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The New and Improved Ugly American

Donald TrumpAfter a two-month hiatus – a self-imposed exile in an exclusive political exchange with some of my closest transoceanic peers – I feel invigorated to resume the quest which I had taken up in 2003 with my Behind the Mirror columns: a then rebuke to a reckless, and brainless, foreign policy adopted by George W. Bush under Cheney’s tutelage.

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A Culture War Against Tolerance

Culture WarIn case you haven’t noticed, the United States is a country deeply divided on a large number of basic issues: racial issues, gender issues, issues of sexual preference, the role of government in society, the role of religious views in shaping laws, and so on. Influential Institutions, such as media outlets, are being labeled as “left” or “right” depending on how they report or relate on these issues.

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US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

Critics of the Iran agreement argue that it has enabled Iran since the accord was inked in 2015 to increase its capacity to strike Gulf states with ballistic missiles and support proxies, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Shia militias in Iraq, and rebels in Yemen.

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Soros' Sorrows

George Soros, the American multi-billionaire, is causing Benjamin Netanyahu a lot of trouble.

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Ilan Pappe, Ten Myths About Israel

Particularly, in the US and some European States, the Israeli and Zionist versions of history are wide-spread. Israel's narrative relies on a collection of myths aimed at bringing the moral right and the ethical behavior of the Palestinians into twilight and making their claim to their country appear as illegitimate. Israel's negation of Palestinian existence in the Land of Palestine...

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The Gulf crisis: A battle of megalomaniacs

Gulf crisis is an epic battle between small states rather than simply one small state being targeted by its larger regional detractors.

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The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The Ancient Greeks knew: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." No less a figure than the late Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CIA made use of this saying by recruiting the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush.

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The Gulf crisis: A coming out of small states

Rivalry between the UAE and Saudi Arabia that has weakened the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and aggravated suffering in war-wracked Yemen.

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Politics

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Useful idiots who undermine dissent on Syria

Hersh had to publish his piece in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, after the entire US and UK media rejected his article.

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Trump’s Dictatorial Travel Ban to North Korea

Last Friday, President Trump issued a decree-law that prohibits Americans from traveling to North Korea. His justification for infringing on one of the most fundamental rights of man — freedom of travel — is two-fold: to watch over and take care of Americans by refusing to permit them to travel to a brutal communist regime that might do bad things to them and to punish North...

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Science, Magic and Truth

Science and magic cannot be put in the same category as both being 'means to approach reality'.

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On Property and Aggression

Some critics on the left enjoy faulting libertarians for believing that property is a bulwark against aggression. To the libertarian argument that violations of property — including trespasses on land — constitute aggression, these critics respond that property ownership itself is aggression because it limits the freedom of others.

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Fake Sons

And now, a few choice words about Donald Trump… Junior. Seems as if the eldest son of the Trump Crime Family is not the brilliant hotheaded tactician that Santino was in the Corleone Crime Family but more in the mold of Fredo. The Trump most likely to make people offers they can’t understand.

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Turkey, China, Pakistan & OBOR

The friendship between Turkey and Pakistan may have just given birth to a superpower circle involving Ankara, Islamabad, Russia and China.

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