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Iran hawks finally presented a “better” Iran deal. It’s complete gibberish – Max Fisher/Vox

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In the weeks and months before world leaders completed the Iran nuclear deal, I did not make a secret of seeing the case for a deal as stronger than the case against, but I also tried to highlight the case against. There is no such thing as a perfect solution to the Iran nuclear problem, and a number of critics were making salient and important points about the downsides.

Since the deal was announced, though, many of those criticisms have declined from salient to overheated, or downright odd. And, bizarrely, critics of the deal who so often insist there is a better plan for peacefully limiting Iran’s nuclear program never seem to put forward such a plan. This is too bad; having critical voices can be helpful in spotting problems and improving policy.
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Iran’s Jewish Community Leader: Netanyahu Is “Narcissistic” and “Delusional” – Jonas E. Alexis/Veterans Today

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Netanyahu obviously wants to be a political clown. He wants attention, and if he doesn’t get attention, he will say some of the dumbest things you couldn’t possibly imagine. You can even predict with accuracy what he will say whenever he opens his mouth: He will tell at least one big lie. In fact, he breathes lies. Just pick up your newspapers and start sifting through the lies that this man has produced over the past few days.

What is so sad is that the man is so delusional that he thinks he is full of insights—great insights, which he believes will save the lives of the Jewish people. If he says that Iran is the number one terrorist country in the world, rest assured that the statement itself will be repeated over and over among his puppets, most specifically among Republicans and Neocon shills.
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Are Arabs white? – Khaled A. Beydoun/Al Jazeera English

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The religious affiliations of Arab Americans

In the US, race has always mattered. Whiteness in particular has mattered most, standing as the seal of civilisation and the gateway towards citizenship.

Since 1944, Arabs have been deemed white by law. Many Arabs still embrace and defend that status today.

However, the US Census Bureau has proposed a new stand-alone classification – “Middle East or North African [MENA]” – which if adopted on the 2020 Census, may formally end more than 70 years of formal whiteness, and the “racial Catch-22” that perplexes the Arab American identity.
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Israel looks for answers to boycott campaign – BBC News

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In the world of international relations there are plenty of ways of expressing disapproval, from trade sanctions and travel restrictions to arms embargos.

But none of them arguably resonate with the public in quite the same way as a successful consumer boycott.

The template for modern campaigners was set by anti-apartheid activists working to bring down white minority rule in South Africa.

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Israeli Justice Minister Moves to Legalize West Bank Settlements – Newsweek

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Israel’s justice minister on Tuesday announced the creation of a committee to “address the legal status of West Bank lands” as a precursor to the potential legalisation of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. Such settlements are currently defined as illegal under international law by the United Nations.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the ultra-nationalist, pro-settlement Jewish Home party, led by Naftali Bennett, said that the committee was established to put an end to Jewish settlers’ fears about the legality of their homes in the West Bank.
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Saudi Arabia manipulating world media with petro-dollars – Reporters Without Borders

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To paint a better picture of the Kingdom, Riyadh has been paying media across the globe as well as setting plans to ban reporters critical of the government from working in the country, Reporters Without Borders concluded after digging into WikiLeaks.

The so called ‘Saudi Cables’, revealed by the whistleblowing website, were used by Reporters Without Borders to give a better insight at the lengths the Saudi authorities are willing to go to in order to try to present a more positive image of the country abroad.
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Hezbollah battles in the orchards of Zabadani

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Media And Nothingness

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I’m so freaking bored today.  Scanning through numerous news sites and their silly headlines.  I really can’t take it anymore.  Since the Iran deal signing, nothing but drab sci-fi from the losers.  Even worse, nothing but tepid modesty from the winners.

How long will this media nothingness go on for?

Maybe it’s just me and I’m on news overload.

More like bullshit overload.

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Lindsey Graham destroy his cell phone after Donald Trump gives out his number

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