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How did he die?

How did he die? | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
LAST year the annual memorial for Yasser Arafat, Palestine’s first president and founding father, was a wash-out. Bad weather deterred more than 200...
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Egypt hails renewed military ties with Russia

Egypt hails renewed military ties with Russia | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
General Abdel al-Sisi welcomes new era of co-operation with Moscow, but does not announce any deals after Russian visit.
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Living in fear of Baghdad's dirty squad - Al Jazeera Blogs

Living in fear of Baghdad's dirty squad - Al Jazeera Blogs | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Shadowy anti-terrorism force is state answer to rising sectarian violence. But many fear its extra-judicial tactics.
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"... there is a special government unit that arrests people and uses interrogation methods beyond those of the army and police. He, like many in Baghdad, calls this shadowy force the "dirty squad".


Beyond the army and police? The army and police beat, starve, electrocute, sodomize and more. What could this "dirty force" possibly do beyond these examples?

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Lieberman sworn in as Israel foreign minister

Lieberman sworn in as Israel foreign minister | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Far-right politician welcomed back into government by prime minister Netanyahu after being cleared of fraud.
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Same as it ever was

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ليفني: مارست الجنس مع عريقات وعبد ربه.. والكاميرات تصور!

ليفني: مارست الجنس مع عريقات وعبد ربه.. والكاميرات تصور! | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
في فضيحة جديدة تهدد المستقبل السياسي لاثنين من كبار القادة الفلسطينيين، اعترفت وزيرة الخارجية الإسرائيلية السابقة تسيبي ليفني أنها مارست الجنس مع صائب عريقات رئيس لجنة التفاوض الفلسطينية مع إسرائيل، ومع ياسر عبد ربه.~وذكرت صحيفة الديار اللبنانية...
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Egypt and the US: Everything is just fine

Egypt and the US: Everything is just fine | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Egypt is back in the good graces of Washington's leaders and its lobbyists.
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280 members resign from Egypt's Socialist Popular Alliance Party - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

280 members resign from Egypt's Socialist Popular Alliance Party - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
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Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth? TV Show BBC FOUR | Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth? Online Series Summary

Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth? TV Show BBC FOUR | Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth? Online Series Summary | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth?: Watch episodes, get the latest news and read Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth? recaps, cast, Air Dates and much more
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Discredited definition of anti-Semitism no longer in use, says BBC

Discredited definition of anti-Semitism no longer in use, says BBC | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
A 2005 working paper never formally rubber-stamped by the European Union is still being cited by Israel advocates.
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Gaza chokes as Egypt's economic garotte tightens

Gaza chokes as Egypt's economic garotte tightens | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
With the network of underground supply tunnels rapidly being shut down, prices have soared for Palestinians in the Strip
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Viva el Orouba! 

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Kissinger and Chile: In an Age of Vigilantes, There Is Cause for Optimism

Kissinger and Chile: In an Age of Vigilantes, There Is Cause for Optimism | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
The National Security Archive has posted documents that reveal much about Henry Kissinger's role in the crushing of the democratic government of Chile in 1973.
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Tunisian girls return home pregnant after ‘sexual jihad’ in Syria

Tunisian girls return home pregnant after ‘sexual jihad’ in Syria | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
A number of Tunisian girls who had travelled to Syria to perform “sexual jihad” there ha
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Egypt's Morsi calls his removal treason

Egypt's Morsi calls his removal treason | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Deposed president says through volunteer lawyers he was kidnapped by military a day before announcement of his toppling.
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N Korea denies giving military aid to Syria

N Korea denies giving military aid to Syria | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
North Korea denies "foreign media reports" it is sending helicopter pilots and advisers to help Syrian government.
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Government officials deny...

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Israel ex-FM Lieberman on trial for fraud

Israel ex-FM Lieberman on trial for fraud | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Key ally of Binyamin Netanyahu accused of promoting diplomat in return for information on police probe into his affairs.
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See?

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Egypt's 'Committee of 50' re-writes the constitution — again | Al Jazeera America

Egypt's 'Committee of 50' re-writes the constitution — again | Al Jazeera America | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Group faces Herculean task on short deadline
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Don't kick them out of the room. Kick them out of the city. Go and live like the prophet (PB&J) with no electricity or cars or evil temptations of the modern world. The Egyptian government should take a page from the Israeli government and support the religious (un)fun- dies in their quest for a pure religious life. Let them move to the desert. Subsidize their water and land. And when they've managed to bring the environment under control and actually grow something - take the land and push them further.

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The Glover Park Group :: The Public Opinion Landscape - International Affairs

The Glover Park Group :: The Public Opinion Landscape - International Affairs | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
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Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid - Telegraph

Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid - Telegraph | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Syrian opposition points finger at Russia for "blocking humanitarian aid" from reaching those in need
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BBC screens "emotive" program on Jerusalem -- seven months after pulling it

BBC screens "emotive" program on Jerusalem -- seven months after pulling it | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Film-maker has alleged that program was dropped because of “conscious or unconscious” political pressure.
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Insight: Militant financing case puts Israel and China in spotlight

Insight: Militant financing case puts Israel and China in spotlight | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Long determined to deprive Islamist groups of funding, Israel has unexpectedly hit the brakes in a U.S.
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Jawadi: Al Sisi negotiates a "secure exit" for himself with the Americans

Jawadi: Al Sisi negotiates a "secure exit" for himself with the Americans | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
The prominent Egyptian historian and political analyst, Dr Muhammad Jawadi, has claimed that Egypt's defence minister, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has asked the Americans to provide him with a secure exit.
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Dear Israeli Right: This Is What Anti-Semitism Means

Dear Israeli Right: This Is What Anti-Semitism Means | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Right-wing Israeli politicians are calling E.U. sanctions against West Bank settlements 'the new anti-Semitism.' Emily Hauser explains why this tactic is so offensive.
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Egyptian court orders $14.4 million bail for steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz

Egyptian court orders $14.4 million bail for steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of Egyptian steel mogul Ahmed Ezz on bail worth $14.4 milli
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Former Congresswoman Lauds Syria's 'Free Health Care' After Meeting Assad

Former Congresswoman Lauds Syria's 'Free Health Care' After Meeting Assad | Elephant Talk | Scoop.it
Writing on Facebook from Damascus, Cynthia McKinney, a Georgia Democrat, also saluted Syrians who offered themselves as human shields to protect government military installations in the event of American air strikes.
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