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Lebanon’s Oppressed: Domestic workers, Women, Palestinians

Lebanon’s OppressedAre They Forming an Alliance?

University students surveyed last month in Lebanon on the subject of how to improve their society and move it in the direction of meeting international human and civil rights norms identified three groups most in urgent need of immediate Lebanese governmental action.

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All the pain in Spain

"Your debt - we won't pay it." The mood during the March 29 Spanish general strikby Pepe Escobar

Make no mistake; the future of the euro is being played in Spain. The euro may win - but at a price; millions of Spaniards as "collateral damage".

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Foxman & Friends

The Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman ADL Head Lambastes NYC High School Trip to Israel/Palestine for Insufficient Hasbara

The Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman is annoyed that a group of seventeen high school students and six faculty members from New York City's prestigious Friends Seminary recently visited Israel and Palestine (which he terms the "West Bank region"), but didn't spend nearly enough time being force-fed ADL-approved hasbara.

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Little Ado about Zardari’s Delhi Stopover

zardari-singhSunni Punjabi Elite indifferent to Sindhi President by Default

“We have a number of issues and we are willing to find tactical, pragmatic solutions to [them].” -Prime minister Manmohan Singh after the stopover.

"The Afghanistan-Pakistan entanglement is an issue so vexed and complicated that it would have tested the wisdom of the greatest leaders and strategists of the past. It is not totally fanciful to imagine Augustus, William Pitt the Elder, Bismarck or George Marshall pondering over a map which detailed the lands that stretch from the Bekaa Valley to the Khyber Pass. None of them would have liked what they saw. Look at the distances, the awful topography, and the willingness of the other side to accept appalling casualty rates.“ -Prof Paul Kennedy on southwest and west Asia.

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Nuclear weapons as instruments of peace?

The war addiction is significantly "a consequence of blinkering of policy choice by a militarised bureaucracy"A few days ago I was a participant in a well-attended academic panel on "the decline of violence and warfare" at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association held this year in San Diego, California. The two-part panel featured appraisal of the common argument of two prominent recent publications: Steven Pinker's bestselling The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined and Joshua Goldstein's well-researched and provocative Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide.

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