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Global Economic Crisis Deepens

anti-austerityGlobal Depression grips world economies. Destructive polices fueled today's crisis. Conditions are fast coming to a head.

Throwing good money after bad delays decision day at the price of far greater trouble on arrival. D-Day will shake world economies. It may, in fact, be months away, perhaps in 2012.

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Plumbing the Depths of Deception

Rick PerryNancy Scola Ignores the H2Occupation of Palestine

On October 18, The Atlantic published a lengthy article by Nancy Scola exploring the possible rationale for Texas Governor and terrible GOP Presidential nominee Rick Perry's deep and abiding affinity for Israel. Scola, after citing potential reasons such as "the religious affinities of a conservative Christian" and "a shared fighting spirit" (in addition to "oil", which is odd considering there's no oil in Palestine) for Perry's affection and admiration, suggests a different explanation:

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Trajectory of Middle East Conflict

settlementBy Dan Lieberman

Israelis and Palestinians placed themselves in no-win situations, proceeded to lose-lose situations, and remain in an intense conflict. Institutions and agencies who gather data and predict trends must know that the conflict's monotonic trajectory of violence forecasts disaster and its citizens will suffer greatly from the fallout in which Israelis and Palestinians have trapped one another. Yet, policies don't seem to consider the ominous signs - just the opposite - the rhetoric pardons, the direction plods, and illegal actions draw only mild rebuke.

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Libya after Gaddafi: A dangerous precedent?

gaddafiThe fall and death of the despised and despotic leader who had ruled for 42 years naturally produced celebrations throughout Libya, especially in the main cities. Although his end was bloody and vindictive, warning that a violent aftermath could further spoil the outcome of the struggle, we should remember that Gaddafi’s early rants against his own people invited a harsh popular response if their turn came.

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Everybody’s Son

Gilad ShalitThe most sensible – I almost wrote “the only sensible” – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy.

After the prisoner swap, one of those smart-aleck TV reporters asked him: “Why did we release 1027 Arabs for one Israeli soldier?” He expected, of course, the usual answer: because one Israeli is worth a thousand Arabs.

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