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Catalan leader accuses Spain of 'totalitarian' actions President Carles Puigdemont denounces detentions of high-ranking regional officials in the run-up to independence vote.
SDF: Battle for ISIL-held Raqqa city in 'final stages' ISIL fighters are now confined in Raqqa city centre, the SDF alliance says as it announces the opening of a new front.
Erdogan warns of sanctions over Kurds' independence bid Turkish leader says Ankara is mulling sanctions if Iraq's Kurdistan region proceeds with September 25 referendum.
Cameroon using 'anti-terror' law to silence media: CPJ Committee to Protect Journalists say government uses anti-terror law to silence and intimidate the media in Cameroon.

Adopting Change Implies Adapting to Change… or Else!

mariaAs we have it in today’s world, faith and reason are forced to cohabitate, procreating in their union sets of hetero-twins appropriately named Ignorance and Wisdom. Scientific consensus no matter if derived from rigorous objectivity can conveniently be cast aside, if and when it suits the needs of those who hold the reins of power.

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Donald Trump’s Evolving Mass Movement

trump-seeksIn the Sunday, September 10, issue of the New York Times (NYT) there are two editorials that have to do with Donald Trump and his supporters. One is entitled “The Trump Fever Never Breaks” and the other is “President Trump’s War on Science.” As we will see, the two pieces actually address different aspects of a single evolving phenomenon. However, we will examine each in turn and tie them together as we go. 

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Despair of Despair

My optimism about the future of Israel irritates a lot of people. How can I be an optimist in view of what's happening here every day? The practical annexation of occupied territories? The mistreatment of the Arabs? The implantation of poisonous settlements?

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The American Führerprinzip

Why is the president of the United States expected to rush to a weather disaster zone to reassure the victims? Why do distressed people want to be comforted by the president, any president?

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Remembering Ebrahim Yazdi

For all those dedicated to the attainment of real democracy, the name and life of Ebrahim Yazdi is a precious legacy worth reflecting upon because it has so much to teach us today.

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Book Review: Max S. Powers' America's Nuclear Wastelands (2008)

Two weeks ago on a conference call between half a dozen long-time activists working for safer storage of the vast pile of nuclear waste at San Onofre (3.5 million pounds, approximately, of spent reactor fuel) Mike Aguirre, the lawyer who had just settled a nothingburger with Southern California Edison that took his law firm out of the running to help local residents fight against...

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Israel's Justice Minister Shaked Speaks the Truth

There, said it! Zionism contradicts not only human rights but also universal justice. Zionism is above all. No less than the Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked said this at a conference organized by the Israeli Bar Association in Tel Aviv. [1] Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy call her "Israel's Minister of Truth." [2] Right-wing Zionist ideology negates human rights.

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Crusaders and Zionists

A few days ago I found myself in Caesarea, sitting in a restaurant and looking out over the sea. The sunbeams were dancing on the little waves, the mysterious ruins of the ancient town arrayed behind me. It was hot, but not too hot, and I was thinking about the crusaders.

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The Supreme Court Failed Us on Vietnam

With last night’s beginning of Ken Burns’ new documentary about the Vietnam War, the war will be brought back to the front burner for national discussion and debate.

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The growing affinity between Netanyahu’s Israel and the West’s far-right

Last week, these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as “awesome” and “a total bro” for posting a grossly anti-Semitic image on social media.

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How they spent their summer vacation

And so we bid a hearty “Welcome Back” to our elected representatives as they reluctantly trudge back to Washington following their annual summer recess and the fact that it sounds like a holdover from elementary school is no accident.

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Tackling the elephant in the room

The awarding of the FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar was all about politics, says James M. Dorsey in this comment about sports autonomy or the lack hereof.

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Interventionism Produced the 9/11 Attacks

One thing is certain about the U.S. mainstream media’s memorialization of the 9/11 attacks. They are not about to mention, much less emphasize, that the attacks were among the rotten fruits of U.S. interventionism, the foreign-policy philosophy that continues to hold the United States in its grip.

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Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier ripples far beyond the pitch

A nail-biting Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier has sent political ripples far beyond the Azadi Stadium’s soccer pitch in Tehran.

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