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The September entitlement: Behind the headlines

Palestinian UN membership bidBy Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

As it looks now, the Palestinian Authority (PA) seems fairly determined to formally ask the United Nations to recognize "Palestine" within the borders of the 4th of June, 1967, as a member-state of the international organization.

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Comparing Obama and Bush on Civil Liberties and War

Obama and Bushby Ivan Eland

Documents found in the files of Muammar Gadhafi’s intelligence services in Libya, which indicated that the now overthrown dictator cooperated closely with U.S. rendition of terrorist suspects to his torture chambers, should prompt questions about how much President Barack Obama has improved civil liberties from the bad old days of George W. Bush. Answer: not much.

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Life and Times of Arafat: Mission Incomplete

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat, also known as Abu Ammar, who died on November 11, 2004, seven years ago, 'in exile' in a Paris hospital, away from his Israeli battered Ramallah residence in Palestine, would always be remembered for creating the Palestine nation and its identity against insurmountable odds. But his mission to achieve an independent and a sovereign state remained incomplete. A fact not much highlighted even in these days of growing catastrophic religious divide between Judaism and Christianity on side and Islam on the other, lies in his keeping the Palestinian liberation movement secular in spite of many pressures. He was very popular in India and was always a welcome visitor.

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The imperial delusions of the United States

Quick military 'victories' in Afghanistan and Iraq soon proved to be illusoryTen years ago, critics of the United States' mad rush to war were right, but it didn't matter.

Within hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was clear that political leaders were going to use the attacks to justify war in Central Asia and the Middle East. And within hours, those of us critical of that policy began to offer principled and practical arguments against aggressive war as a response to the crimes.

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Chapter VII: a loophole for imperialists?

NATOIn Western circles, the outcome of the NATO intervention in Libya has already been pronounced "a victory" from several points of view: as a military success that achieved its main goals at acceptable costs, as a moral success in averting a humanitarian catastrophe, and as a political success that created an opportunity for freedom and constitutionalism on behalf of a long oppressed people.

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