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Schoolboy’s Angst over School Shootings chokes up Sarah Sanders, who offers a “Commission” (Video)

“The White House press secretary appeared to become emotional when answering an elementary school reporter’s question about the danger facing childr...   [ continue reading...]

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Rumors of Shakira Israel Concert Cancellation called Incorrect

Lebanon’s Al-Nahar newspaper refuted reports that Shakira had cancelled a performance in Israel before her appearance in Bshareh in Lebanon. There appears...   [ continue reading...]

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If Earth Warms past Paris Limit, those Tropical Islands you Love are in Big Trouble

It’s the world’s poorest people who will suffer the biggest disruptions to their local climate   [ continue reading...]

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Is Roseanne Barr what America has Become?

In a better US, there would be as much discomfort with her Islamophobia as with her disdain for African-Americans.   [ continue reading...]

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Iran gives French Oil Giant a Deadline for Choosing between its NatGas or Trump

Iran's oil minister on Wednesday gave French energy giant Total 60 days to win a sanctions waiver from Washington   [ continue reading...]

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Was the Roseanne Story really more Important than Puerto Rico’s 5,740 Death Toll?

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that that likely range for deaths caused by Hurricane Maria was between 1,506 and 9,889, with 5,740 as...   [ continue reading...]

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After arrest of Feminists, Saudi Arabia sets Harsh Penalties for Sexual Harassment

Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its...   [ continue reading...]

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Terrorizing ourselves Silly: Surreal Pentagon Nightmares underpin $700 bn Budget

New York ( Tomdispatch.com) – For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans nev...   [ continue reading...]

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Israeli Banks in Palestinian West Bank Profit from Squatter Settlements (HRW)

Bankrolling Abuse: Their Role Abets Land Seizures, Rights Abuses   [ continue reading...]

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On Memorial Day, US Troops still Dying in Afghanistan but 1/2 the Country is Lost

The Afghanistan government controls only about half of Afghanistan, 229 of 407 districts. Maybe because it is a bad news story, our Afghanistan War, the longest...   [ continue reading...]

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India stands with Iran against Trump Sanctions

India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Monday did not mince words in delivering a sharp rebuke to US plans for sanctions on trade with Iran,...   [ continue reading...]

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Israel begins construction of sea barrier off Gaza coast

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli government began construction of marine barrier off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, which it says wi...   [ continue reading...]

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Muslim Undocumented Immigrant, Spiderman of Paris, Saves Toddler from Balcony (Video)

“A Malian migrant, Mamoudou Gassama has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor ba...   [ continue reading...]

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Return of the Tall Ships: Sailing for Zero-Carbon Shipping

Melbourne (The Conversation) – On May 10, the 43.5-metre schooner Avontuur arrived in the port of Hamburg. This traditional sailing vessel, built in 1920,...   [ continue reading...]

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Trump’s most Corrupt Cabinet Member is in Trouble, but the Environment is Worse Off

New York (China Dialogue) – Facing 12 investigations, the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency is struggling to keep his job, writes Ta...   [ continue reading...]

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Cliffhanger: Could Turkey’s Authoritarian President Erdogan Actually Lose June Snap Elections?

Istanbul (OpenDemocracy) – The rise of authoritarianism in Turkey has gone hand in hand with a de-institutionalization, in favour of what many call the &l...   [ continue reading...]

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Palestinians in Gaza Plan to Try to Breach Israeli Sea Blockade

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will try to breach Israel’s blockade by boat this week in a fresh challen...   [ continue reading...]

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In Bid to Erase Arab Spring from History, Egyptian Junta Arrests Legendary Blogger Wael Abbas

New York (CPJ) – Egyptian authorities should release immediately Wael Abbas, a blogger who has documented Egyptian police abuse, and end their senseless c...   [ continue reading...]

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Legal? Despite Withdrawal Pledge, Trump’s Massive Mission Creep in Syria

The US is warning Syria against attempting to recover lands lost to rebels south of Damascus. Some of those rebels are ISIL or affiliated in some way to al-Qaed...   [ continue reading...]

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Saudi Arrests: What is Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman up to?

London (al-Bab.com ) – News from Saudi Arabia about the arrests of ten or more rights activists has been viewed with a mixture of shock and surprise in we...   [ continue reading...]

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