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Resisting Hell’s Maelstrom

Emergency AidOver the past twenty months, as the Syrian crisis continued beyond most early predictions, this observer learned something about the Syrian people that I had known for decades about Palestinians. And that is their great concern for their countrymen wherever they are found and whatever their current condition. When I am in Syria I am frequently asked “how are our people doing in Lebanon as refugees from this crisis?” 

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Goodbye to a War

Binyamin Netanyahu and his patron, Sheldon AdelsonBinyamin Netanyahu and his patron, Sheldon Adelson, betted on Mitt Romney, with the State of Israel as their chip.

They lost.

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Ready for your close-up, Mr Xi?

Xi Jinping by Pepe Escobar

Forget about ground game, demographics, getting turnout, micro-targeting of voters, possible voter suppression, minority voting.

And forget about myriad lines at countless polling stations; here we just need the Great Hall of the People, that Stalinist marvel next to Beijing's Tiananmen Square. 

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Obama’s Victory, Romney’s Defeat

Obama’s VictoryAround the world even more than in the United States there is an audible sigh of relief the day after Obama won a clear mandate for a second term as president. Deconstructed it mainly meant that many more were relieved that Romney lost, rather than excited that Obama won. Yet there were some, with whom I partly agree, whose gaze carries beyond the narrow victory in popular vote (as distinct from the decisive victory in the electoral college vote), to appreciate a positive fundamental change in American demographics.

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A Night of Hope

Sheldon Adelsonby Adam Keller

A few hours and many cups of coffee after a night which seemed like an eternity. The CNN non-stop on the screen and experts arguing  and maps with red and blue spots. Swing states and swing counties in the swing states. Instant lessons in the physical and human geography of Virginia and Florida and Ohio. Here the countryside always votes Republican and the big city there is a Democrat bastion and here live many Blacks and there the number of Hispanics increased in the past decade and in this location Bush won in 2004 but Obama did in 2008 and there might develop a big surprise.

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