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The Invention of the White People

There are no white people. There are no black people. There are no red, yellow, brown, blue, purple, crimson or any other color people. These are all socially constructed delusions. Delusions though with real, frightful, murderous, and genocidal consequences. 

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How America's Addiction to 'Counter-Terrorism' Feeds Brutal Killings and Torture

In his recent foreign-policy speech at West Point, President Obama insisted that the most direct threat to the US remains terrorism. However, noting that invading every country that harbours terrorist networks was "naive and unsustainable", he announced that the United States needed to "shift our counter-terrorism strategy - drawing on the successes and shortcomings of our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan - to more effectively partner with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold." 

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How War Hungry Pundits Get U.S. Foreign Policy Dead Wrong

Why are US President Barack Obama's recent approval ratings on foreign policy dismal, asks one pundit, when he does what a majority of Americans like him to do? 

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The Dark Cynicism Behind Cold War Revivalism

Blowing hot air about a Cold War redux has reached new heights following the crisis in Ukraine. It revealed the level of hysteria among Russian and American ideologues. So much, that even the cool-headed began to speak of the need to avert another Cold War "we cannot afford".  

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Nasty Killing Machines: The Drone Lobby's Image Problem

Over the last decade, as US drone attacks have expanded to several countries, major human rights organisations have abjured from taking a clear position on the bombings instead demanding more disclosure from the US government so that legal questions can be addressed.

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Dangerous Words: Calling Putin 'Hitler' Stokes Western Belligerence

Arrogance like ignorance is a generator of stupidities. But while the latter is excused, arrogance-bred follies must be eschewed. In that way, politicians and academics that know better than to compare Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler cannot be excused. Arrogance is inherently indifferent and frequently malicious.

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Dead Protesters, Tortured Prisoners: Ukraine At the Point of No Return

The Nigoyan family fled to Ukraine from war-torn Armenia at the beginning of the 1990s. They hoped for a better future for their son Sergiy. He wanted to become an actor, but his dream never came true. He went to Maidan to protest against the government's crack down at people's rights and freedoms and was shot dead on January 22. He was 20. 

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How Ukraine's Leader Turned His Nation Into An Island of Dictatorship

In response to two-month-long public demonstrations, President Viktor Yanukovych took his chance to establish a police state in Ukraine. On January 16, the president's Party of Regions together with allies from the Communist Party of Ukraine voted for a number of controversial laws and amendments that were immediately labeled by media as "dictatorship laws". The legislation which infringes on basic human rights and freedoms sent thousands of Ukrainians to the streets on January 19 for a new mass protest.

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The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda's Syria Branch

In a hotel lobby on the Turkish side of the Syrian border, Yasser Barish showed photographs of his bombed family home in Saraqeb, Idlib province. One room was still standing - the room Yasser happened to be resting in on September 15, 2012, when the plane dropped its bomb. The other rooms were entirely obliterated. Yasser's mother, grandmother, sister and brother were killed.

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Ariel Sharon: Enemy of Peace

There are few individuals in the modern history of Israel/Palestine whose actions have been as consistently destructive as those of Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who died on January 11, had been involved in Israel's war machine as early as 1948. He was known for his cut-throat attitude on the battlefield, often with wanton disregard for civilian lives. Time and again, Sharon left some of the bloodiest marks on the history of Palestine.

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Fighting Terror With Terror: The American Drone War on Yemen

On December 12, the New York Times reported that "what appeared to be the second American drone strike in the past week" had killed at least 11 people in Yemen, as they drove home from a wedding. The article offered additional noncommittal details such as that "[m]ost of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al Qaeda."

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Israel Lobby Goes Down, Iran Gets a Boost: The Winners and Losers of the Geneva Nuclear Deal

Soon after the historic deal between Iran and the so-called P5+1, the White House published the fact sheet of the interim agreement, putting its own obvious spin for domestic benefits. Meanwhile the IRNA(Islamic Republic News Agency) published its own full version, which did not differ much with the White House's, though it did give a fuller picture of the deal. The battle of spin has started in earnest.  

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Blame the French: How Paris Scuttled a Nuclear Deal With Iran

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Paris last week and held talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, he probably never thought the main opposition to an Iranian proposed agreement to resolve its nuclear standoff, would come from the French three days later.

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National Security Laws Are Being Abused to Silence Journalists Around the World

In Rabat, Morocco, both cheers and caution: Ali Anouzla, the journalist arrested last month and charged under terrorism statutes, has been released on bail. On the streets in front of Salé prison, where he was held, and on social media, supporters are cheering for Anouzla, but his fight is far from over. According to his defense lawyer, Hassan Semlali, Anouzla’s charges remain, and "he continues to maintain his innocence".

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The Global War on Terror is Far From Over - Now It's Wreaking Havoc in Africa

In the long run, it doesn't really matter which arch-terrorist was taken out and which one got away. The War on/of Terror will continue, especially in Africa, as it stands, US special operations forces managed to capture Abu-Anas al-Libi (real name: Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai), the alleged mastermind behind the deadly 1998 US Embassy attack in Kenya and Tanzania, without firing a shot.

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How Racism Drives the Zeal to Destroy Iran and Maintain Global Hegemony

In 1920, the American historian Theodore Lothrop Stoddard published his famous work "The Rising Tide of Colour Against White World Supremacy". The book is notable today for its frank discussion of the central role that racism played in geopolitics; especially in the context of the Western imperial project in Asia and Africa. In it Stoddard wrote:

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Peace With Iran: The Best Way Barack Obama Could Make History

On the morning of February 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon came out to the White House lawn to deliver a message to the American people about his plan for peace with the People’s Republic of China. China, a nuclear power, had been an implacable rival of the United States since the outset of the Cold War; yet after months of delicate diplomacy Nixon had decided to take the momentous step of making a major state visit to the Hermit Kingdom. 

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Is the Golden Era for Greece's Far-Right Fascists Coming to an End?

Make no mistake about it: Greece's Golden Dawn is a nasty party. It has an emblem that resembles a swastika, leaders that have praised Hitler, and members that parade around in black shirts intimidating immigrants and minorities.

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Blowback in Kenya: Occupiers in Somalia Sowed the Seeds of the Nairobi Mall Massacre

All people of goodwill and of all faiths must condemn al-Shabab for its gruesome deed at Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. No one serious enough about their creator can butcher innocent people as was done in Westgate earlier this week. These culprits are indeed faithless and must be brought to justice.

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The Egyptian Military That's Killing Civilians Right Now Is American-Trained, American-Equipped

As the situation escalates into a full-fledged confrontation between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington is once again playing catch-up with its own clients.

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The American Love Affair With Military Coups

Some readers may not be acquainted with an alternative source of entertainment known as the US State Department Daily Press Briefings.

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The American Dream Has Turned into a Grueling Quest for Survival for Millions of People

On June 12, 2013, Low Pay Is Not Okay, a group fighting to raise wages for fast food workers, released avideo criticising a budgeting guide created by McDonald's. The guide showed that McDonald's workers cannot survive on a McDonald's salary. Aside from including dubious figures - $20 a month for health care, $0 for heating - the guide left out essentials like child care, food, and clothing. Low Pay Is Not Okay noted that even by McDonald's' own calculations, workers would need at least $15 per hour to make ends meet. The video went viral, and the guide was widely criticised.

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Egypt's Numbers Game: How Crazy Claims of 33 Million Protesters Were Used to Boost a Coup

The debate over the legitimacy of Egypt's new, military-installed government has become a popularity battle, with some of the most vocal supporters of the coup claiming that the June 30 protests against President Mohammed Morsi represented the largest demonstrations in human history, a real-life Cecil B. DeMille production, with crowd sizes ranging anywhere between 14 to 33 million people - over one-third of the entire population of Egypt.

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Here Come the Drone Wars in America -- The Public vs. Overzealous Police

Recently, outgoing director of the FBI Robert Mueller revealed that his agency has used drones to conduct surveillance in the United States. Mueller's casual admission serves as an opportune moment for drone enthusiasts: introducing the FBI's domestic drone programme with nonchalance, he swung wide the door on which drooling police departments have long been banging.

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Multinational Greed Is Threatening the Stability of Societies Across the Planet

The people are angry. In Turkey, Brazil, and most recently again, Egypt, thousands have taken to the streets to voice their anger and frustration at the lack of social and economic justice. Political and economic elites, working in tandem, have managed to neutralise the aspirations of ordinary people, in part spurring the disenfranchisement driving the protests.   

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The Spectre of Fascism is Haunting Greece

Sitting at a sidewalk cafe beneath the illuminated symbol of democracy, the Parthenon of Athens, the sight of a fierce-looking man in a black shirt with a shaven head passionately giving the Nazi salute openly in the street was a shock.

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Beyond Obama's Africa Trip: How Oil and the War on Terror Still Drive U.S. Policy

Five years ago, Africans were thrilled about Obama's election to the American presidency. The premise of the jubilation was the reasonable expectation that the new administration might pursue an Africa-friendly policy, a depature from previous regimes. On the eve of his visit to three African countries, African optimists and the President's supporters in America argue that things will be different during the second term. 

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Poverty, Police Violence and Wasted Public Funds: Brazil's Perfect Storm of Discontent

Brazil has been roiled by protests in recent weeks. At first, tens of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to protest bus and subway fare hikes and demand free public transportation.

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America Continues to Fund Death Squads in Honduras

A resurgence of death squad activity targeting suspected gang members and others is exacting a mounting toll in Honduras, a country already wracked by violence and impunity. As documented in a series of AP investigative reports, it is increasingly apparent that US-funded Honduran National Police are dispatching summary justice to gang members, in a policy of "social cleansing", with complete impunity.

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Equality for Women Is Clearly Not on the New Pope's Agenda

In light of the historic resignation of one pope and the election of another, my Al Jazeera show Empire has travelled to Rome asking after the future of the Catholic Church as it bleeds worshipers and loses influence. As we take stock of the new Pope's priorities, it's clear that the role of the women in Church isn't one of them.

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Our Govt. Is Turning into a Surveillance State That's Almost Impossible to Stop

The most egregious rights violations tend to happen against the voiceless; those who have neither the platform nor resources to articulate their grievances to the broader world.

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