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Like It or Not, Present Is Always Rooted in Past

George Santayana

Monday, August 25, 2014, we found ourselves waking up in an America which is neither in peace with much of the world and, most definitely, far from being in peace with itself. A predicament that philosopher George Santayana warned us about a century ago in a much-quoted, but seldom-heeded warning: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And condemned we are in America… for being blind, deaf and mute in acknowledging our past!

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Collective Responsibility

International Crimes Tribunal

The Notion of Prosecuting of Organizations Under International Law
by Toby Cadman and Lennart Poulsen

The Government of Bangladesh has consistently stated that the legal framework of the International Crimes Tribunal, a national institution established in March 2010 to deal with atrocities committed during the 1971 War of Liberation, meets the highest international standards and is founded on the 'Nuremberg Principles'.

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The Evil of U.S. Aggression against Iraq


What better confirmation of the manifest failure of the philosophy of foreign interventionism than the renewed U.S. bombing of Iraq?

Just think: All those hundreds of thousands of dead, maimed, detained, and tortured Iraqis, along with those who lost their homes, businesses, and savings. They were all bombed and shot by U.S. troops for nothing. All those Iraqis suffered and died for nothing.

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Influence of Religious Doctors and Scientists


Pakistan, India and Elsewhere

Religious teachers, preachers and believers in old religious myths exist not only in the Muslim world but elsewhere too as in America. After the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the ‘End of History ‘as propounded in USA, it ’legitimized’ the so called victory of not only Neo-liberalism, but also the influence of Religion and beliefs in obscurantism over scientific socialism and rationality .Its effects can be seen in America’s destructive foreign policy.

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Three Questions for Hamas


There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, “Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S. Miss Many Chances to Avoid War, Aug. 13, 2014] that Hamas pursued multiple initiatives starting in 2006 designed to achieve calm and quiet in its relations with Israel, and that these initiatives, including back channel reassurance about peaceful intentions, were rebuffed without even being acknowledged by either Israel or the United States.

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