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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...


U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   


A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .


Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.


Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...


With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...


Growing support for suicide terrorism


ANALYSIS: Iraq Was A War of Choice

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Predicted to bring mayhem to Iraq and increase British vulnerability to al-Qaeda, the UK's role in the Iraq war was Tony Blair's choice

By David Morrison and Peter Oborne - Middle East Eye

“We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.”

That is the devastating conclusion of the Iraq inquiry, set out by Sir John Chilcot in his statement launching the inquiry report on 6 July 2016.

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A Letter from Germany

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By Linh Dinh

A friend in Frankfurt emailed me on July 19th:

It is sheer madness what is happening here… The noose is tightening and yet—it is still only the beginning… What took place in some dull regional express close to Würzburg, a town in Franconia in the middle of Germany, was—in some respect—like a watershed event—just like the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

The mantra from above is still “Islam belongs to Germany” or “We will make it (in regards to the Refugee Crisis)” but there are fewer and fewer people buying it—which does NOT mean that more people are getting it—but I will come to this later.

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Behind Turkey’s Failed Coup and its Puzzling Aftermath

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Analysis by Jacques N. Couvas - IDN-InDepthNews

The fourth and latest military coup in the history of the Turkish Republic ended at 8:02 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, less than 24 hours after it had begun. It was bloody. And it failed.

Hardly a week later, the state of emergency has been declared, tens of thousands of state and military personnel have been dismissed and three million servants recalled from holidays.

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Turkey's 'Arab Spring' moment: No Sisi and No More Gulen

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Eric Walberg – Interviewed by Lachin Rezaian - Mehr News

The Author argues that turning back the coup, thanks to social media and mass demonstrations, is Turkey's very own "Arab Spring".

"Fortunately for Erdogan, unlike in Egypt, the army was no longer the monolith it was in Kemalist days, headed by a ruthless general eager to crush the fledgling democracy," he said.

Who do you think are the main and real perpetrators of plotting attempted coup in Turkey?

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This Europe Isn’t MY Europe

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By Peter Van Els - Wake Up World

The EU is a precarious subject these days. Both backers and detractors are subject to harsh criticism, and those wanting to leave the EU are habitually labelled as populists or nationalists. However, this Europe, with its undeniable capitalist and neoliberal penchants, isn’t MY Europe, or at least not the Europe I once knew it to be. That is why, as it stands, I vehemently oppose the present shape of the European Union.

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A New Tapestry in Manhattan Dining

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By Raj Rangarajan

To be Updated...

Why Hillary Clinton’s Email Case Is Still Not Closed

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By Eric Zuesse – Strategic Culture Foundation

Normally, when the head of the FBI under one President says something like “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case”, as the FBI reported regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, that would be the end of the matter; but Clinton actually still isn’t off the prosecutorial hook of this criminal case, unless and until she becomes President herself.

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Trump Writes Himself Off by Choosing Pence

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By Eric Zuesse – Washingtons Blog

Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential nominee-to-be, has effectively ended his chances to become U.S. President, by his choice of the idiot Mike Pence to be his Vice Presidential choice.

Pence’s only articles about his vision for the nation and for the Republican Party were published at his campaign site “Mike Pence for Congress,” between 1991 and the year 2000, when he finally won a seat in Congress. So, the quotations here will be from that time.

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The Right to Vote - Effectively

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Why Was “The Right to Vote” Omitted From the U.S. Constitution?

By William Cox - Global Research

With their government under the control of corporations and special interests, the People of the United States may think they have the right to vote, but, unfortunately, they do not. When the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written, the authors intentionally omitted this very significant detail. They failed to include the right to vote, and the error has never been corrected.

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Can The United States Transcend White Supremacy?

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By Robert Jensen – Crossing Genres /

Facing what seems like an endless stream of news about racialized conflicts and violence, many people call for us to get beyond our history and find solutions for today, concrete actions we can take immediately, ways of expressing love right now to help us cope with the pain.

This yearning is understandable, but it’s just as important that we grapple with history, realize the inadequacy of any actions we might take today, and accept the limits of love in the face of political and economic realities. Better that we start with a harsh, but honest, assessment: The United States has always been, and likely always will be, a white-supremacist country.

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July 4, 1852 Speech is A Speech For Us All Today:

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Speech of Frederick Douglass
- A former slave himself, he became a leader in the 19th Century Abolitionist Movement

By Nicholas C Arguimbau

If the Constitution today benefits only the one % , we must not express our anger at the document but only at those who would limit it and prevent it from being expanded. Because if in our anger we abandon the document, what do we have left?

His understanding and analysis of the complex country and its culture is more complete and balanced than most.  Known as a dazzling orator, he had this to say in a 4th of July address in 1852.

Read Frederick Douglass’ speech

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