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Saudi King Salman: Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque “feeds extremism” – Asharq Al-Awsat

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       In Solidarity with Jerusalem Palestinians, Gaza holds ‘Day of Rage’ protest

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has denounced the recent Israeli escalation against worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine, saying that it constitutes “a flagrant violation of the sanctity of religions and feeds extremism and violence throughout the world.”

The remarks came during discussions King Salman held over the phone with several world leaders on Thursday, including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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New CIA Information on JFK Assassination – Keith Thomson/HuffPo

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Since 1961, on every morning except Sunday, CIA briefers have presented the president of the United States with a top-secret, five-to-ten-page report on world events pertinent to national security. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer called the report, now known as the President’s Daily Brief, “the most highly sensitized classified document in the government.” Former CIA Director George Tenet believed the PDBs to be so sensitive that none could be released for publication “no matter how old or historically significant it may be.” Yet, yesterday, the CIA declassified and released every PDB produced during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, some 2,500 in all.

Why?

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Why some Muslims don’t want Ahmed Mohamed’s blackness to be ignored – Abby Phillip/The Washington Post

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Ahmed Mohamed is now a 14-year-old with a national following and a long list of powerful people on his calling card.

After he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to impress his teachers, the ninth-grader has become symbolic of the worst skeletons in America’s closet: growing hysteria and over-criminalization in American schools, Islamophobia and racism.

As the news of Mohamed’s plight spread, some of the earliest accounts associated the teen, who is of Sudanese descent, with the word “brown,” a fuzzy bit of racial jargon that typically refers to non-black people of South Asian or sometimes Latin American descent.

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Holy Slingshots and Bastard Bullets

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The Palestinian today is a human slingshot and the stone in hand is the wrath of the land upon the cruel invader.

To have endured close to seven remorseless decades of daily brutality and death and to not have surrendered deserves earnest applause and fecund tears from the high sky.  The patient ones are rewarded by the gods, they say.  If this be true, then the enduring practice of Sumud has by now become an added survival organ in the Palestine body.  Sumud as dear and silent clinging to life.  A fixated insistence on justice.  Sumud as higher love.  The  virtue that needs to be taught to child and suffering hostage alike.

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Putin’s Line in the Sand: No Regime Change in Syria – Mike Whitney/CounterPunch

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“Obama administration officials, who have been negotiating with Turkey for months, said Thursday that they had reached an agreement for manned and unmanned American warplanes to carry out aerial attacks on Islamic State positions from air bases at Incirlik and Diyarbakir. The agreement was described by one senior administration official as a “game changer.”

New York Times, July 23, 2015

The Syrian war can divided into two parts: The pre-Incirlik period and the post-Incirlik period. The pre-Incirlik period is roughly the four year stretch during which US-backed Islamic militias and al Qaida-linked groups fought the Syrian army with the intention of removing President Bashar al Assad from power. This first phase of the war ended in a draw.

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When clocks are bombs – Khaled A Beydoun/Al Jazeera English

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Donning his NASA T-shirt, young Ahmed Mohamed walked into his ninth grade class Monday morning, proudly holding the clock he had meticulously assembled at home. The 14-year-old Muslim American student, with a zeal for assembling, disassembling and fixing radios, computers and go-karts, hoped to draw the praise of his teacher. Instead, Dallas police were called in, Ahmed’s hands were cuffed, and the stunned high school student was removed from the premises.

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Rogue States and Diplomacy: a Conversation With Noam Chomsky – Vijay Prashad/CounterPunch

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On September 2, the United States’ support for the Iran nuclear deal was secured. President Barack Obama’s team negotiated the deal along with other countries of the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Germany). The Republicans in the U.S. Congress had threatened to pass a resolution that would block Obama’s signature on such a deal. Obama had said he would veto any Bill that constrained his hand to sign that deal. He needed 34 Senators to back him in order to secure his veto. When Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said she would support the President, the deal was safe.

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., told me that Barbara Mikulski’s vote was “a big relief”. She said that the Iran deal was “a huge victory for diplomacy over the real threat of war with Iran”. Trita Parsi and Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council agreed. Obama, they said, “has proven to the U.S. that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism”. Emad Kiyaei of the American Iranian Council told me just after Barbara Mikulski’s announcement: “There is no ‘better’ deal and the opposition has not introduced a viable alternative, except more coercive policies that to date have not slowed—rather accelerated—Iran’s nuclear programme.”

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What It Means To Be Jewish – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks/HuffPo

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For prolific author, rabbi and British Lord Jonathan Sacks, being Jewish is much more than a loose cultural or geographic affiliation. It is what defines his identity and what gives him a sense of his place in this vast world, the renowned rabbi explained in a beautifully illustrated video released for the Jewish High Holidays.
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Anti-Semites Flock to Ann Coulter's Side – Emily Shire/The Daily Beast

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Her vitriolic Tweets about the Republican Party pandering to Jewish voters has attracted alarming support across social media.

Ann Coulter may have been looking for another dose of fame when she tweeted her anti-Semitic take on the GOP debate, but she found a wave of support from anti-Semites craving a pundit to give a sense of legitimacy to their prejudiced views.

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Arab push to pressurize Israel thwarted at U.N. nuclear watchdog – Yahoo News

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VIENNA  – An Arab bid to pressurize Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal failed on Thursday after Washington and other powers united to reject it at the U.N. atomic watchdog’s annual gathering.
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The extent of the rejection – with a larger number of ‘no’s than a similar vote last year – will reassure Israel, whose relationship with the United States and other traditional allies has been strained by their support for a nuclear settlement with its enemy Iran.
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After Iran Deal Defeat, How Do Pro-Israel Lobbyists Regain Clout? : It's All Politics : NPR

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Nobody on Capitol Hill underestimates the lobbying clout of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. For six decades — almost since the birth of Israel — AIPAC has presented itself as the deliberately bipartisan, and frequently victorious, voice of American-Israeli unity.

It has maintained this emphasis on bipartisanship even as American views of Israel have grown more partisan. Israel’s politics have turned sharply rightward and are now much more closely aligned with American Republicans than with Democrats.
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