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Donald Trump’s Reagan Moment

19Nov

Sometime before Inauguration Day, President-elect Trump will be briefed on the American plan for nuclear war, inclusive of the role he plays in ordering nuclear weapons release (i.e., the “nuclear codes”.)  John F. Kennedy was the first American president briefed on this plan, back in 1961.  Afterwards, a shaken Kennedy told his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, “And we call ourselves the human race.” President Nixon was similarly appalled. “No matter what we do,” he told his National Security Council, “they the Soviets lose their cities…what a decision.” Ninety million Soviets would die in an American nuclear strike, Nixon was told.  And ninety million Americans would die in a Soviet retaliation

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The United States was born 240 years ago with a shield that proclaimed, “Peace, Independence, Liberty.” It marked an inflection point in the human narrative. For thousands of years, mankind had exalted warriors and nations who turned children into orphans, wives into widows, and had fathers bury sons rather than sons bury fathers in chronic wars for the sake of power, riches and the adolescent thrill of domination. Our forefathers, in contrast, risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give birth to a nation whose glory was liberty and whose march was the march of the mind.

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Staying the Couse on National Security Policy

12Nov

Since last Tuesday, U.S. allies and adversaries along with the American people have been wondering what the election means for their future

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on tour by Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta in 2010.

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Female Radicalization: Media Analysis

07Nov

Why do young people, including girls and women, turn radical and what role does the Internet play in their radicalization? Lebanese sociologist Mona Fayyad said students of violence mechanisms should consider ties between the environment and violent behavior, including contextual hereditary and biological factors, systemic psychological elements from depression to character to personality to an individual’s learning capacity, to political, social, and cultural elements.

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With just six words, “We have not changed our conclusions,” FBI Director James Comes may have ensured a perilous victory for Hillary Clinton. The hotly contentious review of newly discovered State Department-related e-mails, this time unaccountably on the laptop of one of the ultimate security risks, repeatedly disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, ended as it began

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You saw in my title, ‘The Trump Election Crisis.’ It is named after the Cuban Missile Crisis, because an authoritarian fascist has been nominated by a major political party for the first time in our country’s history.

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By James M. Dorsey Faced with a drop in popularity, intermittent protests against rising prices, and calls for a mass anti-government demonstration, Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, is seeking to appease the country’s youth, soccer fans and activists with promises of change

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French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to convey the message that Britain should take its share of responsibility for minors  from the “Jungle” migrant camp of Calais . There was tension this week between the two countries over how to take care of young migrants after bulldozers flattened the camp that had been home to over 6,000 refugees and migrants hoping to cross the Channel to Britain. Hollande said 5,000 people had been evacuated from Calais and that there were 1,500 unaccompanied minors left, who would be transferred swiftly to other reception centers.

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The December 7, 2015 political agreement signed by the representatives of the General National Congress in Tripoli (Western Libya) and the House of Representatives in Tobruk (Eastern Libya), along with the cast of other ad hoc political figures and political party representatives, spearheaded by then-UN envoy Bernardino Leon , came to life with much ordeal and international praise. The reached accord, after years of negotiating back and forth, established a nine-member Presidential Council (PC) headed by a little known and colorless member of the House of Representatives, Mr.

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Hillary Clinton forcefully defended her support for a no-fly zone in Syria at the third presidential debate on Wednesday night. It was the first time she was pressed by a debate moderator about risks the controversial policy would pose. The moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, asked Clinton to explain how she would avoid getting into a larger war with either Russia or Syria. He noted that President Barack Obama has cited fears of escalation in rejecting the idea.

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The Emperor’s New Syria Policy

13Oct

It was an “emperor’s new clothes” moment. You know the story: “scoundrels” show up at court, pretending to be tailors. They promise to make an elegant robe that will be invisible to those unfit for their positions.

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ROME (Reuters) – About 4,655 migrants were saved on Tuesday and 28 bodies recovered in more than 30 rescue missions off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coast guard said on Wednesday. More than 10,000 refugees have been picked up in just two days, as people smugglers take advantage of calm weather to push boats to sea. Over the same period, at least 50 people have died trying to make the dangerous crossing

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Five American Foreign Policy Myths

01Sep

Five myths American foreign policy myths are generated in the corridors of power to elicit popular support and lavish congressional funding for the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex. MYTH 1.

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ROME (Reuters) – Some 3000 migrants were saved in the Strait of Sicily in 30 separate rescue missions on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, bringing the total to almost 10,000 in two days and marking a sharp acceleration in refugee arrivals in Italy. The migrants were packed on board dozens of boats, many of them rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas

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America’s newspaper of record has a checkered history of supporting dubious wars including the Iraq War following the WMD debacle and Libya War of 2011 which destabilized and devastated Africa’s wealthiest country. One would think The Times might have smartened up given the consequences of recent wars

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The American mood is difficult in a time rife with worrying about the future and concern about “the other”, amid resentment against the political establishment, fear of terror, and a sense of escapism regarding the definition and purpose of the US superpower and its responsibilities on the international arena. The general mood reflects the lack of confidence in the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. This week, the Democratic National Convention focused its efforts on marketing Hillary the approachable woman, in the hope this win over the hearts of the Americans who have not been comfortable with her “robot-like” demeanor

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“I’ve heard this sort of speech a lot in the last 15 years and trust me, it doesn’t sound any better in Russian.” Garry Kasparov, Russian dissident and former chess world champion More…

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Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the previously closed border with Colombia to purchase the basic necessities they can no longer buy at home , a net result of Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political turmoil. What a testament to how desperate life has become for ordinary Venezuelans, who have endured hyper-inflation, high levels of unemployment, a rise in poverty, rampant cronyism and corruption, and severely reduced oil revenues — even before Nicolas Maduro assumed office in 2013. Since then, it has all become much worse

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A semi-permanent state of quasi-war?

15Jul

Many Americans, and surely many people around the world, will be shocked to learn about the kinds of foreign policy “architecture” the President plans to leave for his successor.

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Controversy persists about twenty-eight pages of the 9-11 Commission’s official report that remain classified. Former U.S.

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The Barcelona Process that formed the basis of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) was launched in November 1995 by the 15 European Union members and 12 Mediterranean partners as a framework for the creation of a Mediterranean region of peace, security and shared prosperity.

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Donald Trump is headed toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. He’s among the most pugnacious of candidates, routinely trashing Republicans, Democrats, immigrants, Mexicans, women, Muslims, and foreign policy professionals. Many of these political battles could reduce his chance of getting elected president

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The objectives of the strategic dialogue between Russia and the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are not complicated, but fulfilling them requires the Gulf states to take clear decisions on several issues. This week in Moscow, a new round of the strategic dialogue will be held under Saudi’s rotating presidency, amid radical differences over Syria as both sides themselves admit. However, the two effective foes in Syria are determined to have cordial relations, each for its own calculations, which could include motives such as Russian-American relations and Gulf-American relations

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This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan’s own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future.

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One reality in the markets is that despite the best efforts of analysts and traders, no one ever knows with any degree of certainty what will happen to the price of an investment in the future. Oil exemplifies that premise right now

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Perhaps it all started with President Harry Truman’s declaration that sending US troops to Korea was a “police action.” Or maybe it was during that long string of early 20th Century military interventions in Central America and the Caribbean, when Marines were sent ashore willy-nilly to protect US business interests or citizens. More…

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The Media Owes Us The Truth About Islam

07Abr

The media owes all of us the truth and nothing else. In other words they have a journalistic duty to portray the facts as they are. But sadly they have become disingenuous in carrying out their duty when it comes to viewing the truth about Islam

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World powers pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging a truce in three weeks’ time. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a ceasefire and more aid access to Aleppo, where rebel-held areas are being cut off and the United Nations has warned a new humanitarian disaster could be on the way.

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Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, fear-mongering serial liar. But when he’s right, he’s right

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SALEM, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday got into a heated exchange with a voter who accused him of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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WASHINGTON — Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record, both super PACs allied with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, raised a combined $27.3 million in the second half of 2015, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. The majority of the money was raised by Priorities USA Action, with $25.3 million taken in from July through December

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(CONTINUED): The African American Vote and the 2016 Primaries and Presidential Elections In our blog of January 26, 2016 we wrote about the unique historical opportunity presented to African-American, Hispanic, and young voters in the 2016 State and national elections. We now want to revisit this issue.

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Americans have rare excuse to applaud an Arab state given the turmoil in the Middle East.

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British police are disputing the account of a Muslim family that says it was investigated over a spelling mistake made by a 10-year-old boy.  Last month, the boy had wrote in a school assignment that he lived in a “terrorist house” when he was trying to write ” terraced house ,” his family told the BBC.  Authorities questioned him at home the next day and examined a laptop, the family said. Wednesday's Metro front page: Terrorist house?

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with New York University Professor Mohamad Bazzi about the Saudi-Iran rift.

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The American Response to ISIS

19Nov

In the wake of the Paris bombings by ISIS, the United States has joined the world in expressing outrage and its determination to destroy the terrorist group. But with what actions should America – and individual Americans – respond

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Last night in Berlin, we celebrated the 7th birthday of Matilda Foelsch.

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If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, the nation won’t just have its first female president. We’ll also have our first male spouse of a president — and the need for a title other than “first lady.”  Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked the Democratic presidential candidate what Bill Clinton would be called in her White House.  “It’s a little bit more complicated with him because people still call former presidents ‘Mr. President,’ so I have to really work on this,” Clinton said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night.  “The first president lady would be a nice thing to call him,” Kimmel suggested.  “The first dude, first mate, first gentleman,” Clinton said.

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The conjunction between the efforts on Syria and Yemen is interesting, especially as the talks also coincided with Saudi Arabia for the first time agreeing to Iranian participation in an international conference on Syria.

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Who Will Investigate the Investigators?

25Oct

We are currently trying to understand the cause of what must be the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

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ImageContent(562c34aae4b0ec0a3894b637,562c33471900002d00b94cf2,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562c33471900002d00b94cf2.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),Bloomberg via Getty Images,) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and pop singer Katy Perry to energize her campaign’s faithful Saturday before a pivotal dinner with thousands of Iowa Democrats.

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Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.

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Relatives of the four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack had hoped Thursday’s 11 hours of questioning of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton by members of the House Benghazi committee would shed light on the violence. But Kate Quigley, whose brother, Glen Doherty, was killed in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “a lot of the real answers that we were looking for were kind of brushed off” during Clinton’s marathon session.

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theSkimm’s Guide to the Benghazi Attacks

22Oct

THE STORY There’s a reason you’ve been hearing a lot about the 2012 Benghazi attacks lately. REMIND ME WHAT HAPPENED

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews criticized Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for saying his brother, former President George W. Bush, kept the American people safe . “He didn’t,” Matthews said on “Hardball” Monday.

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WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, called out the committee’s chair on Sunday for advancing a claim against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the CIA later proved false. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi,  alleged in an Oct.

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Turmoil swirled again around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee on Friday as it questioned a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, prompting fresh accusations that the panel was created to damage the Democratic front-runner’s presidential campaign. In a six-hour closed door interview, members and staff sought answers from Huma Abedin, for years a close confidante of Clinton.

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Bernie blew it. By embracing rather than confronting Hillary Clinton, Sen. Sanders fell into the trap of sellout mainstream politics, improving his personal brand as an appealing but ultimately non-threatening advocate for the downtrodden while studiously avoiding any suggestion that the smiley-faced woman standing next to him is deeply complicit in Wall Street’s rape of the nation

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made a veiled but sharp critique Tuesday of Hillary Clinton’s vote to support the Iraq War.

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No one should have been surprised that Russia committed their military to the task of saving their ally in Syria from defeat. And no one should now be surprised if Saudi Arabia steps up its support for the Syrian opposition; or if the opposition attacks Russian forces in Syria

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Go ahead and support Hillary Clinton, those of you for whom having the first female president is the top priority. She is by far preferable to Carly Fiorina, though of course no match for likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein (I know: You want to win).

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After a two-year absence from the international stage — during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities — on October 1 the “moderate rebels” of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard appeared to confirm his suspicion; even as a companion report on Russian actions in Syria by Helene Cooper, Michael R.

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We may look back on this week just passing as one of the true nadirs in America’s post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America’s shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations, impossible to ignore. It is a particular low point for President Barack Obama. With his Iranian nuclear deal in hand, at last secure from blockage in the U.S.

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Putin on Syria

28Sep

Russian President Vladimir Putin displayed acumen in his 60 Minutes i nterview on CBS Sunday evening as he ruled out sending Russian troops into Syria, saying, “Well, at least we don’t plan on it right now.” Syria was one of many topics discussed with CBS News anchor Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview recorded in advance of Putin’s address to the United Nations Monday. But it appears that Russia is seizing the initiative in ending Syria’s civil war by throwing its support behind that country’s ruthless president, Bashar al-Assad. Putin told Rose, “Well, it’s my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other regions, for instance in Libya where all the state institutions are disintegrated.” In nearly five years of war in Syria more than 250,000 people have been killed and millions of refugees have fled the country.

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Former President Bill Clinton faulted congressional Republicans and a pliant news media for the fallout over Hillary Clinton’s private email server, arguing that the attention given to the emails has been unwarranted.

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In ten days from now in New York, initiatives, talks, understandings, and deals will come together under two main titles: terrorism and immigration.

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Whacky U.S. Foreign Policy

14Sep

The United States has by far the greatest military dominance in world history–both absolutely and relative to other great powers at its time in history–to back up its foreign policy.

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Malian Manuscripts from Timbuktu “For centuries, Timbuktu provided rest alongside the Niger River for travelers journeying across the African Continent. From the 12th through the 16th Centuries, Mali became an intellectual haven for Islamic scholars

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The release of Jonathan Pollard is long overdue. He has served nearly 30 years behind bars for a crime that was very disproportionate to his sentence. Jonathan Pollard was a civilian American Naval intelligence analyst who discovered that the U.S.

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A still from Yaëlle Kayam’s Mountain , starring Shani Klein I’m angry. As a woman film blogger, I need twice as much effort and talent to get a quarter of the recognition that my male counterparts receive

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HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/MUNICH, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Saturday to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, bussed to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them, but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people. Left to walk the final stretch into Austria, rain-soaked migrants – many of them refugees from Syria’s civil war – were whisked by train and shuttle bus first to Vienna and then by train to Munich and other cities in Germany. The last train carrying an estimated 1,000 refugees pulled into Munich from Austria at 1:30 a.m.

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BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 1:25 a.m. Migrants stranded for days in Hungary are boarding buses chartered by the government to take them to the border with Austria, which says it and Germany will grant them unhindered entry.

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BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 1:25 a.m.

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KHARTOUM, SUDAN–Like the dog that didn’t bark in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale, little advertising promotes American goods in Khartoum. Ads ubiquitous elsewhere in the world are absent. U.S

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By James M. Dorsey A series of recent mass protests in several Arab countries have called into question suggestions that civil wars, brutal crackdowns and military coups and interventions have quelled popular willingness to stand up for rights in the Middle East. The protests, although focussed on specific social and economic demands, fundamentally have the same objectives as popular revolts four years ago that toppled four autocrats: dignity, social justice and greater freedoms

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A message to the out-of-touch Washington pundit class: get a grip. What was or was not on Hillary Clinton’s email server when she was Secretary of State is not a game-changing news story. In fact, no one outside the chattering class – and right wing true believers – could give a rat’s rear about this story – and there is a good reason: there is no “there” there

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CAIRO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 29 people near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb early on Thursday. A statement circulated on Twitter by supporters of the group, Sinai Province, said the bomb was a reprisal for the execution of six of its members convicted of carrying out an attack north of the Egyptian capital last year. “Let the apostates of the police and army, the followers of Jews, know we are a people who do not forget our revenge,” the statement said

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Not Since Nineveh

20Ago

Many conservatives wish they could turn the clock back to a happier time, a more wholesome era like the 1950s. Back when television shows were in black and white.

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Throwing Rocks

12Ago

Growing up, my father often spoke of his childhood on American compounds in Libya. In the afternoons after school, he and his friends would get into rock fights with the native kids. Stemming partially in good-natured fun, the throwing of rocks symbolized a release from the mounting tensions between impoverished Libyans and the elite expatriates

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There have been interesting developments this week in US-Russian relations with the Gulf states, Egypt, and Turkey – and also interesting developments in the political discourse of both Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The strategic dialogue between the United States and Egypt resumed earlier this week, for the first time since 2009, tackling the future of US-Egyptian relations. The relations had become tense following the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in Cairo.

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WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Oct. 22 before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Wednesday.

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The Gulf and the New Iran

11Jul

Raghida Dergham Which Iran will be born in the wake of the prospective nuclear deal that might be concluded today, Friday – unless it fails at the 11th hour? Will it unleash a golden age for the Islamic Republic of Iran with hundreds of billions of dollars in cash flows and install Iran as a very successful regional power, as President Obama said

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Currently, there are two key opportunities led by the United Nations worth supporting because there are no alternatives, both in Libya and Yemen.

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Chuck Grassley’s daughter hit a deer with her car, making the animal even less popular than History Channel in the Grassley household.

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ROME, June 6 (Reuters) – More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea, the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italy’s coastguard said. “MOAS coordinated the rescue of over 2,000 people together with Italian, Irish and Germany ships,” the group tweeted

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CATANIA, Italy (RNS) Sitting outside the central train station here in eastern Sicily, a 16-year-old who would only give his name as “Simon” hunched his knees up to his chest and wrapped himself up into a ball. With little spoken English, the teenager from Eritrea has taken to miming the way he traveled across the Mediterranean. He was one of around 325 migrants crammed into an overcrowded boat that left Libya earlier this month, only to lose power a few hours into the journey.

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