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Samer Issawi, Hunger Strikes, and the Palestinian Struggle

Samer IssawiFor the last three years Palestinian prisoners, mainly unlawfully detained in Israeli jails, have been engaged in a series of life threatening hunger strikes to protest administrative detention imprisonment (that is,without indictment, charges, and access to allegedly incriminating evidence), abusive arrest procedures (including nighttime arrests involving brutality in the presence of family members, detention for prolonged interrogations violating international standards, e.g. 22 hours at a time, sleep deprivation), and deplorable prison conditions (including unlawful transfer to Israeli prisons, denial of family visits, solitary confinement for prolonged periods).

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Brussels-Moscow Proposes, Kiev Disposes

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [left]One could readily be swayed in the long labyrinth of economic and political interests which these days envelope Ukraine, as one’s geopolitical prejudices color our stance on whether this territorially largest nation in Europe should be holding hands with the EU or with the Russian Federation. At the end of the day, however, it’s not how people might feel here in the West that counts, but how the people who inhabit this region of Eurasia feel… not just about their present well-being, but their future as well.

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Let Saudi Arabia Go Alone!

Saudi ArabiaOn December 17, 2013, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Great Britain published an Op-Ed in the New York Times [1] accusing the West of not having confronted Syria and Iran head-on. An ambassador is traditionally the mouthpiece of his government. But the political rhetoric he used suggests that he also acted therein as megaphones of the Neocons or the US military, which are critical of Obama’s allegedly soft policy towards Syria and Iran.

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Israel: Legitimacy and Behavior

Israel Legitimacy Separating Legitimacy and Behavior

In the year 1762 the King of Prussia, Frederick II, launched an unprovoked attack on Austria with the aim of conquering the province of Silesia. One hundred and two years later, in 1864, Otto von Bismarck, then prime minister of Prussia, provoked a war with Denmark in order to seize the Danish provinces of Schleswig and Holstein.

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A Victory for Diplomacy

iran nuclearThe Diplomatic Deal with Iran

By now most readers know that the five permanent member nations of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom - plus Germany, (referred to as the P5+1) have reached a six-month interim diplomatic settlement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Within this six-month period the P5+1 powers and Iran will seek to conclude a permanent and comprehensive agreement. Readers may also know what Iran has to do according to the agreement, because most of the Western media have repeatedly listed those terms.

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