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Notable Israel boycott activist also leads pro-settler, pro-occupation group – Eugene Kontorovich/The Washington Post

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Code Pink is a prominent far-left group that is heavily focused on anti-Israel activities, and promoting boycotts in particular. One of its major campaigns calls for boycotts of Ahava beauty products on the grounds that they support “illegal Israel settlement” in the West Bank (a contention rejected by the United Kingdom Supreme Court last year).

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Hasbara or not, apartheid in Israel is doomed – Iqbal Jassat /Middle East Monitor

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As the noose of resistance begins to tighten around the neck of Israel’s apartheid regime, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bewilderment must not be construed as an expression of ignorance. Equally, the display of shock and anger by his entire cabinet must be viewed as a mask of hypocrisy adopted for the benefit of fellow Israelis and their western allies.

The truth is captured eloquently by prominent Palestinian author and journalist Ramzy Baroud: Palestinian youth are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and endure the unrelenting violence of the Israeli occupation. In short, Israel’s suffocating policies of apartheid, administered ruthlessly by Netanyahu’s racist right-wing coalition, is responsible for the current wave of protests and violence.

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Blowback: Saudi Arabia vs. Russia in Syria – Jonathan Schanzer, Boris Zilberman/The National Interest

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After deploying its ground and air assets across Syria, Russia entered into an agreement with the Shiite leaders of Iran and Iraq to coordinate military efforts. At the podium of the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin looked as if he had pulled off a masterful power play in the Middle East. But Putin seems to have forgotten the dangers of the neighborhood he seeks to dominate. More importantly, he is ignoring Russia’s recent history of meddling in the Muslim world. If past is prologue, things could get bloody.

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Two-state solution is not a ‘valid solution right now’ – Al Jazeera English

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Mehdi Hasan challenged controversial Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on her view of Palestinians.

Earlier this year, an Israeli newspaper welcomed the appointment of the country’s newest justice minister by stating, “who cares if she’s beautiful, she’s dangerous”.

As the country’s youngest person to ever hold the position, Ayelet Shaked, has stirred controversy with her  remarks on Palestinians and “African infiltrators” . She has been a vocal opponent of Palestinian statehood and her country’s own Supreme Court.

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Russian researchers develop internet ‘bot’ to hunt ISIS recruiters — RT News

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A group of Russian computer specialists has teamed up with Muslim scholars to create a computer program that automatically detects accounts used by Islamic State terrorists to lure new members into their group.

The project was started by the non-commercial Center for Research of Legitimacy and Political Protest. Its director Yevgeny Venediktov told Izvestia daily that the search for terrorist recruiters will use a program called “Laplace’s Demon” that was developed by the center’s IT specialists in the spring.

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Dignity or Death

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An Israeli Jew, seeing a brown-skinned man walking down his street and assuming him to be Palestinian: lunged forth and stabbed him in a revenge attack – only to discover that the man he critically injured was actually Jewish.  Such is the level of ethnic paranoia permeating the Israeli psyche today.

Reciprocal stabbings between Palestinians and Zionist Israelis have been erupting on the streets of towns and cities and increasing in frequency and violence as the days pass.  The Zionist Israeli media is carrying forth Netanyahu’s propaganda message to his people:  ‘Arabs are attacking us with knives on the streets and we have the right to defend ourselves’.  Other loon Israeli media outlets are warning that the Palestinian stabbers are Daesh announcing their arrival into Israel.  The politics of fear is king in the holy land today.

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Has Obama Come To His Senses? – Paul Craig Roberts/The Unz Review

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Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge and others are misinterpreting Steve Kroft’s “60 Minutes” interview with President Obama. They see weakness and confusion in Obama’s responses and conclude that Kroft shredded Obama.

What I see is entirely different. Steve Kroft is either a neoconservative or he is inculcated into the neocon mind-set that the US must prevail everywhere. Kroft’s view is that weakness and indecision on Obama’s part is the reason the US is not prevailing in Syria. Kroft’s purpose is to embarrass Obama and push him into escalating the situation.

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Russia’s Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al – Alastair Crooke/HuffPo

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BEIRUT — As soon as Russia launched the first stages of its military campaign in Syria, world media erupted with epic slights on President Vladimir Putin and the deprecation of Russia’s strategic motives in Syria. Is this information operation simply a recrudescence of Cold War neuralgia, or is there something more profound at work here?

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World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims Highlights Muslim-American Influence – Julie Poucher Harbin/HuffPo

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The list is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, a Jordanian think tank.

As in past years, there continue to be more Muslims from the United States than any other country on this year’s “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”

Since at least 2012, the U.S. has outpaced nations with a far larger Muslim population, netting at least 40 notable people of influence, with Pakistan (33), Saudi Arabia (32), Egypt (27) and the U.K (27) not too far behind.
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RT EXCLUSIVE Report from the Syria Frontline

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How Pro-Israel Fanatics Have Teamed up with Right-Wing Operatives to Crush Free Speech on Campus (a 4 part investigation) – Max Blumenthal, Julia Carme/Alternet

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As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.

The Israel lobby is redirecting resources to a new project after its failure to stop the Iran nuclear deal despite spending an estimated $30 million to halt it. Following the defeat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a campaign against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement that is spreading on American college campuses. The funding is flowing from donors closely linked to Netanyahu’s government. But the effort has almost instantly run into trouble. It is inspiring an atmosphere of incitement and intimidation, and the FBI is now investigating violent threats made against BDS activists.

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Imperial Failure: Lessons From Afghanistan and Iraq – Ralph Nader/CounterPunch

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The photographs in the New York Times told contrasting stories last week. One showed two Taliban soldiers in civilian clothes and sandals, with their rifles, standing in front of a captured U.N. vehicle. The Taliban forces had taken the northern provincial capital of Kunduz. The other photograph showed Afghan army soldiers fully equipped with modern gear, weapons, and vehicles.

Guess who is winning? An estimated thirty-thousand Taliban soldiers with no air force, navy, or heavy weapons have been holding down ten times more Afghan army and police and over 100,000 U.S. soldiers with the world’s most modern weaponry – for eight years.

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US Caught Faking It in Syria – fufilling the Yinon and Clean Break plans – Thomas S. Harrington/Council for the National Interest

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Israeli regime favors Iraq partition

The strategic goal in Syria is not what your faithful mainstream media servants have you believe… it is to  heighten the level of internecine conflict in that country to the point where Syria will not be able to serve as a bulwark against Israeli regional hegemony for at least another generation. How do we know? Because important protagonists in the Israelo-American policy planning elite have advertised the fact with a surprising degree of clarity in documents and public statements issued over the last several decades.

The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up.

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