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Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

Black SwanUnderstanding the Western response to the Arab Spring, a colorful designation of the democratizing movements of varying character that have rocked the foundations of the Arab world, is an ongoing process. These movements are also seen as posing possibly serious threats to the structure of economic and strategic interests associated with long standing American and European influence in the region.

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Demons in America

Tony KushnerIf there is a list of those who are making the greatest contribution to anti-Semitism in this country, the members of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York should top that list. The standard of purity in support of Israel-right-or-wrong, in this country that is used to bludgeon every politician literally from dogcatcher to the President of the United States, is intolerable.

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Imperial delusions and the killing of Bin Laden

Osama bin LadenNew Left Project interview with Robert Jensen

NLP's Alex Doherty talks with activist and professor of journalism Robert Jensen on the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the disturbing reaction in the United States.

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Israeli Fear-Mongering about Iran Faces a Barak-lash

Ehud BarakSometimes Ehud Barak has trouble staying on message. Last year in Herzliya, he warned of Israel becoming an apartheid state like South Africa, a usually verboten analogy among Zionist officials, unless a viable Palestinian state is created soon. "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic," Barak said. "If this bloc of millions of ­Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state." Whoops.

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New Israeli Discriminatory Laws

KnessetIn April, the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel discussed six new laws passed during the Knesset's 2011 winter term "that directly or indirectly target the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel."

Overall, they're treated like a fifth column, denied equal rights as Jews in a country just as much theirs. More so, in fact, as their forebears lived there for centuries or longer.

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