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Month: July, 2015

How to think about Islamic State – Pankaj Mishra/The Guardian (*Plato’s recommended reading)

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Violence has erupted across a broad swath of territory in recent months: wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, suicide bombings in Xinjiang, Nigeria and Turkey, insurgencies from Yemen to Thailand, massacres in Paris, Tunisia and the American south. Future historians may wel

l see such uncoordinated mayhem as commencing the third – and the longest and the strangest – of world wars. Certainly, forces larger and more complex than in the previous two wars are at work; they outrun our capacity to apprehend them, let alone adjust their direction to our benefit.
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Kerry Says Israel May Deepen Its Isolation by Opposing Iran Nuclear Accord – Michael R. Gordon/The New York Times

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OCCUPIED WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the nuclear accord he negotiated with Iran was in Israel’s interest and that the Israeli government’s decision to oppose it could further its isolation.

“I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn it, our friends in Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed,” Mr. Kerry said in an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Pollard Goes Free Over Our Dead Bodies – Gordon Duff/Veterans Today

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“….the depth of Pollard’s info that he passed on to Russia (amongst others) was as damaging as the Rosenberg’s was during that era. Devastatingly state of the art. Virtually everything that we knew/know about nukes….” (US Navy nuclear weapons expert exclusive to Veterans Today)

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Israel is demanding the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for spying against the United States is a hero in Israel.
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The worst lies Israel told itself this week – Haaretz

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The Israeli masquerade ball reached a new peak this week. In one room, Rogel Alpher and Yaron London could be seen holding a philosophical debate over the place of altruism in a cost-benefit analysis of the salaries and benefits of Israeli army officers. “If those fools would go on thinking they are risking their lives and disrupting their families’ lives for a higher ideal, it would help us cut the payroll costs and benefits of these unfortunate combat officers, which would benefit the paychecks of us all,” London wrote in a letter to Haaretz, as if winking at Alpher behind the officers’ backs. It came in response to two recent opinion pieces by Alpher in which he “revealed” that career military officers serve only their own interests.

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Officials deny report that U.S. preparing to release Israeli spy – Reuters

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OCCUPIED WASHINGTON  – U.S. officials on Friday denied a Wall Street Journal report that the Obama administration was considering early release for Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel.

The Justice Department said Pollard must serve his full 30-year sentence. It stressed that he has long been eligible for consideration for parole in November but insisted that the administration has no say in how that process unfolds.
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Will The Liberals Ever Learn – Jennifer Rubin/The Washington Post

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the Syrian regime engaged in a “chain of misrepresentations . . . to hide the extent of its chemical-weapons work. One year after the West celebrated the removal of Syria’s arsenal as a foreign-policy success, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the regime didn’t give up all of the chemical weapons it was supposed to.” Not even close:
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Syrian government says too early for more U.N.-backed peace talks – Reuters

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Award-winning photo from the Syria war

BEIRUT – Syria’s foreign minister said on Friday it was too early to hold another United Nations-backed peace conference on Syria, indicating the dim prospects for diplomacy as a U.N. envoy wraps up three months of consultations on the war.

Walid al-Moualem also reiterated his government’s view that Iran’s support for Damascus would continue after its nuclear deal with world powers including the United States, which says President Bashar al-Assad must leave power.
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Obama’s Legacy: Arab-Israeli Peace – Tal Keinan/HuffPo

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After a century of failed attempts at Arab-Israeli peace, the Obama Administration may have accidentally just produced the key breakthrough to success. Whether you like the Iran deal or not, it realigns the Middle East in a manner that potentially serves its people better. Consider the following possibility: Feeling unprotected, the leading nations of the Sunni Arab world — Saudi Arabia and Egypt — approach the region’s foremost military power, Israel, with the goal of forming a security pact. Unprecedented? Yes. But rightly or wrongly, America’s regional allies feel betrayed by the Obama Administration. The Iran deal empowers a rising regional hegemon backing violent forces hostile to these allies’ vital interests — from the Assad regime in Syria, to Shiite militias in Iraq, to Hezbollah in Lebanon, to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. To paraphrase Bandar bin Sultan quoting Henry Kissinger, the feeling is that America’s friends should fear America more than her enemies should.
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Letter: Why Israel, but not Iran? – The Salt Lake Tribune

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Regarding the deal President Obama made with Iran recently over their nuclear program: Why is it that some countries have the right to have nukes and not Iran?
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What we know about Louisiana movie theater shooting suspect – Yahoo News

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A gunman killed two people and wounded at least nine others during a showing of “Trainwreck” at a movie theater in Louisiana.

The 59-year-old “lone white male” opened fire about 20 minutes into the film Thursday evening at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette, roughly 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.
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Suppressed War News July 24 2015 – Veterans Today

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Nusra Rebels Suffer Heavy Losses in Idlib Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s army and popular forces shrugged off a demand by Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey for stopping operations in Anbar, and managed to make more gains against ISIL in the province.

As the Iraqi army and popular forces continue operations against the terrorists in Anbar province, reports said the army troops are about to take back al-Anbar University in Ramadi.

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One Giant Leap for Israel: Buzz Aldrin to Make First Visit to Jewish State – Algemeiner.com

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Forty-six years after becoming the second man to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin will take his first steps in the Holy Land later this year.
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Ted Cruz tangles with peace activists outside White House – Reuters

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Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz engaged antiwar activists on Thursday in a spirited debate outside the White House over the Iran nuclear deal, offering a rare moment of spontaneity in the U.S. presidential race.

A news conference organized by opponents of the Iran deal threatened to devolve into chaos as members of the antiwar group Code Pink showed up to offer a high-volume counterpoint at the event, which took place in a park across Pennsylvania Avenue from President Barack Obama’s official residence.

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Human rights for cats and dogs: Spanish town council votes overwhelmingly in favour of defining pets as ‘non-human residents’ – The Independent, UK

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If the Magna Carta marked the birth of human rights, today we may have reached its apotheosis. In Spain, or at least in one Spanish town, politicians have just voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating what are effectively human rights for dogs and cats.

The town council in Trigueros del Valle, a municipality of about 330 people in the Castile and León region, voted unanimously to define dogs and cats as “non-human residents”, giving them rights similar to men and women.
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Assad Winning, Why is America Aghast? – Nahed al Husaini/Veterans Today

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Assad is clearly winning with Iranian help, something America should want, but does it?

There is nothing of this in the Western press but in the Middle East, everyone is discussing what they believe to be secret codicils to the Iran nuclear agreement. According to rumors no one seems to know the origin of, Iran is said to have agreed to let Syria fall to ISIS.
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Poll: Most of American Jews think Congress should approve Iran deal – Haaretz

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Most American Jews want Congress to approve the deal reached between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, a poll released on Thursday showed.

According to the poll, sponsored by the L.A. Jewish Journal, 53 percent of those surveyed said Congress should approve the deal, while 35 percent said Congress should oppose it, compared to 41 percent and 38 percent, respectively, in the general population.
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Study: Diaspora Jews are growing increasingly critical of Israel – Jerusalem Post

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Diaspora Jewry is increasingly critical of Israel and young Diaspora Jews are growing more alienated from the Jewish state, a new study found.

The study, released this week by the Jewish People Policy Institute, an influential think tank based in Jerusalem, comes a year after Israel’s war in Gaza. Titled “Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry,” the report looks at how non-Israeli Jews view Israeli military actions and how Diaspora Jews should respond.
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How to survive a nuclear bomb every day of your life – Carlos Lozada/The Washington Post

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Scene over Nagasaki, August 9th, 1945

Just before a five-ton plutonium bomb detonated one-third of a mile above the city, unleashing a fireball exceeding 540,000 degrees and propelling a blast that pulverized buildings and carbonized flesh over three square miles, Wada, 18, was at a streetcar terminal, taking a lunch break after his driving shift. Taniguchi, 16, was riding his bicycle while delivering mail; an undersized boy, he barely reached the pedals. Nagano, also 16, was back working in an airplane parts factory after an air-raid alarm had sent her scurrying home. Do-oh, 15, was inspecting torpedoes in a weapons facility, forced to wear loose-fitting trousers that the fashion-conscious teen hated. And Yoshida, 13, was lowering a bucket into a well when he noticed two parachutes piercing the clouds. “Hey look!” he called out to his friends. “Something’s falling!”

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How a Palestinian Hamlet of 340 Drew Global Attention – Diaa Hadid/The New York Times

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SUSIYA, West Bank — Yousef Nawajaa strode between the tents bedecked with Palestinian flags, scattered through parched orchards and rocky hills, shouting delightedly to a man nearby: “Hey, did you hear? John Kerry spoke about Susiya!”

“Kerry!” the man exclaimed, with a look that said, “No way!”

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Israeli ambassador to Dems: Don’t fret about killing Iran deal – Jake Sherman/POLITICO

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Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer’s message to House Democrats is simple: don’t worry about voting against the Iran deal, because no matter what, the U.S. will not allow the Islamic Republic to obtain a nuclear weapon.

The message, described by multiple lawmakers who were on the receiving end, is meant to tamp down fear of what will happen if Congress votes to block the nuclear agreement. The U.S. and Israel have both said they would do anything to ensure Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.
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Dov Hikind Arrested By NYPD During Iran Protest

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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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