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Ethiopia: Grenade attack caused blast at rally for PM Abiy Ahmed One person killed, scores wounded after grenade attack hits large rally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa.
Iraq: 45 ISIL members killed in Syria air raids Iraqi military says it struck meeting of ISIL leaders in Hajin region, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Az Zor.
UK: Tens of thousands of anti-Brexit protesters call for new vote Pro-EU demonstrators in London demand a second public vote on Britain's EU membership, two years after referendum.
Blast rocks Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rally Zimbabwe's president condemns 'senseless act of violence' after surviving explosion at ruling party's campaign rally.

The Republican Party Falls Apart, the Democrats Get Stuck

tramp-cartoonThe Republican Party has been falling apart for at least 54 years. The official start of this process can be dated to 1964, when the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater captured the GOP nomination for president. When asked his plans if elected, he replied, “I do not plan to pass laws. I plan to repeal them.”  That was a signal that he was intent on changing the role of government. His goal was to narrow the government down to the basic tasks of defending the realm (the military), enforcing a diminishing number of federal laws (the courts), and providing only those few necessary services that the “free market” could not take care of.

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International Quds Day

International Quds DayFriday June 8th the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is “International Quds Day” designated in solidarity with the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation by the late Iranian leader Imam Khomeini after the 1979 Iranian revolution that ousted Mohammad Reza Shah Bahlavi, who was an American/Israeli puppet.

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Two Souls

  “As long as in the heart, within, a Jewish soul is yearning…" thus starts the official translation of Israel's national anthem.

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What Does Trump Have Against Children?

I hate the children being taken away.—Donald Trump

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The U.S. Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council

Explicitly focusing on alleged anti-Israel bias the U.S. withdrew from further participation in the UN Human Rights Council. The only internationally credible basis for criticizing the HRC is its regrettable tendency to put some countries with the worst human rights records in leading roles, creating genuine issues of credibility and hypocrisy.

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Affirming the Normative Imagination (up to a point!)

While struggling with the challenges posed by writing a memoir during the endgame of life, conceptual cleansing seemed essential if I was ever to convey my identity with even a slight feeling of authenticity. The mystery at the core of my personal and public existence is how I came to trust my sense of moral purpose in life enough to act upon it despite shyness, a contemplative...

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The Siamese Twins

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker's TV series "The Captains", I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.

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Trump, North Korea, and Iran

As one of the original settlers of the sparsely populated territory situated between the deranged and warring states of Antitrumplandia and Philotrumplandia, I’m breathing easier today.

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Felicia Langer- German-Israeli Human Rights lawyer dies

A great Israeli-German Jew passed away. Her death represents a significant loss to the Palestinian people's struggle for justice, human rights, and self-determination.

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Eurasianism wins in Turkey even if ideologue loses election

Eurasianism is opposed to liberal capitalism and globalization; believes that Western powers want to carve up Turkey; and sees Turkey’s future in alignment with Russia, Central Asia, and China.

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Will Trump Agree to Unify Korea Under Kim?

South Korean President Moon Jae In and the people of South Korea may come to rue the day when Moon decided to let President Trump negotiate a peace agreement with North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong Un, especially given the close relationship that now exists between Trump and Kim.

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Exposing Israel’s Self-indictments in Gaza Protests

In May 2018 Gaza demonstrations, Israel indicted itself several times, validated Palestinian actions, and exposed its tyrannical manner.

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King Donald

The president’s lawyers must wake up every morning wondering if they’re in the throes of a mescaline fever dream. Which altered reality will they have to deal with today? The legal ground melts out from under them and scary hallucinations swirl around mutating versions of the boss: the Donald Trump who changes his story more often than his underwear and the one who tosses...

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Oval Office Apprentice

President Donald Trump has failed at many endeavors: casinos, airlines, universities, steaks, wine, vodka, board games, two marriages, armed forces physicals, White House Communications Department staffing, convincing foreign countries to build boundary structures. But the one thing he did excel at was reality television. The man has a real genius for pretending to be real.

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