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Algerian siege: Hostage situation ends with scores of hostages and militants dead - reports — RT

Algerian siege: Hostage situation ends with scores of hostages and militants dead - reports — RT | Global politics | Scoop.it
The hostage rescue operation at an Algerian gas facility is over, a state news agency reported. At least 30 hostages, including seven foreigners, were killed during the siege, a security source said.
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Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria

Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria | Global politics | Scoop.it
Jihadists flush with arms and relying on shock tactics abduct Europeans and Japanese national as US strikes continue
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Israeli airstrikes kill 38 despite Palestinian ceasefire offer

Israeli airstrikes kill 38 despite Palestinian ceasefire offer | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Germany: Russia sanctions, Ukraine probably contributed to second-quarter contraction

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German economy's surprise second-quarter contraction was probably due to Russian sanctions and confidence being eroded by the Ukraine crisis as well as the comparison with a bumper
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Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs

Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs | Global politics | Scoop.it
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The deteriorating economic situation in Ukraine, the growing demoralisation of supporters of the Kiev regime and the gradual development of a partisan movement on government-controlled territory together herald a new phase in a civil war that will clearly extend far beyond the boundaries of the south-east.

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Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate | TomDispatch | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Think of the new “caliphate” of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's gift to the world (with a helping hand from the Saudis and other financiers of extremism in the Persian Gulf).  How strange that they get so little credit for its rise, for the fact that the outlines of the Middle East, as set up by Europe’s colonial powers in the wake of World War I, are being swept aside in a tide of blood.

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The Roots of the Iraq and Syria Wars Go Back More than 60 Years

The Roots of the Iraq and Syria Wars Go Back More than 60 Years | Global politics | Scoop.it
It’s Always Been about Oil and Pipelines The same issues which drove war and terrorism in the Middle East in the 1930s and 1940s are still driving it today The best way to see this is to start with...
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43 killed in fresh confrontation in eastern Ukraine - Xinhua | English.news.cn

43 killed in fresh confrontation in eastern Ukraine - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Global politics | Scoop.it
At least 43 people, including 34 civilians,were killed during the battles in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours, authorities said Wednesday.
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Ukrainian MP calls on West to provide military aid to Ukraine

Ukrainian MP calls on West to provide military aid to Ukraine | Global politics | Scoop.it
Baku. Zumrud Pashayeva – APA. “This is dangerous not only for Ukraine. it’s a threat to Europe and a new war against NATO”.
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Take Action: Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign

Take Action: Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign | Global politics | Scoop.it
Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar is being ordered deported to Jericho by occupation forces. Take action today to stand with Khalida!
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Pentagon calls Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

Pentagon calls Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen' | Global politics | Scoop.it
US Defense Secretary said on Thursday that Islamic State militants could possibly pose an even bigger threat to the United States than Al-Qaeda, and pledged efforts to weaken the group would continue.
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Like Dr Frankestein, they created the monster, and fed it, taught him to kill... And now they complain, but are unable to make their mea culpa. After all the innocent populations they have slaughtered in Syria and Iraq, they find out the truth, a grotesque mirror image of their own ruthless nature, only the Pentagon uses sophisticated technology, and their thugs just the blade!

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Russian humanitarian convoy enters Ukraine en route to Lugansk

Russian humanitarian convoy enters Ukraine en route to Lugansk | Global politics | Scoop.it
Several dozen trucks in the Russian humanitarian convoy have crossed the Ukrainian border and started moving in the direction of Lugansk, after Moscow ordered the convoy to proceed, without waiting for further permission from Kiev.
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Bravo! Finally a bold Russian decision. We'll see now if the Kiev Fascists will bomb it, and what their US masters say. Predictably the Russians won't stay just looking on.

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Why isn't Ukraine a cause for Hollywood celebrities?

Why isn't Ukraine a cause for Hollywood celebrities? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Finding a celebrity with a cause is about as easy as finding a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, but they are thin on the ground for the refugees fleeing the Ukrainian civil war.
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Billionaire Branson, fellow business leaders offer support to end violence in Ukraine

Billionaire Branson, fellow business leaders offer support to end violence in Ukraine | Global politics | Scoop.it
Billionaire Richard Branson and fellow business tycoons have offered “whatever support we can” to end the conflict in Ukraine and prevent the return of the “cold war misery of the past.”
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'Our brother died a martyr fighting in Syria'

'Our brother died a martyr fighting in Syria' | Global politics | Scoop.it
British Muslim Iftikhar Jaman died fighting in Syria. He has gained a cult following and his death is being eulogised by some in his community. His family speaks exclusively to Channel 4 News.
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Russian Humanitarian Convoy May Proceed to Luhansk on Friday

Russian Humanitarian Convoy May Proceed to Luhansk on Friday | Global politics | Scoop.it
Ukrainian border guards have begun inspecting the Russian humanitarian convoy with tons of food, medicine and other basic necessities for the people of Donbas.
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The Rutherford Institute :: Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy

The Rutherford Institute :: Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy | Global politics | Scoop.it
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The ICC Should Live Up To Its Mandate

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Under pressure from the US and the European Community, the ICC has avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are | Global politics | Scoop.it
For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their people to “Know Your Enemy”. The problem with the Isis “Caliphate” – and it is a big problem for President Obama after journalist James Foley’s murder – is that we don’t know who it is. We are told of its butchery, cruelty, its kidnapping of women, its burying alive, its viciousness towards Christians and Yazidis and its public beheadings, but that is all. Even the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, comes across as a mad combination of the Mahdi who murdered Gordon of Khartoum, the assassinated Osama bin Laden and Oliver Cromwell, who did to the civilians of Drogheda what the Muslim Lord Protector al-Baghdadi has done to his enemies.
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There are two truths that the West is going to have to face about al-Baghdadi’s savage and dotty “Caliphate”: these executioners began their careers – or their predecessors did – in the video-murderers of the anti-American resistance in Iraq; and however disgusting their activities, there are hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims who live in the area of the Caliphate and who have NOT fled for their lives. 

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OpEdNews Article: Article: The killer on the (Saudi) king's highway

OpEdNews Article: Article: The killer on the (Saudi) king's highway | Global politics | Scoop.it
Why did Islamic State, formerly ISIS, become winners? Because the "West" regimented, schooled, trained, logistically helped and weaponized most of IS's Takfiri goons with a mission at hand: to destroy Syria. The "West" lauded them as "Syrian rebels." Freedom fighters.
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And why did Islamic State, formerly ISIS, become winners? Because the "West" regimented, schooled, trained, logistically helped and weaponized most of IS's Takfiri goons with a mission at hand: to destroy Syria. The "West" lauded them as "Syrian rebels." Freedom fighters. 

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Over 2,700 policemen dismissed in Donetsk, Luhansk regions - ministry

Over 2,700 policemen dismissed in Donetsk, Luhansk regions - ministry | Global politics | Scoop.it
A total of 2,717 police officers have been dismissed in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and this process will continue, Anton Heraschenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, has said.
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Popular Resistance: to live now

Popular Resistance: to live now | Global politics | Scoop.it
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TFF PressInfo: Support Richard Branson’s Ukraine dialogue initiative

TFF PressInfo: Support Richard Branson’s Ukraine dialogue initiative | Global politics | Scoop.it
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469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF | Global politics | Scoop.it
At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.”
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Of course the US supported all this, and cheered! Like the bombings on Donetsk and Lugansk. So much for human rights!!! But we see what their rulers do in Ferguson...

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​‘No helping hand from the West when ISIS killed only Syrians, Iraqis and Christians’

​‘No helping hand from the West when ISIS killed only Syrians, Iraqis and Christians’ | Global politics | Scoop.it
There is no talk about value of human lives in the war with ISIS, there is only geopolitics, and nobody in the West thinks about helping Christians or arming the Iraqi army, German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter told RT.
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War in east Ukraine to leave economy in ashes. Who will pay for recovery?

War in east Ukraine to leave economy in ashes. Who will pay for recovery? | Global politics | Scoop.it
The turmoil in eastern Ukraine has devastated the economy, putting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other Western backers under pressure to save the sinking financial wreck.
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