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Sombre Eid al-Fitr for Qatar as Gulf blockade continues Qatari citizens express sadness as the regional diplomatic crisis casts a shadow over Islam's most important holiday.
Iran: Hassan Rouhani condemns 'siege of Qatar' In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, president also says Iran's air space, ground and sea will be open to Doha.
Forest fire in southern Spain hits Donana National Park The flames enter Donana National Park, an important tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Al-Wasat: Newspaper shut down by Bahrain fires staff Daily sends note to employees saying it had to let them go after Bahrain's rulers ordered it closed earlier this month.

Our Hidden Cultural Corrupters

Cultural ViolenceThere is a lot of violence in the United States, and if you look at the news it appears that things are getting worse. The nation is armed to the teeth, which means that any out-of-control angry person can vent in lethal fashion. Or, maybe they can choose to vent in the European style by using their car as a battering ram.

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Jeremy Corbyn Tries the Truth

pollCorbyn’s speech is unusual because political leaders rarely point out that policies supported by major special interest groups (such as the Zionists, Saudis and the arms industry) are really catastrophic errors. More rarely still do they say so in public. In the case of terrorist attacks, almost every Western leader has blamed “radical Islam” (leaving out, of course, any reference to Saudi Wahhabism).

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Analysis

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Saudi-UAE demands challenge fundamentals of international relations

The demand that if accepted by Qatar would turn the Gulf state into a Saudi vassal, were unlikely to facilitate a quick resolution of the three-week-old Gulf crisis.

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Changes to Canada’s Economic Immigration Policy under the New Liberal Government

The Conservatives took the tough decision to return most of the applications and eliminate the back log.

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The Gulf Crisis: Southeast Asia has seen it all before

Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf.

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The New Wave

When I was young, there was a joke: "There is no one like you – and that's a good thing!" The joke applies now to Donald Trump. He is unique. That's good, indeed.

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Wrong Lessons from the Congressional Shootings

I’ll start off by saying that no one should commit violence except as a last resort in immediate defense of self or other innocent life.

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Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

In the tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "unification" of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that "even peace-activist Uri Avnery" voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.

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Politics

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Tyranny at Home to Fight Tyranny Abroad

President Trump has reminded us of how the U.S. government destroyed the liberty of the American people in the name of fighting tyranny abroad. Exercising the same dictatorial method that his predecessors have employed — executive decrees — he has made it illegal again for most Americans to travel to Cuba and spend money there.

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The Four-Letter Word

When a Briton or American speaks about a "four-letter word", he means a vulgar sexual term, a word not to be mentioned in polite society. In Israel we also have such a word, a word of four letters. A word not to mention.

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In case you’re wondering, the Middle East problem will soon be solved

President Trump’s son-in law and advisor spent the entire day on Wednesday in the Middle East as part of the process by which the Trump administration plans to bring peace to the region.  The Trump administration allowed that such peace “will take some time.”

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On the good foot

Need to stop and thank all the nice folk who’ve been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this column with some constructive criticism, and oh, by the way, moron is spelled with two Os, idiot doesn’t have an E and using all caps is frankly, rather rude.

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Killing Muslims Will Land You in Jail

Ever since the “war on terrorism” morphed into the “war on Islam” or “the war on Muslims” or “the war on radical Muslims,” I have warned people who subscribe to this notion: Do not go out and start killing Muslims in this so-called war because U.S. authorities at the state level will charge you with murder.

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CPEC boost Pakistan economy

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will pass through the beautiful Gilgit-Baltistan province in the north which will connect Kashgar in China’s western province Xinjiang to rest of the world through Chinese-operated Gwadar port in the country's south.

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