deliveries with US Shale Gas? Washington Lies to the EU

The White House and State Department have engaged in brazen lying to EU governments regarding the ability of the US to supply more than enough natural gas to replace Russian gas deliveries. Recent statements by US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are so patently false that...

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Netanyahu's War on Palestine

Benjamin Netanyahu is a world class thug. He represents the worst of rogue state leadership. He exceeds Sharonian evil. Why Israelis put up with him they'll have to explain.

He's militantly racist. He deplores peace. He thrives on violence and instability. He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes.

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US Federal Judges Owe America an Apology

Chilean judges have issued a formal apology for their deference to Chile’s national-security state apparatus under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The apology comes some 40 years after Chile’s federal judiciary failed to protect the fundamental rights and liberties of the citizenry during...

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Cairo rocked by bomb blasts

Two bomb blasts have wounded at least five people in the Egyptian capital.

Two police officers and a civilian were wounded in an attack on Tuesday...

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Constitution Party will hold press conference

The liberal Constitution Party will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce its stance regarding Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, state-run...

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Ghali arrested in France

Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was arrested in France this week on an international warrant over corruption charges from his time...

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France pushes for ICC probe into detainee torture

France has said it will table a proposal  before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes...

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Civil war warnings

Russia's president, Vladimir Putin has warned the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, that Ukraine is lurching towards a state of war. The leaders were discussing...

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