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Is This Any Way to Run a Republic?

RepublicThe assassination by drone of American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen raises questions that should disturb anyone who holds the rule of law as essential to protecting individual rights and limiting the arbitrary power of government. The Obama administration alleges that al-Awlaki committed a variety of bad acts, but the key word is “alleges.” We are taught that no one may be jailed, much less executed, on the basis of mere allegations. This goes back at least as far as the Magna Carta in 1215 and is echoed in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

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Pakistan’s Nuanced Duplicity

americaAfter unsuccessfully cajoling for more than a year Pakistan’s military and civilian leaders to attack the Haqqanis (a fierce subgroup of the Pashtun Taliban), an aggravated Admiral Mike Mullen, days before retiring, accused the Pakistani Inter-service Intelligence (ISI) of sponsoring terrorism against the U.S. Armed Forces. The accusation struck a chord with American exceptionalists who cannot bear the writing on the wall that the U.S., much like prior invaders, has been defeated in Afghanistan.

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Libyans Resist NATO's Killing Machine

nato-opaneFor over six and a half months, Libyans tied down the world's mightiest military force despite overwhelming odds against them and enormous loss of life and human suffering.

Established in 1949, NATO was never a "military alliance for peace and security." It was for offense, not defense. Cold War hysteria was contrived to incite fear and assure an arms race for corporate dominance and enrichment.

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Aid blackmail in Palestine

Palestinians have tried many routes to ending Israel's occupationby Rachel Shabi

Once again, Palestinians are being punished for daring to exercise a choice.

It happened before in 2006, when they took part in what was deemed to be the wrong kind of democracy and picked the wrong (Hamas) government. That mistaken execution of free will caused the international community to close its funding tap - cutting Palestinian aid and salaries.

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A Palestinian Statehood, yes - but, by what means?


Mahmoud Abbas at UNThis year's U.N. general assembly meetings was dominated by the Palestinian attempt to gain recognition of statehood from the international body. In late September, the acting Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas submitted a formal application to the U.N. Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian statehood, ignoring the threat of countermeasure invented by United States to veto the Palestinian endeavor if a submission is to be proposed to the United Nations.

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