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Crushing Vladimir Putin

Vladimir PutinBy Dan Lieberman

There must be more than coincidence to the observation that the American media's appraisal of a world leader often reflects the State Department's attitude towards the same leader. Just search history; leaders who failed their people but accepted United States foreign policies received only mild criticisms, while leaders who contended U.S. foreign policies, regardless of relations with their populations, received scathing reviews from popular news sources.

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Israel's Repressive Permit System

Permit SystemUnder South African apartheid, pass laws segregated blacks from whites, restricted their movements, required pass books be carried at all times, and be produced on demand or face arrest and prosecution.

Evolving from the 18th and 19th century until their 1986 repeal, they restricted entry to cities, forcibly relocated blacks, denied them most public amenities, many forms of employment, and became apartheid's most hated symbol.

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Spoiling for a Fight with Syria and Iran

assad-ahamadi-nassSyria remains the region's only independent secular state. Washington aims to replace its regime with a client one.

Libya's model was replicated. Months of externally generated violence followed. So far it's short of war. For how long is uncertain. Obama can't wait to wage another one to keep ravaging the world one country at a time.

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American Presidents: Romancing a Stone

Netanyahu, left, Obama An American past in an Israeli future for an ever present and brutal occupation
by Clive Hambidge

Happy Christmas Mr President or may I call you Barack this Yule Tide? As you know “Christmas is the day that holds all time together” (Alexander Smith) certainly as you rustle through your Christmas stocking and wrestle with your conscience perhaps to find as you dig deep in both and  past ‘hegemonic imperatives’ an  olive twig or a so-called ‘peace process’?

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EU Protests Israeli Occupation Policies

settlementsOn December 23, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "EU voices protest over Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, West Bank," saying:

"A day after four European Union members of the UN Security Council strongly criticized Israel's decision to speed up construction of settlements."

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