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UK minister: 'Assailant shot by police after attack' Scenes of carnage on Westminster Bridge near parliament as London police investigate 'terrorist incident'.
Deadly air raid hits refugee shelter near Raqqa: SOHR Activists say a suspected US-led coalition air raid struck a school sheltering displaced people near ISIL-held Raqqa.
Multiple bomb blasts rock Nigeria's Maiduguri At least three people killed and 18 others wounded by explosions at a refugee camp in Maiduguri, officials say.
Trump administration to host first anti-ISIL meeting US to host first meeting under Trump administration of 68 countries working to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

One Hundred Years of the Balfour Declaration

Balfour DeclarationBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Britain will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration later this year. The Conservative Party leader addressed her party’s “Friends of Israel” faction and declared that the Balfour Declaration was “one of the most important letters in history” while pledging that her government would celebrate it “with pride.”

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Trump and the Anti-Semites

bannon-kushnerMy local newspaper is the Philadelphia Inquirer, and when I looked at the front page (the part “above the fold”) for 28 February 2017, it read: “A Rash of Anti-Semitism  - ‘Something Bad is Happening in Our Country.’” The attending article went on to report on several instances of Jewish cemetery desecrations and 21 bomb threats made on Monday 27 February to synagogues and Jewish community centers. Nationwide, there have been 90 such threats in 30 states and Canada in 2017.

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Socialist Socilast philosopher and sociologist Dag Østerberg (1938-2017)

Østerberg was deeply attracted to the works of the influential French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. He had a profound understanding of Sartre’s philosophy of existentialism.

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If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

Jewish history is a chain of disasters: inquisitions, holocausts and pogroms. Time after time, throughout their history, Jews find themselves discriminated against, persecuted and expelled and, to most Jews, this continuum of tragedy is largely a mystery. Yet one would expect that Jews, clever people for sure, would peer into their past, understand it and take whatever measures...

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Spreading the Gospel: Asian Leaders Wary of Saudi Religious Diplomacy

Saudi effort, has fostered across the Muslim world greater conservatism, anti-Shiite and anti-Ahmadi sectarianism, intolerance, and a roll back of basic freedoms through among others tough anti-blasphemy laws.

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The Most Moral Army

A few days ago I happened upon an excellent British movie, "Testament of Youth", based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain.

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Women and the army

With such rabbis, who needs Trump? - Women enter tanks and military prison

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Angela Merkel is not the great progressive messiah

Trump's populism needs to be defeated, but pinning all hopes on false saviours like Merkel is not the way to do it.

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Trump Presidency, Brexit and Muslims

By and large, the Muslims were at ease with America. Except for the African Muslims who were brought to America as slaves and persecuted as slaves.

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Prepare Now for Blowback

By this time it has become painfully obvious that Donald Trump is going to follow the interventionist road in the Middle East that Republicans and Democrats have been following ever since the Cold War ended in 1989.

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Things to Keep in Mind During the Health Care Debate

As the debate proceeds over what should succeed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), here are a few basic ideas to keep in mind.

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China–Pakistan Economic Corridor

CPEC's potential impact on Pakistan has been likened to that of the Marshall Plan undertaken by the United States in post-war Europe. Economic corridor comprising a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of $54 billion. Corridor stretching from the Chinese border to Pakistan's deep water ports on the Arabian Sea date back to the 1950s, and motivated construction...

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Just Do It

The English language has a healthy share of euphemisms for lying. Fabrication. Falsification. Making stuff up. Inoperative statements. Alternative facts. Big fat fibs. Untruths. Spinning. Puffery. Flummery. Fast food advertising. NFL owner profit/ loss statements.

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Trump, the CIA, and Those Still Secret JFK Records

This Thursday, March 16, at 1 p.m., the Justice Integrity Project is hosting a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that will feature U.S. District Judge John Tunheim and other speakers.

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