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Looking Back: Six Years of American Hell-Raising in Syria

The Syrian people, who have demonstrated remarkable courage and perseverance in the face of formidable challenges that would have crushed a lesser people, are forced to observe yet another bloodstained milestone they neither want nor deserve. Six long years ago, Syria was caught up in the 'Arab Spring,' a Middle East maelstrom that tossed this …

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After Mosul: The Coming Break-Up of Iraq and the End of the Middle East

The battle against IS is a war no one will win. Here's the real battle we should be worrying about - and fighting All eyes are on the battle for Mosul. Will the coalition defeat the Islamic State (IS) or not? In the end, it won't matter. If we have learned anything from the last …

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UN Report: Israel has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’

Report breaks new ground on the UN's examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word 'apartheid'. A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole". The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and …

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Former South Sudanese Vice President and current U.S. and Ethiopian-backed rebel leader, Riek Machar, with President Salva Kiir

US-backed South Sudanese Regime Organizing Genocidal Crimes

The South Sudan civil war, which erupted in December 2013, is assuming an increasingly genocidal character, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). In the course of the war, both the US-backed government led by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and President Salva Kiir, and SPLA opposition faction led by Vice …

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The Kagans are Back; Wars to Follow

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency. Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. …

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Is Turkey Lost to the West?

Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands was full of “Nazi remnants” and “fascists,” and suggested the Dutch ambassador go …

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Erdogan and EU Go Off Rails – a Plague on Both Their Houses

The extraordinary war of words erupting between Turkey and the European Union is pushing already strained relations to breaking point. Ankara has banned all Dutch diplomats from its territory after the Netherlands banished Turkish ministers from holding political rallies, while deploying heavy-handed policing to break up the rallies. Now with the rest of the EU expressing solidarity …

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Israeli Air Force Carries Out Airstrikes on Gaza Strip

On the night of Thursday (March 16, 2017), the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported, citing a statement of the Israel Defense Forces’ press service. According to the report, two targets in the northern part of the strip were attacked. According to …

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