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Egyptian Military Power Grab

flagLast February, euphoric celebrations followed Mubarak's ouster. Across the Middle East and North Africa, people rejoiced.

"What happened in Egypt is not only for the Egyptian people, it is for all Arabs. The whole Arab world is going to change." Activist Saed Karazon told AFP.

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Qumsiyeh's Popular Resistance

Popular Resistance in PalestineMazin B. Qumsiyeh, Popular Resistance in Palestine. A History of Hope and Empowerment, Pluto, London-New York 2011, 290 pp. L 16.

Palestinian resistance against an Israeli “belligerent occupation” is mostly viewed as terrorism and rocket attacks. The brutal violence that was inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation force is mostly ignored by the West. The most what the Western politicians are doing, is recommending the Palestinian to abstain from using violence, ignoring Israel`s forty-five-year-old occupation and colonization of another people. For them, popular resistance seems immoral or unnecessary.

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Economist Mahima Khanna wins Cambridge Prize

Economist Mahima KhannaIndian economic success but dire poverty

Brilliant economics MPhil student Mahima Khanna from Kolkata, Bengal, has been awarded the prestigious Stevenson Prize by the University of Cambridge for her outstanding economics research work. She has become the third Indian to receive this award after eminent economists Professors Amartya Sen and Sir Patha Dasgupta. However India’s economic success must reach all Indians.  It must be noted that 1998 Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen is also from Bengal and is a former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Sir Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK, and is from Kolkata, Bengal.

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Iranian nuclear programme not about Israel

Ehud Barak recently implied that an Iranian bid for nuclear weapons is geopolitical, and not just about Israelby MJ Rosenberg

The classic definition of a campaign gaffe is when a politician inadvertently speaks a truth that will hurt him politically. The first George Bush committed a gaffe when he said that the idea that cutting taxes would increase government revenue was "voodoo economics". Similarly, it was a gaffe when Barack Obama said that insecure right-wingers "cling" to religion and guns. In other words, a gaffe is a politically inconvenient truth.

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Weimar Revisited

boycoting“You and your Weimar!” a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, ”just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner.”

The accusation was not unjustified. In 1960, during the Eichmann trial, I wrote a book about the fall of the German Republic. Its last chapter was called: “It can happen here” Since then I have come back to this warning time and again.

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