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Gideon Polya: Western Hypocrisy – US Alliance Sanctions Russia Over Crimea-Backed Reunion While Backing Apartheid Israel’s Occupation And Ongoing Palestinian Genocide

International Law must be respected. National independence, national borders and national sovereignty are sacrosanct according to the UN Charter, and Russia under President Vladimir Putin has violated international law through the incorporation  of Crimea into the Russia Federation. However in mitigation one cannot ignore the following realities:  the Crimean Parliament unanimously voted for this ...

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Patrick Bond: The Mandela Years in Power – Did He Jump Or Was He Pushed?

The death of Nelson Mandela, at age 95 on 5 December 2013, brings genuine sadness. As his health deteriorated over the past six months, many asked the more durable question: how did he change South Africa? Given how unsatisfactory life is for so many in society, the follow-up question is, how much room was there for Mandela to maneuver? South Africa now lurches from crisis to crisis, and so many of us are t ...

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Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Where We Make Our Stand (Video)

"In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us." Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of conf ...

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Dr. Stephen Sniegoski: The Triangular Relationship between Iran, Israel and the United States – The Early Decades

Exclusive: Dr. Stephen Sniegoski dissects the  history of the relationship of Iran, Israel, and the US from the end of WWII through to the end of George W. Bush’s first term (2004) .The greatest focus is on George W. Bush’s first administration. The essay shows some “inconvenient history” that the mainstream has thrown down the memory hole. It points out that the caricature of t ...

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Finian Cunningham: France Wrecks P5+1 Deal for Arab Money

File photo showing closed-door talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on November 9. The French deal-breaking intervention at the P5+1 negotiation with Iran may have been motivated by France wanting to ingratiate itself with the Persian Gulf monarchies for strategic economic reasons. Negotiations to resolve the nuclear deadlock and lift economic sanctions on Iran appear ...

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T. Rajamoorthy: The Origins and Evolution of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The agreement being negotiated by the US-led 12-nation regional trade bloc known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has engendered much controversy. Its origins can be traced to a little-known four-party free trade agreement concluded in 2005 by New Zealand, Chile, Singapore and Brunei. It was US participation and its subsequent hegemonic role in the later negotiations of this group (collectively known ...

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Tony Cartalucci: Tel Aviv Regime Strikes Syria, Again

Latest Israeli attack part of wider US-Saudi-Israeli strategy.  November 1, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - Israel and its Western sponsors have admitted to an unprovoked airstrike in Syrian territory this week. This is the latest of several assaults Israeli planes have carried out against neighboring Syria over the past year. CNN, in its report, "Israeli planes strike Syrian military base, U.S. official ...

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Finian Cunningham: Bloody Weekend Explodes Washington’s Contradictions over Al Qaeda and War on Terror

    It was a busier and bloodier weekend than usual for Islamic extremists linked to the Al Qaeda franchise, with hundreds killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Kenya, as well as the ongoing war in Syria, where the same brand of jihadists form the dominant fighting groups trying to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. This synchronicity is unfortunate for Washi ...

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Grant Smith: Five Dirty Tricks AIPAC Uses Against Congress

When you're already the biggest stealth lobby of any foreign government, respecting the law just doesn't pay.  Many lobbyists work aggressively to get their way on Capitol Hill by bundling donor contributions, passing inside information that lawmakers can profit from before ordinary investors and creating a favor bank. Some of those activities are unethical, but surprisingly few are actually il ...

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