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After NATO Strike Kills 8 Afghan Women, Pundits Still Wonder: Why Do They Hate Us? | FAIR Blog

The protests and violence in Egypt, Libya and Yemen have caused a notable uptick in media discussions about, as Newsweek‘s cover puts it, “Muslim Rage.” Part of the corporate media’s job is to make sure real political grievances are mostly kept out of the discussion. It’s a lot easier to talk about angry mobs and their peculiar religion than it ...

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A Preventable Massacre | NYTimes.com

By SETH ANZISKA ON the night of Sept. 16, 1982, the Israeli military allowed a right-wing Lebanese militia to enter two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. In the ensuing three-day rampage, the militia, linked to the Maronite Christian Phalange Party, raped, killed and dismembered at least 800 civilians, while Israeli flares illuminated the camps’ narrow and darkened alleyways. Nearly all ...

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Anti-western violence gripping the Arab world has little to do with a film | guardian.co.uk

The maelstrom of anti-western violence in the Arab world has little to do with an anti-Islam propaganda film released on YouTube. It has more to do with decades of perceived western imperialism – and the organisational skills of the Salafis, known for their no-compromise, literal interpretation of the faith. Such rightwing Islamists were wrongfooted by the Arab spring. For years, ...

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US, Israeli Attacks Would Push Iran Toward Nukes by Jim Lobe | Antiwar.com

By Jim Lobe and Jasmin Ramsey While U.S. or Israeli air strikes may delay the building by Iran of a nuclear weapon, they are unlikely to prevent it altogether and could well prove counter-productive, according to a major new report signed by nearly three dozen former top U.S. foreign-policy makers, military officers, and independent experts. The 56-page report, “Weighing Benefits ...

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Protests over anti-Islam video grip Middle East and spread beyond | GlobalPost

Protest activity over anti-Islam footage produced in the United States swelled today, with reports of unrest in Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, India’s Kashmir, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood earlier called for a “Million Man March” against the video today, but reportedly canceled the event an hour beforehand — a move that may have ...

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Organizer Maggie Martin is interviewed about our work at Fort Hood, 11 years into America’s longest war | Iraq Veterans Against the War

This article by Sarah Lazare published by War Times on September 9th 2012 features an interview with IVAW organizer Maggie Martin and offers insight into our powerful organizing work at Fort Hood. Please read and share the article widely. Illuminating the Way: Antiwar veterans organize at largest military base in U.S. As the war in Afghanistan drags through its eleventh ...

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Humiliation and Rage in Libya: The Driving Force Behind Anti-Americanism | Counterpunch

by VIJAY PRASHAD Al-Nass (The People), and other television channels of “Satellite Salafism,” broadcast news of a year old mediocre film trailer about the life of the Prophet Mohammad, made by an Israeli-Californian and championed by a Florida-based Christian pastor. Across the waters, radicals spurred each other on. The reactions in Cairo and Benghazi were swift. Crowds formed in front ...

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Turkey Is No Partner for Peace | Foreign Affairs

At first glance, it appears that the United States and Turkey are working hand in hand to end the Syrian civil war. On August 11, after meeting with Turkish officials, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement that the two countries’ foreign ministries were coordinating to support the Syrian opposition and bring about a democratic transition. In Ankara ...

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Sections of Taliban ready to accept US presence in Afghanistan: report | guardian.co.uk

Some senior Taliban figures are ready to negotiate a ceasefire and might be ready to accept a long-term US military presence in Afghanistan as part of a comprehensive peace deal, according to a report to be published on Monday based on interviews with Taliban officials and negotiators. The report, published by the Royal United Services Institute, finds that the Taliban ...

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Inside the CIA Dossier on Iraq | Counterpunch

Why Desmond Tutu is Right About Bush & Blair by VIJAY PRASHAD Last week, Bishop Desmond Tutu was to sit beside former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at the cringingly named Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tutu, one of the main moral voices in the anti-Apartheid struggle, decided to withdraw. He could not stand to sit next ...

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Syrian Opposition Hopes Russia Helps Resolve Conflict | RIA Novosti

Russia could put pressure on the Syrian authorities to help resolve the conflict in the country, Fathi Jamous, leader of the Coalition Forces for Peaceful Change in Syria, said on Wednesday during a news conference at RIA Novosti. “I think Russia could influence our regime by forcing it to take a number of necessary steps,” he said. The legal Syrian ...

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