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Haneen Zoabi at American Colony Bookshop (February 10, 2013)

Haneen Zoabi, activist and member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) speaks about Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Palestinian cause. The twenty-one m...
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The Invisible Epidemic: Radiation and Rising Rates of Thyroid Cancer

The Invisible Epidemic: Radiation and Rising Rates of Thyroid Cancer | Global politics | Scoop.it
Is it possible for an epidemic to be invisible? Since 1991 the annual number of newly documented cases of thyroid cancer in the United States has skyrocket
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You won't believe what this Saudi blogger has to say about Iran - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

You won't believe what this Saudi blogger has to say about Iran - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Iranian-Saudi freeze claims collateral damage as a popular Saudi blogger studying in Tehran can’t go back to finish her degree.
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Since most Iranians only interact with Saudis during the hajj pilgrimage, Masry said some people she encountered were surprised to find a lone Saudi woman in Iran. This prompted her to explain that not all Saudi families are conservative, as others give their daughters independence. Masry said, “Then they say, ‘But I’ve never seen a Saudi woman with her face uncovered [without niqab].’ I say, ‘It’s not true. The majority in Saudi Arabia don’t cover their faces, just certain cities.’ And they’re like, ‘Really?’ You can just tell they had no idea.”

Masry said she gets similar reactions in Saudi Arabia when she brings up Iran. “Any Saudis I meet, they do a double-take after I tell them I lived in Iran. Suddenly they ask all sorts of questions. ‘What’s it like there?’ ‘What are the people like? Then I get, ‘I had so many good friends in America that were Iranian and we were so close.’



Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/02/iran-saudi-cut-relations-saudi-blogger-sara-masry.html#ixzz3zM0HQVCQ

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Will Turkey, Russia fan flames into an inferno? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Will Turkey, Russia fan flames into an inferno? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Global politics | Scoop.it
Moscow, Ankara ramp up their
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"I Am Ashamed to Be Dutch"

"I Am Ashamed to Be Dutch" | Global politics | Scoop.it
Photo and translation from Dutch by Menno HulshofDutch journalist Joost Niemoller who had conducted an independent investigation of the MH17 crash in Ukraine critical of 'Russia-is-to-blame' version, wrote in his Facebook account: Here a couple of reactions from the Dutch on the crash of the Russian jet today in Egypt. I'm ashamed as a Dutchman 
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Jimmy Carter Says US Controlled by 'Legal Bribery' (Video)

Jimmy Carter Says US Controlled by 'Legal Bribery' (Video) | Global politics | Scoop.it
Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter has taken aim at the "erroneous" Supreme Court ruling that "gives legal bribery a chance to prevail."
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Good Ole Ted Cruz, the Anal Probe

Good Ole Ted Cruz, the Anal Probe | Global politics | Scoop.it
Ted Cruz, the hateful, messianic, mendacious wingnut so creepy he embarrasses his hometown of Calgary, Alberta - a town with a ten-day festival devoted to cowboy hats - boasts in his campaign slogan that he's "Consistent, Conservative, Trusted." Now we can aptly add, "anal probe," thanks to a Google search of the "Trus" in his "TrusTed" logo. Hat tip to Daily Kos. Gawd, we (heart) the GOP.
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How Art History Taught Me That I, A Woman Of Color, Could Create

How Art History Taught Me That I, A Woman Of Color, Could Create | Global politics | Scoop.it
Within the formal study of art history, a small yet potent revolution is stirring.
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   We Don't Need Evidence   :  Information Clearing House - ICH

   We Don't Need Evidence   :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it

We Don't Need Evidence
Russian Aircraft Violated Turkish Airspace -U.S. State Dept

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Lord Haw-Haw - John Kirby, State Department Spokesperson.
U.S. Department of State - Daily Briefing: Feb.01.2016

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Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo 

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo  | Global politics | Scoop.it
“This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.” — Edward Dark,
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Kerry hurriedly assembled a diplomatic mission to convene emergency peace talks in Geneva despite the fact that the various participants had not even agreed to attend. A sense of urgency bordering on panic was palpable from the onset. The goal was never to achieve a negotiated settlement or an honorable peace, but (as Foreign Policy magazine noted) to implement “a broad ‘freeze’ over the whole province of Aleppo, which would then be replicated in other regions later.” This was the real objective, to stop the bleeding any way possible and prevent the inevitable encirclement of Aleppo.

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Corporate criminality Wage theft in America Inc.

Corporate criminality  Wage theft in America Inc. | Global politics | Scoop.it
TV about what's REALLY going on.
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Food service is a low wage profession.

But things are made much worst by one of
the industry's dirty secrets...wage theft.

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Comité Internacional por la Repostulación de Evo Morales Ayma

Comité Internacional por la Repostulación de Evo Morales Ayma | Global politics | Scoop.it
El 21 de febrero es una fecha importante para el proceso de cambio que vive Bolivia. Ese día el pueblo boliviano decide si refrenda una reforma parcial de la Constitución Política del Estado que permita la repostulación del actual Presidente Evo Morales Ayma. 
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The Not-So-Frozen Conflicts on Russia’s Borders | Crisis Group

The Not-So-Frozen Conflicts on Russia’s Borders | Crisis Group | Global politics | Scoop.it
Crisis Group's Europe and Central Asia Program Director Magdalena Grono lays out the framework of the organisation's work on conflicts in the European Eastern neighbourhood, namely the standoffs in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, Nagorno Karabakh and Donbas, where Russia and the EU compete for influence.
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Selfies in Syria: How one Iranian religious singer is showing his support for fighters - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Selfies in Syria: How one Iranian religious singer is showing his support for fighters - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Global politics | Scoop.it
A famous Iranian religious singer who has a close relationship with Iran's hard-liners, says he did not intend for his controversial pictures in Syria to be published.
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No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours | Global politics | Scoop.it
It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war. As the SAA closes in on Aleppo, Russia is paving the way for a new offensive in northern Homs.
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Uncle Sam in Arabia: 'Modernity for Me, but Not for Thee' – Why West Deposes Arab Secularists but Backs Arab Kings

Uncle Sam in Arabia: 'Modernity for Me, but Not for Thee' – Why West Deposes Arab Secularists but Backs Arab Kings | Global politics | Scoop.it
A quick glance at a map of US military bases in the Middle East will immediately tell you that Washington's friends in the region are crowned heads. The Emirs of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE. The Saudi king in Riyad and the Hashemite king of Jordan.Meanwhile its historic chosen enemies in the Arab world have been secularist Arab nationalist regimes. Nasser in Egypt, Hussein in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, Assads in Syria.
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That is seemingly counter-intuitive given the extreme contrast between American domestic system and those of Arab monarchies. Sectarian, clanish and highly ordered and hierarchical they couldn't be farther from the professed American ideal of opportunity, equality and liberty.

Indeed, the ideals of one party Arab nationalist regimes would appear to be much closer to that of America – albeit just as authoritarian as the monarchies they were at least espoused secularism, equality, modernity, mass politics and Westernization - something the monarchs empathically did not.

Truly, can there be any doubt that the ideals of secularist Baathist Syria with its suit-and-tie clad Arab nationalist leaders are far more "Western" than those of absolutist and puritan Wahhabi Saudi Arabia?

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Anti-Putin Opposition Leader Kasyanov Caught with His Pants Down in Strasbourg (Video)

Anti-Putin Opposition Leader Kasyanov Caught with His Pants Down in Strasbourg (Video) | Global politics | Scoop.it
Can we consider to be a legitimate opposition those people who shamelessly and openly help our enemies, who use sanctions and provocations to drive our country into a blockade, like the Nazis when they besieged Leningrad?! They want to exhaust us, and then to dictate us their political will?!

Can we consider to be a legitimate opposition those who embrace Nazis in Kiev, and support the bloodshed in Donbass?! Or, those who emphasize their hatred towards all Russian people, vows to give away our Crimea after coming to power? Or those who call my people “the most difficult” and insist on “the separation of Chechnya” from Russia!?
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Liberals complain that Kadyrov is mean to them, what’s new? They have been viciously attacking Chechnya, since Chechen people started fighting against Takfiri terrorists.

My guess is if you call the West to destroy Russia and kill all the Russians, like Mikhail Kasyanov has done, you’re a “differently-minded” person, in comparison to 140 million Russians who don’t want war, and don’t want liberals.

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Conspiracy theorists claim ancient Greek statue is holding a laptop

Conspiracy theorists claim ancient Greek statue is holding a laptop | Global politics | Scoop.it
Conspiracy theorist claim an ancient Greek sculpture depicts a woman using a 20th century tablet. But historians say it's just a sculpture of a deceased woman reaching for a jewelry box or wax tablet.
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UN Human Rights Chief: To Battle Zika, Uphold Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls

UN Human Rights Chief: To Battle Zika, Uphold Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls | Global politics | Scoop.it
The United Nations human rights office has criticized the recommendation by Zika-affected countries that women not become pregnant, saying that response to the epidemic fails to address the widespread and unjust denial of rights to women and girls.
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According to Gallup polling, people living in Latin American are less likely to say that women are treated with respect and dignity than people living anywhere else in the world. Violence against women is endemic — in Peru, for example, half of women say their first sexual experience was forced. Poverty remainsfeminized. Contraception access is improving, but remains low for adolescents and low-income women in particular. Half of pregnancies are unplanned. Despite the region’s severely restrictive anti-abortion laws, there are an estimated 4.4 million abortions every year in Latin America and the Caribbean, 95 percent of them unsafe. Every year, a million Latin American women end up hospitalized and an estimated 2,000 die from unsafe abortions. Those are epidemics, too, and they’ve been met largely with a shrug.

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Black Lives Shattered: How the Clintons Built Their Legacy on White Supremacy

Black Lives Shattered: How the Clintons Built Their Legacy on White Supremacy | Global politics | Scoop.it
By Amanda Girard on January 30, 2016 The Clinton family likes to portray themselves as champions of black Americans. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Going back almost three decades, the Cl…
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   The IMF Changes its Rules to Isolate China and Russia   :  Information Clearing House - ICH

   The IMF Changes its Rules to Isolate China and Russia   :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Global politics | Scoop.it

By Michael Hudson - Guns and Butter

 

Dr. Hudson discusses his paper, The IMF Changes Its Rules To Isolate China and Russia; implications of the four policy changes at the International Monetary Fund in its role as enforcer of inter-government debts; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an alternative military alliance to NATO; the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) threatens to replace the IMF and World Bank; the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty; the China International Payments System (CIPS); WTO investment treaties; Ukraine and Greece; different philosophies of development between east and west; break up of the post WWII dollarized global financial system; the world dividing into two camps.

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M of A - Syria's Enemies Seek Face Saving Escalation Measures

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NATO will restrain Turkey from such a misguided adventure. It could mean war with Russia and no European NATO country would like that to happen. Without NATO backing the Turkish military is unlikely to follow the order for such a move.

The Russia revelation of the Turkish preparations is increasing the deterrence against such a move. It also means that Russia would react harshly against a Turkish invasion and surely Russia has demonstrated by now that it has the means to do so in decisive ways.

But even while Turkey is unlikely to send its army it may use a proxy force to capture more Syrian territory.

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Article: Giving Peace Very Little Chance

Article: Giving Peace Very Little Chance | Global politics | Scoop.it
Article: Giving Peace Very Little Chance - What the next U.S. president can do to bring endless warfare to an end is one of the most important issues of Campaign 2016, but it is getting only a cursory treatment in debates as politicians seem to fear neocon wrath if they seek peace, writes Robert Parry.
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Lo que usted no ha leído sobre las primarias en Iowa

Lo que usted no ha leído sobre las primarias en Iowa | Global politics | Scoop.it
Las elecciones primarias en Iowa, de los llamados partidos republicano y demócrata, celebradas el día 1 de febrero, han sido ampliamente cubiertas por la prensa estadounidense y por la de otros países, incluyendo la de Cuba. 
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