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US election defies conventional wisdom

obama romneyby Alan Fisher

Conventional wisdom is a dangerous thing. And if this US election has done anything – it is challenge the idea of how things are and should be.

The phrase was coined and popularised by the Canadian American economist John Kenneth Galbraith who defined it as "a body of ideas of explanations generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field". Yet what is not said is that many of these explanations, though widely held, are rarely examined.

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Remojoed

obama-romneyGot to relish the sidesplitting spectacle of millions of Democrats wiping their collective brows after watching the 2nd presidential debate through splayed fingers covering their eyes. MSNBC’s Chris Mathews was so euphorically relieved he nearly broke down and cried.

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Yishai and Deri and the Eritrean hunger strikers

Eritrean by Adam Keller

This week, hundreds of members of the exile Eritrean community Israel demonstrated outside the government compound in Tel Aviv. Asylum seekers, people who at great personal risk opposed the cruel tyrannical regime in their homeland and were forced into exile and came to us by a tortuous route, they now face a grim reality and very uncertain future.

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Damascus Street Notes

DamascusThe half hour drive from the Lebanese border at Maznaa to Damascus is always pleasant with the wide, well paved and maintained highway, cutting through rolling hills often with large herds of goats and sheep lazily watching the traffic below. As this observer watched some of the herds the other day when traveling to Damascus, I noticed that there appeared to be an unusually large number of shepherds above us tending their herds. On second look, the shepherds turned out to be soldiers peering down on the main highway from among and behind the vegetation nibbling animals.

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American-Style Fascism

Jill Stein and Cheri HonkalaOn October 16, Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) hosted the second Obama/Romney charade. Demagogic blather again took center stage. Ritualistic theater was featured. Grade F spectacle defines it.

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