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Can We Also Investigate the US-Syria Torture Partnership?

Maher Ararby Jacob G. Hornberger

I don’t get U.S. officials. They’re so outraged over the brutality of the Syrian regime. They calling for an investigation into atrocities committed by Syrian forces against the Syrian people as part of the regime’s effort to suppress a rebellion against the regime. They are also demanding regime change in the country.

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UK QEII Diamond Jubilee

Queen ElizabethCelebrations hide 700 Million Commonwealth avoidable deaths

The British always put on great royal celebrations and now the UK  and the British Commonwealth are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne as Queen of Great Britain and various other countries and as Head of the British Commonwealth. However the enthusiastic celebrations for a much-admired and much-loved monarch hide the Awful Truth of the over 727 million avoidable deaths linked to British imperialism and neocolonialism over the last 60 years. Of course there is nothing new in this: the British have the carnage of 1,000 years of imperialism to hide and are very good at both war and hiding its awful consequences.

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Walker Wins, Wisconsinites Lose

Republican, Scott WalkerMorning headlines read more like obituaries than reason for anyone to celebrate. Despite pre-election polls suggesting either candidate could win, odds greatly favored Republican Scott Walker.

He outspent Democrat Tom Barrett around 25 - 1. Corporate backing made the difference. The Democrat National Committee (DNC) gave no financial or campaign support. Neither did Obama. Effectively they conceded. Final results didn't surprise.

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UN Alliance of Civilizations, Istanbul Partners Forum

UN Alliance of CivilizationsThe UN Alliance of Civilization (AOC) was initiated by Kofi Annan in 2005 while he was Secretary General of the UN with the joint sponsorship of Turkey and Spain, with its principal center of operations in Istanbul. It was formed under the dark skies that existed after the 9/11 attacks, and seeks to provide an alternative narrative to that of inter-civilizational war, that starkly negative scenario of Islam versus the West associated with the inflammatory views of Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington that continues to provide fuel for Islamophobia that burns ever more brightly in Europe and North America. It was several years since I had heard as many references to Huntington’s ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis as I did during the discussions and presentations at the Istanbul Forum, which was opened by speeches made by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, and Ban Ki Moon, the current UN Secretary General.

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Can Libya's NTC secure the country?

Militias still run their own prisons and man their own checkpoints across the country.by Omar al-Saleh

Libyan authorities lost control of Tripoli airport on Monday when militiamen from Tarhouna, angry about the possible arrest of their commander, occupied the runway. They finally regained control after an hours-long standoff. What does this mean for the Libyan government, and for the new Libya?

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