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House passes bill adding barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees entering US

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House of Representatives approves legislation making entry even more difficult for refugees, but Obama has said he will veto and Senate is unlikely to vote on it The Guardian – Ben Jacobs in Washington The House of Representatives has approved legislation that would make it even more difficult for refugees from Syria and Iraq to enter the United States, in a major rebuke to the Obama administration’s refugee policy. With almost unanimous support from Republicans and 47 Democrats voting in ... Read More »

Pollard, spy for Israel, released from prison after 30 years

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Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst turned spy for Israel, walked out of a North Carolina prison before dawn Friday, ending one of the thorniest points of friction between the United States and its close ally. The Washington Post – Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash Pollard, 61, was freed on parole, almost to the day 30 years after he was arrested when he was turned out from the Israeli Embassy, where he and his wife, Anne, had sought asylum ... Read More »

More Mexico migrants leaving US than arriving – study

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More Mexicans are leaving the US than migrating there, reversing a longstanding flow, a study has found. BBC More than one million Mexicans and their families, including US-born children, returned to Mexico from 2009 to 2014 after living in the US, the report by Pew Research Center found. Meanwhile, only 870,000 Mexicans moved in to US during the same time period, creating a net loss of 140,000 people. An uneven economic recovery in the US was cited as a reason ... Read More »

Israel to push ahead with 454 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

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‘The terrorist was shot and killed; that is the right response’ Israelis and Palestinians turn their eyes to Jerusalem after a bloody week Jerusalem:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a government official. The building of 436 of the housing units, in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo on land Israel occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was approved in 2012, but ... Read More »

Residents of D.C. homeless camp distressed as city moves to clear site

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Owen Makel couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think, felt the lights going out. The 64-year-old with a thick white beard had just found out that he will soon have to leave a large encampment of homeless people living in tents near an overpass in Northwest Washington — his home for four months. The news Tuesday morning left him so bewildered, he said, he nearly fainted and had to go to George Washington University Hospital. The Washington Post – By Terrence McCoy “How ... Read More »

Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian refugee

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The destruction of Syria due to a civil war conflict and the rise of ISIS has led to an impassioned debate as to whether the United States should act as a world leader by allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate into the country. Daily News Bin – By Bill Palmer All the usual arguments are being made by political conservatives against such a move: What if they’re untrustable? What if they’re incompatible with our way of life? What if they take ... Read More »

Cuba–US Relations and the Perspicacity of Fidel Castro’s Thinking

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In an online interview with an alternative US-based website published on January 7, 2015, I was asked about my take on the seeming rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. With regard to the December 17, 2014 announcement, I responded: “On that December 17, the situation caused me to think of the public statement Fidel Castro made to his followers on January 8, 1959, just eight days after the triumph of the Revolution: ‘This is a decisive moment in our ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger’s genocidal legacy: Vietnam, Cambodia and the birth of American militarism

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Nixon introduced us to permanent, extrajudicial war in Southeast Asia, and it continues today in the Middle East Salon – Greg Grandin, This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying each other’s company, ... Read More »

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition

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Cross-posted with In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. The Huffington Post – Greg Grandin, Professor of History, New York University In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying each other’s company, looking for all the world like a twenty-first-century geopolitical version of Katherine Hepburn and ... Read More »

A Putin Ally Is Found Dead in a U.S. Hotel

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WASHINGTON — The police here said on Saturday that the department was continuing an investigation into the death of Mikhail Lesin, a former aide to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who helped design the government’s takeover of independent media in that country. Mr. Lesin was found in a high-end hotel here on Thursday morning. The New York Times – By NICHOLAS FANDOS * Mr. Lesin, who the police said was 59, was found with no signs of life about ... Read More »

US moves to increase intake of Syrian refugees

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The Obama administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday. Christian Today – Reuters The move comes after President Barack Obama pledged in September to admit an additional 10,000 refugees in 2016 from Syria, torn by four years of civil war and disorder. The US State Department confirmed the plans to open a ... Read More »

Obama’s Rejection of Keystone XL Is Victory, But That’s Not the Whole Story

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‘The black snake, Keystone XL, has been defeated and best believe we will dance to our victory!’ Common Dreams – by Common Dreams staff President Obama’s official rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday was met with grand applause from those who opposed the project and organizers who worked tirelessly, despite long odds, to force the adminstration’s hand. However, even as celebrations were enjoyed and an evening rally was scheduled outside the White House, there’s more to this story ... Read More »

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State

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The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media. By Paul Craig Roberts The consequences of the deceit, gullibility, and betrayal are horrendous for Americans, for millions of peoples in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, and for Washington’s European vassals. The consequences for Americans are an aborted Constitution, a ... Read More »

Rand Paul will filibuster debt ceiling bill

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  DENVER — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has called it a “slap in the face to conservatives.” Likely speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said the process that created it “stinks.” But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first Republican to pledge outright that he’ll try to scuttle the compromise debt limit bill designed to kick any tough new vote into 2017. The Washington Post – By David Weigel * “I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill,” Paul ... Read More »

How a High Dollar Speech Sends a former Israeli Prime Minister to US Federal Court on Claims of War Crimes

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Ehud Barak has been accused of war crimes for his involvement in the murders of ten passengerson the Mavi Marmara in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Foreign Policy Journal – by Ann Wright Serving legal documents on high visibility persons who have been involved in international criminal acts is very difficult. However, the temptation of large honoraria for speeches in the United States tripped up a former Israeli Prime Minister who has been accused of war crimes for his involvement ... Read More »

Benghazi: What Neither Hillary Nor the Republicans Want To Talk About

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As I write this, Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the House panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans is still going on. I wasn’t able to listen to all of it live, and will plow through the transcript in due course. © Antiwar – by James George Jatras Two things already are notable: one concerning the impact of the hearing itself – plus another aspect marked only by the sound of crickets chirping. First, as one would have ... Read More »