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Western Media and Putin's Paranoia


Paul Goble’s analysis and apparent support for Andrey Piontkovsky’s contention after  Piontkovsky’s article at that Vladmir Putin is intent on confronting the US and NATO, in the belief that he can win, with the aims of achieving “the maximum extension of the Russian World, the destruction of NATO, and the discrediting and humiliation of the US as the guarantor of the security of the West” is flawed because it is based on a seriously closed-minded interpretation of the context of unfolding events, so myopic in fact, that it seems to ignore reality.

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Abbas Scuttles Fatah/Hamas Unity

Fatah/Hamas Unity

Last April, Fatah and Hamas agreed on establishing unity Palestinian governance. Hamas official Izzat Ar-Rishiq said issues separating both sides were resolved. Fatah confirmed the report. Both sides agreed to form a "government of independents." It would be "tasked with preparing for presidential and legislative elections within a year."

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How they spent their summer vacation


September is a grand month for traditions. Fresh pencils and tablets for the upcoming school year. The approach of fall as evidenced by the turning of the leaves. International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th. The official start to the NFL season with the filing of the first domestic abuse charge.

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Homeless in Gaza

Homeless in Gaza

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east (UNWRA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl called for ending Gaza's blockade. Otherwise, reconstruction will take over a decade, he said. Others estimate much longer. Shelter Cluster is an Inter-Agency Standing Committee involved in helping people affected by natural disasters or conflicts. Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years under Israeli-imposed restrictions, it said. Palestinian officials estimate a cost of at least $6 billion to do so.

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Compare North Korea’s Judicial System to Gitmo

Kenneth Bae

Yesterday, the New York Times reported on three Americans who are being held by North Korea against their will and who want to return home. The North Korean authorities refuse to let them leave the country. While one of the men, Kenneth Bae, was sentenced to 15 fears for the anti-state crime of proselytizing with the aim of toppling the government, the other two men, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, still don’t know the charges against them.

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