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The Battle for Palestine
Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Battle for Palestine
You can't understand the worsening Mideast violence without knowing the modern history of Palestine, a story that begins with European anti-Semitism causing Zionists to claim Palestine for the Jews and to expel the Arabs, wrote retired U.S. diplomat William R. Polk in the first of three parts.

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Jordan warns settlements may 'imperil' treaty with Israel
Jewish construction, Israeli change to religious status of al-Aqsa mosque is 'incompatible with international law', says Jordan's ambassador to Israel.

Abbas asks US to stop Israeli 'escalations' in East Jerusalem
Urgent missive to Washington comes as Jordan warns that changes to status quo at al-Aqsa Mosque could endanger peace treaty

Israel Apartheid? Palestinians to be banned from West Bank settlers' buses
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has decided Palestinians working in Israel should only be able to return home to West Bank via a single crossing and should not be allowed to ride the same buses as settlers.

Ya'alon launches scathing assault on US policy in the Middle East
In Washington Post interview, 'without naming names,' defense minister batters the administration over Palestinian conflict, Iran talks and overall regional approach

Using the Holocaust to Justify War
Since bursting onto the U.S. foreign policy stage in the 1980s, the neocons have been masters of "perception management," devising emotional (and often false) messaging to justify aggressive war, as Maidhc Ó Cathail sees in recent Holocaust-themed propaganda against Syria's government.

Israeli president's diagnosis — 'Israel is a sick society'
— doesn't go viral in the U.S.

Did you hear that the president of Israel said Israel is a "sick society"? Reuven Rivlin, a Likudnik, said this over the weekend. There's been lots of coverage in Israel, but as Sullivan points out, the declaration hasn't gotten much attention stateside. I should think it would be viral.

Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

Cross-Canada Anti-War Demonstrations This Weekend

Canadian government seizes on Ottawa shooting to promote militarist, anti-democratic agenda

The True History of Blowback in One Sentence

Kenyan soldiers kill over 80 militants in Somalia

As Executions Rise, Allies Must Focus More Closely on Warring Anti-IS Forces
In many respects the situation in Saudi Arabia is getting worse rather than better, as if the government feels it must compete with the IS

ISIS Expulsion From Iraq Town Leads to Revenge Killings
Shi'ite Militias Summarily Execute Captives

No direct combat for Iraqi Kurds in Kobani, ISIS loses ground in Iraq

After victory in key Iraqi town, time for revenge

Missiles of ISIS May Pose Peril for Aircrews

ISIS sends Chechen commander to Kobane
The Islamic State leadership has ordered a prominent Chechen commander to Kobane, according to a Rudaw source inside ISIS-controlled territory.

Kurds 'repulse ISIL push' in Syria's Kobane
Kurdish fighters endure fourth day of ISIL attempts to take border crossing into Turkey, despite US-led air strikes.

Oil Gives Kurds a Path to Independence, and Conflict With Baghdad

More than 800 killed in 40 days of clashes in Syrian city of Kobani

U.S.: Rebel force in Syria to be built from scratch

Obama Still Does a Good Imitation of Bush
We really should be used to this by now. After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe.

Stand Tall America, We're #1!
(When It Comes to Our Military Budget, Knocking Off Wedding Parties, Military Bases, etc.)

Putin lashes out at US, West for destabilizing world
Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States and the West for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains. He also accused the West of inflaming the situation in Ukraine and said Russia is not interested in building an empire.

Putin Warns Of Risk Of Major Conflict, Says Dollar Losing Reserve Currency Status

Western Sponsors Liable for Kiev Basket Case
Since Washington and Brussels shunted the geopolitical tracks in the first place to create the financial train wreck that is now manifestly the Ukraine, you would think that there might be a sense of obligation on Western governments to salvage the mess. Not a bit of it, it seems.

China not to join sanctions against Russia

Citizenfour's Escape to Freedom in Russia
An international community of resistance has formed against pervasive spying by the U.S. National Security Agency with key enclaves in Moscow (with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden) and in London (with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange), way stations visited by ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

'Google grown big & bad': Assange reveals company & its founder's links to US govt

Israel Beats Out US for $525 Million Arms Sale to India

US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014

US Bio-warfare Laboratories In West Africa Are The Origins Of The Ebola Epidemic
Could Ebola Have Escaped From US Bio-warfare Labs? American law professor Francis A. Boyle, answers questions for tvxs.gr and reveals that USA have been using West Africa as an offshore to circumvent the Convention on Biological Weapons and do bio-warfare work.

U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus.

Troops to Africa Won't Fix a Failed Presidency

US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn
It is not merely hyperbole when it is said the US created terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda or the so-called "Islamic State." It is documented fact. The current conflict in the Middle East may appear to be a chaotic conflagration beyond the control of the United States and its many eager allies, but in reality it is the intentional, engineered creation of regional fronts in a war against Iran and its powerful arc of influence.

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS 'taxes' and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

Bombs Fall in Syria as Weapons-Makers Profits Soar in the West
There is only one consistent winner across a war zone that now spreads across Iraq and Syria.

Turkey will not OK U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters: Erdogan

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State

Rival Governments Dispute Control of Libyan Oil
Proceeds From Oil Exports Are Libya's Main Revenue Source

Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia

Ukraine, Russia gas deal may be just enough to get through winter

The Forever-War President: Obama's 'Transformational' War Powers Legacy

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated"

"We Are Better Off Without US Government" Evo Morales
Bolivia's president talks about the country's ongoing socio-economic transformation and his third term in office.

What 'Democracy' Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition

The American oligarchy
There is an unspoken rule in American politics, expressed ever more clearly in each election cycle, that the more important an issue is, the less it can be discussed—much less decided—by the election. The US military has embarked on a new war in the Middle East, democratic rights have been eviscerated, millions are without jobs, household incomes are falling, and a record number of people are being deported from the country. Yet, with the 2014 midterm election just 17 days away, none of these issues are being discussed.

U.S. and allies threaten sanctions in Libya

United troops trying to take back Tripoli
Libya's internationally-recognised prime minister said yesterday that military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.

'In 1976 I discovered Ebola...'
Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place
This week's Newsweek magazine cover features an image of a chimpanzee behind the words, "A Back Door for Ebola: Smuggled Bushmeat Could Spark a U.S. Epidemic." This cover story is problematic for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that there is virtually no chance that "bushmeat" smuggling could bring Ebola to America.

'In 1976 I discovered Ebola - now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'
Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire

'I didn't think of Iraqis as humans,' says U.S. soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family

Obama Leads His Coalition of Arab Tyrants Into Another losing, Islamist-boosting War

Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

Why Regime Change Won't Stop ISIS in Syria...

Iran touts 'experience' fighting terrorists, says airstrikes not enough against ISIS

Iran hits back at Saudi claims of 'occupying' Syria
IRAN hit back Tuesday at demands from Saudi Arabia that Tehran withdraw its "occupying" forces from Syria and insisted no country was more committed to confronting jihadists in the region.

Iraq Descends Into Anarchy
Shia Militias 'Abducting and Killing Sunni Civilians In Revenge For Isis Attacks'

Iraq military abandons key Anbar base to ISIS militants


Pakistani Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to Islamic State

Russia to help fight Islamists in the Middle East
The United States and Russia will share intelligence on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and work together to combat the threat of terrorism that hangs over the region, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq
Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.

Kurdish Anger Soars as Turkey Won't Open Iraq Arms Corridor

British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully'
Yesterday the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly (274-12) to recognize a Palestinian state, and if you listened to the debate, one theme above all else explains the crushing victory: The British public has been horrified by Gaza and its opinion of Israel has shifted.

EU considers banning violent Jewish settlers
European Union looking at ways to pressure Israel on settlements without resorting to sanctions

French FM: If peace talks prove impossible, we'll recognize Palestinian state
Paris should recognize a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, Fabius says.

No One Has A Monopoly On Truth: Sergey Lavrov's U.N. Address
Video and English Transcript
"Washington has openly declared its right to the unilateral use of military force anywhere to advance its own interests. Military interference has become a norm, even despite the dismal outcome of all operations of force that the US has carried out over recent years..."

Putin: Nazi virus 'vaccine' losing effect in Europe
The coup d'état in Ukraine is a worrying example of growing neo-Nazi tendencies in Eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Serbian newspaper. He stressed that "open manifestations" of neo-Nazism is also commonplace in Baltic states.

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights
"The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether," the report concluded.

Cuba leads fight against Ebola in Africa
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014

70-90% efficiency: Russia to send Ebola vaccine to W. Africa in 2 months
In two months, Russia is planning to send a new experimental vaccine against Ebola to Africa, according to the country's health minister. The efficiency of the drug, which is to be tested on the ground, is about 70-90 percent.

Cuba leads fight against Ebola in Africa as west frets about border security
The island nation has sent hundreds of health workers to help control the deadly infection while richer countries worry about their security - instead of heeding UN warnings that vastly increased resources are urgently needed

Cuban doctors train, fight Ebola in Africa
461 Cuban health workers heading to West Africa

Ebola vaccine research stalled by budget cuts - NIH director
The United States would have had an Ebola vaccine ready by the time the virus had traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from West Africa if not for budget cuts that prevented scientific research, according to a top US health official.

Liberia nurses threaten strike over Ebola pay
Health workers threaten to stay away from work on Monday, unless government agrees to hike their hazard pay.

Ebola, 'Scaremongering,' and the Epidemiology of Interventionism

Liberty, Not Government, Key to Containing Ebola

In 'Victory for Anti-Imperialists,' Evo Morales Wins Third Term
'Nationalization won with more than 60 percent,' the Socialist leader told the thousands who gathered outside the presidential palace

Investigation Into Missing Iraqi Cash Ended in Lebanon Bunker
Not long after American forces defeated the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, caravans of trucks began to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on a regular basis, unloading an unusual cargo — pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills.

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker
Stuart Bowen, who investigated corruption in Iraq, says US and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover money

Propaganda War of Islamic Extremists
Ever since the Pentagon started talking about Isis as apocalyptic, I've suspected that websites and blogs and YouTube are taking over from reality. I'm even wondering whether "Isis" - or Islamic State or Isil, here we go again - isn't more real on the internet than it is on the ground.

War Against Isis: US Strategy in Tatters as Militants March on
American-led air attacks are failing. Jihadis are close to taking Kobani, in Syria - and in Iraq western Baghdad is now under serious threat

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

IS group pouring reinforcements into Syria's Kobane: monitor

Afghan officials say air strike killed civilians, NATO says 'enemy'

Pakistan says 12 dead in border clashes with India, appeals to U.N.

Donor conference pledges $5.4 billion for Gaza reconstruction
International powers outperform Abbas' expectations with generous donations from Qatar, EU, US, Turkey, and UAE.

China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

Saudis Dump Oil To Increase Leverage Over U.S. Middle East Policies
The Saudis and other Gulf state rulers disliked U.S. energy independence talk very much. They need to keep some leverage over U.S. policy. They now decided to end the U.S. "energy independence" talk and to push the U.S. to again do their bidding. The simple method they apply is to keep oil production high enough during a period of declining consumption to take prices lower and to thereby make new U.S. domestic production a money losing business...

Cornel West among protesters arrested in Ferguson
At least 18 people, including author Cornel West, were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday as activists continued to protest police brutality more than two months after a local officer fatally shot an unarmed teen.

Monsanto announces major losses after settling environmental suit
Biotech giant Monsanto announced major losses for their fourth quarter last week well below analysts' expectations after spending millions settling an environmental suit.

Latin America's 'Made in USA' 2014 Recession
Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ebola outbreak: UK sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone
Philip Hammond: "We now need the wider international community to step up to the plate"

Ebola patient's death renews questions about care

The US Is Copying Ancient Athens
Obama Attempting To Impose His Own Rule of "Law" Over The Entire World

Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond
An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Chomsky: U.S. Spawned a Fundamentalist Frankenstein in the Mideast

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine

A War for Power
The "war on terrorism" is a farce. But unless we stop them, US elites will carry it on forever.

Obama Claims Progress Combatting Islamic State

Notice that ISIS Isn't Beheading Swiss Citizens

Over 200 Killed Across Iraq in Airstrikes and Bombings

Isis air strikes limited without viable Syrian rebel force, says White House

White House 'deeply concerned' as ISIS threatens Kurdish town

Isis in Kobani: Turkey's Act of Abandonment May Mark an Irrevocable Breach with Kurds Across the Region

U.S. Focus on ISIS Frees Syria to Battle Rebels

New Yemen PM Resigns After Opposition From Houthi Rebels
Threat of Mass Protest Led to Resignation

Suicide bombings in Yemen kill 67 after premier quits

After 13 Years, President Obama, 'Time to End Our Endless War in Afghanistan'
As 'longest war' hits another milestone, human costs continue to rise

Israel's occupation is more complex than a genocide

US: Israel must play role in rebuilding Gaza
Ahead of donor conference in Cairo, State Department says range of countries to contribute funds following 50-day conflict

Implications for Israel: First sitting head of state appears before ICC
Kenyan president's appearance before ICC removes numerous obstacles which could block Palestinians from successfully getting court to take up cases against Israelis.

What was the most damaging conspiracy theory in U.S. history?

China just overtook US as the world's largest economy, IMF says
China just overtook the US to become the world's largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world's purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just 16.28% (or $17.416 trillion).

US Official Downplays Cuba's Invitation to Summit

Keiser Report: Financial Ebola (E662)

Latin America's 'Made in USA' 2014 Recession
The USA is taking advantage of the emerging recessions in Latin America to put additional economic pressure on two of the region's most important economies: Argentina and Venezuela.

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer and Man of Flair, Dies at 84
Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84.

Kim Jong-un not ill – North Korea forced to comment after health speculation

Hong Kong Boiling - But Gently, So Far
Hong Kong is at a gentle boil. As of this writing, tens of thousands of students have been politely demonstrating, calling for the Beijing-appointed chief executive, C.Y. Leung, to resign and be replaced through free elections.

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS
"Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria," he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were "so determined to take down Assad," that in a sense they started a "proxy Sunni-Shia war" by pouring "hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" towards anyone who would fight against Assad. "And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them," said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria.

Biden 'apologises' to UAE for ISIL remarks
Biden, who is known for his occasional verbal gaffes, angered US allies when he suggested in a speech at Harvard University on Thursday that Turkey, Qatar and the UAE had extended "billions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" to Sunni fighters trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president.

Syria warns Turkey against anti-ISIS incursions
Syria warned Turkey on Friday against any military intervention on its territories, saying it would consider it an act of "aggression," a day after the Turkish military was given authorization to conduct cross-border incursions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operating in the Arab country.

Sources: U.S. air strikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida

Did America Fake Imminent Terror Threats To Justify Bombing Syria?

Final death toll for Saturday 04/10/2014, approximately 268 people killed in Syria

Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities
For the past three years, Official Washington has viewed the Syrian civil war as "white-hatted" rebels against "black-hatted" President Assad, but finally some of the "gray-hatted" reality is breaking through, though perhaps too late, Robert Parry reports.

The Siege Of Kobani: Obama's Syrian Fiasco In Motion
Another humanitarian catastrophe may be just hours away at Kobani. The latter is the Syrian Kurdish town on the border with Turkey that is now surrounded by ISIS tanks and is being pounded day after day by ISIS heavy artillery.

Syrian Kurds say air strikes against Isis are not working
Isis fighters have pushed to the edge of Kobani and evade western strikes, says spokesman for Kurdish fighters

Fierce battle between Kurds and IS rages for Kobane, Syria
Kurdish fighters, backed by US-led air strikes, are trying to hold back an advance by Islamic State militants.

Kurds clash with Turkish security forces on Syria border

Kurdish suicide bomber attacks ISIL in Syria
Female suicide bomber attacks ISIL position east of Kobane, as fighting rages for control of the strategic town.

FBI director warns of Khorasan attack
The head of the FBI said in an interview broadcast late Sunday that the U.S. is preparing for an imminent terrorist attack.

ISIS' Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China
In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organization.

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson
Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

Netanyahu & UN Head Clash Over Inquiry Into Israeli Military Actions in Gaza

US rejects Abbas's plan
Washington's reaction to Mahmoud Abbas's plan to take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the UN Security Council draws a line, once and for all, under US claims to be an honest broker, writes Nicola Nasser

Obama team warns Israel over settlements

...Israeli leader: White House criticism un-American

Israel criticizes Swedish plan to recognize state of Palestine

Sweden premature to recognize Palestine: U.S.

'US won't decide our policies' – Sweden on Palestinian state recognition
Washington will not be the one to decide Sweden's policies, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said after the US criticized Stockholm's plans to officially recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Facts on the Ground By Noam Chomsky

NYT's Belated Admission on Contra-Cocaine
Since the Contra-cocaine scandal surfaced in 1985, major U.S. news outlets have disparaged it, most notably when the big newspapers destroyed Gary Webb for reviving it in 1996. But a New York Times review of a movie on Webb finally admits the reality, writes Robert Parry.

Turkish MPs back Iraq-Syria deployment
Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014

Islamic State: Turkish MPs back Iraq-Syria deployment
Turkey's parliament has backed a motion that could allow its military to enter Iraq and Syria to join the campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants.

ISIS Has Seized Over 350 Villages in Northern Syria in 16 Days
Militants 'a Few Hundred Yards' From Ayn al-Arab

Denmark votes to send jet fighters to Iraq

Belgian fighter planes flying over Baghdad for the first time

Cabinet nod for Iraq air combat, training

Judge rejects White House plea to keep Guantánamo force-feeding hearings secret
Judge Gladys Kessler dismissed the government’s argument that an open hearing would jeopardize national security

An FBI informant led hacks against 30 countries—now we know which ones
A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant targeted more than two dozen countries in a series of high-profile cyberattacks in 2012. The names of many of those countries have remained secret, under seal by a court order—until now.

10 Myths About Obama's Latest War
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014

For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.
For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department.

Putin shrugs off damage from Western sanctions

Cristina Fernandez Says 'Look North' If Anything Happens to Her
The Argentine president slammed the United States saying they are sending "financial and speculative attacks" and wanting a "return to the past, when Argentina was on its knees," in her address to the nation Tuesday evening.

10 Myths About Obama's Latest War

New Afghanistan pact means America's longest war will last until at least 2024
Bilateral security deal ensures that President Obama will pass off the Afghanistan war and his new war in Iraq and Syria to his successor

Iran Nuclear Talks: Ironies, Observations and a Bottom Line

Baghdad Bombed As Forces Retake More Towns; 175 Killed Across Iraq

81 killed in fighting with IS in Iraq, 5 villages freed

Iraq PM Warns Arab States Not to Join US Airstrikes
Also Says No Foreign Ground Troops Are Welcome

Obama the American Salesman of War
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Obama sounded less statesman and more salesman, with the usual pitch that American leadership is all benevolent and virtuous. America is pursuing, America is committed, America is prepared… and so on and on went the tiresome egocentric rhetoric.

Shiite Militias Pose Threat to Kurds, Sunnis
Security and military officials in Kirkuk say Shiite militias are acting with impunity as they fight the Islamic State (IS), carrying out brutal campaigns against Sunni Arabs who are asking for protection from Kurdish forces.

Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world?
Humanitarian arguments, if consistently applied, could be used to flatten the entire Middle East

Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

Obama says US 'underestimated' rise of ISIS, admits 'contradictory' Syria policy

Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children

At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine

New NATO leader offers olive branch to Russia

Russia Halts Student Exchange Program With US

Palestinians ask UN: Set 2016 as deadline for ending Israeli occupation
Draft resolution calls for intensified efforts to reach 'just resolution' of Jerusalem's status as the capital of two states, and of the Palestinian refugee problem.

Obama warns Israel Mid-East 'status quo' must change

Israel approves 2,600 settler homes in E.Jerusalem: NGO

Moazzam Begg to be freed as prosecutors drop terror charges
Case against former Guantánamo Bay detainee collapsed after secret intelligence material was handed to prosecutors

The Guardian wins an Emmy for coverage of NSA revelations
Interactive NSA Decoded explained implications of the Edward Snowden leaks on mass surveillance by intelligence agencies

Failure Is Success: How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century

China is Hong Kong's future – not its enemy
Protesters cry democracy but most are driven by dislocation and resentment at mainlanders' success.

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