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Plan approved for 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank Building plan for occupied West Bank came two days after more than 500 settlement homes were approved in East Jerusalem.
Trump 'to clear' Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines Two controversial projects that were rejected by Obama will go ahead with Trump's approval, Bloomberg media reports.
May must get parliamentary approval to initiate Brexit Supreme Court rules the prime minister must seek approval from parliament before initiating negotiations to leave EU.
Gambia's Adama Barrow names Fatoumata Tambajang as VP New deputy leader had previously vowed to prosecute ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh for alleged crimes committed by his regime.

2017: Palestine’s Three Dark Commemorations

settlersIncreasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.



A Future For The Democratic Party?

Democratic PartyYou would think that learning from experience is a common thing to do. But, for the Democratic Party’s leadership this seems not to be the case. After the landslide victory of Trump’s version of the Republican Party in the 2016 national election, it is fair to say that the Democratic Party is in big trouble. As Senator Bernie Sanders has observed, the party needs to reform.




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Being There

Perhaps he is lying all the time. Perhaps he is lying about being a liar. Perhaps he is cheating about being a cheat. Perhaps he is just posing as an impostor. Perhaps he has misled us all about his misleading. Perhaps he is a very shrewd manipulator, who has led us all into believing that he is a megalomaniac simpleton.

Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

Annotated remarks at Terrorism in Africa seminar, Singapore 18 January 2017

Pavor Nocturnus during the Fortnight of Trump’s Inauguration

Entering 2017 in political America has been a true centennial celebration of Surrealism, American style… at least in ideology and politics, if not in art. We may not quite have the quality-legacy of surrealism provided by Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx or Pablo Picasso to Europeans a century ago, but we are poised to receive an overdose of new political reality shortly after Donald...

A Critical Retrospective on Obama’s Rhetoric of New Beginnings

Obama’s impressive oratorical skills rocketed him onto the national stage of US politics in 2004 when he delivered a speech of stunning eloquence at the Democratic Party national convention.

Confessions of a Megalomaniac

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them.  Saves a lot of trouble.

Seeing the Obvious

Americans need no reminding, nor does the world; there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is nothing exceptional about this piece of knowledge, it was obvious to me and some 30 million others back in February 2003.



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Trump’s presidency bolsters autocrats as Egypt designates soccer icon a terrorist

Al Sisi’s intent to maintain his brutal crackdown on dissidents was likely bolstered by a perceived change of attitude of the United States with the rise of President Donald J. Trump, who is expected to prioritize counter-terrorism over respect for human rights.

Scapegoating foreign aid

British foreign aid is not to blame for poverty and failed social services in the UK.

The La La Land of Conservatives

One of the fascinating characteristics of conservatives is how they are able to live in an alternative universe within their own minds, one that can easily be called la-la land.

Violence: the language of a Jewish state

The man on the ground is Ayman Odeh, a member of the Israeli parliament, the head of the Joint List, the third largest party in the parliament, and the highest-ranking Palestinian politician in Israel.

Is Trump going to be hoodwinked by Netanyahu such as Obama?

If President Trump doesn't watch out, he is going to be Netanyahu's chump, says Thomas L. Friedman from the New York Times. [1] Trump's statements about the abstention of the latest UNSC-vote by the US and his appointments for the ambassadorship to David Friedman or his son-in-law Kushner in the White House are causing serious fears. He seems ideologically so close to Netanyahu...

Trump Will Not Make America Great Again

With today’s inauguration, supporters of Donald Trump have high hopes that he is going to “make America great again,” which was his signature slogan during his presidential campaign.



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