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Romney pledges loyalty to Israel

romney-netanyahuby Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem

In a classic example of the tail wagging the dog, US Republican presidential runner Mitt Romney heaped praise on Israel and Zionism this week in the hope of tilting Jewish voters to his camp in the November US elections.

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The Greatest Show on Earth

OlympicsTo sum up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in one word: kitsch.

To sum up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in two words: wonderful kitsch.

HONEST DISCLOSURE: I am an Anglophile.

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Romney's crucial VP pick

Mitt Romney by Alan Fisher

Mitt Romney will be pleased to be back on American soil after a foreign jaunt which probably couldn't have gone much worse.

He annoyed the British with criticisms of the Olympics, upset the Palestinians by claiming Israel's economic superiority was a cultural thing and then a close aide urged reporters to show more respect at a Polish War memorial by swearing at them.

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The Drug War Finds New Ways to Fail

Drug Warby Ivan Eland

The federal government’s effort to battle drug abuse has been a tragic and expensive failure. But of course, admitting that would make politicians, who regularly endorse it to sound tough, seem foolish and careless with taxpayer dollars. So the War on Drugs continues, while of necessity it slowly morphs into new forms of federal waste and unnecessary intrusion into people’s lives.

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Deranged Angels of Self-Preservation

gunsSecond Amendment fetishism and the empty grandiosity of Hollywood’s comic book boilerplate
by Phil Rockstroh

In the contest between Stupid and Evil, Stupid reaps far more destruction. Why? Stupid prevails by the sheer force of numbers in its ranks. 

But the argument is moot: Because all too often Stupid is working for Evil…believing it is serving as a force for good…and, I might add, for degrading wages as well.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli settlements


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