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Ethiopia: Exiled Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa returns home Marathoner who sought exile after making protest gesture at 2016 Olympic Games returns amid political reforms at home.
5 things to know about threatened US-Russia nuclear weapons deal Trump wants to withdraw from the INF treaty that was signed over three decades ago by the US and Soviet leaders.
Erdogan: Turkey will reveal 'naked truth' over Khashoggi killing Turkish president says he will make all necessary statements about killing of Saudi journalist on Tuesday.
Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates US president says questions remain unanswered over Jamal Khashoggi's death as EU leaders call Saudi account incomplete.

Israel’s ‘Psychological Obstacles to Peace’

megaphoneThere is a difference between understanding and excusing. I might understand the arguments of Donald Trump and John Bolton, but by virtue of that very understanding I find their arguments inexcusable. The same goes for the arguments of the Israeli leadership and their diaspora allies. I hear their words and find that they can never excuse their actions.



Enemy of Our Future

trump-iranIf you look up the meaning of the term “reactionary,” you will probably get something like the following: “A reactionary is a person who holds political views that favor a return to the status quo ante, the previous political state of society, which they believe possessed characteristics that are … absent from the contemporary status quo of a society.”




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Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammad bin Salman

I find it fascinating that President Trump is comparing the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh to the controversy swirling around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

MBS: Riding roughshod or playing a risky game of poker?

The official was referring to the kingdom’s insistence that it was not responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and assertion that it is confronting a conspiracy by Qatar and/or Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Trump’s Middle East Delusions Persist

Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s No. 2 special envoy to the Middle East behind son-in-law Jared Kushner, assures us that his boss’s plan to settle the Palestine-Israel “conflict” once and for all is still in the works and is going to be great....

Anarchism and Kavanaugh

Regarding Brett Kavanaugh, I’ve been wondering how I can blame the state for what we’ve endured these past weeks. I can safely say that without the state, we would have been spared the Kavanaugh episode.

Richard Hardigan, The Other Side of the Wall

An Eyewitness Account of the Occupation of Palestine, Cune Press, Seattle 2018, 185 pp, $ 19.95.

The Issues in Kavanaugh Are Assault and Perjury, Not Booze and Carousing

Liz Swisher gets it. And she’s not a lawyer. She is a prominent physician in Seattle. She is also a University of Washington professor and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is a graduate of Yale. She is also a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.



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The Midterm Intervention

It’s such a hoary old chestnut; the phrase should be roasting on an open fire right about now. “This will be the most important election of our lifetime.” We hear it every even- numbered November from every politician in every competitive race. The difference being- this time they may be right. This isn’t just an election. It’s an intervention.

The Bobsled Run

Brett Kavanaugh’s pathway to the Supreme Court has been more circuitous than a drunken snake’s slide down a bobsled run.

Harassing the Harassee

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process has stumbled forward like a ten year old pushing a marble pedestal twice his size up a four- story stairwell. You could say that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations concerning Kavanaugh have sort of gummed up the proceedings. You could also say that blue meat best not be eaten raw.

Brett Kavanaugh: A Black Mark on the Supreme Court?

Like many others, I watched the congressional hearing yesterday involving President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a judge on the D.C. federal court of appeals.

Islamists and their versions of Islam

Islamists misuse of Islam is a dangerous phenomenon for democracy and common social and political values of the present age.

The GOP Hokey Pokey

Be very careful, because it’s getting crazy out there. You don’t want to end up collateral damage accidentally straying into the path of the newest dance craze sweeping the Republican Party. Closely related to the St. Vitus Dance, it is characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerky movements and commonly referred to as the Donald Trump Two- Step.



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