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Alexander Cockburn: Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night” — A Moral Fabulist

Alexander Cockburn’s Guillotined! and A Colossal Wreck are available from CounterPunch. Counterpunch October 21, 2014 A couple of weeks ago Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and self-appointed moral conscience for Holocaust survivors, praised the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes to make way for yet more illegal settlements in Jerusalem. His chilling statement ran in an […]

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Libya: The war nobody can win

Libya’s rival factions are fighting to establish facts on the ground for future negotiations . Jason Pack Jason Pack is a historian of the Middle East at Cambridge University, and lead author of ‘Libya’s Faustian Bargains: Breaking the Appeasement Cycle’ and president of Libya-Analysis.com Rhiannon Smith Rhiannon Smith researches international development at the UK’s Open […]

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Uri Avnery: A Decent Respect for the Opinions of Mankind

Antiwar.com October 21, 2014 If the British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this: “In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament adopted with a huge majority (274 for, a mere 12 against) a pro-Israeli motion…Over […]

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Moscow hotel goes halal in bid to woo Muslim visitors

The Daily Star Oct. 21, 2014 | 12:10 AM MOSCOW: No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors from the Muslim world. “Around 70 percent of our guests are from overseas and […]

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Twitter ‘source of all evil': top Saudi Arabia cleric

Ahram Online AFP , Tuesday 21 Oct 2014 Twitter is nothing more than “a source of lies” and evil, Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site. “If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it’s exploited for trivial matters,” Sheikh […]

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Tony Abbott lifts ‘accidental’ ban on burkas in Australian parliament

Rod McGuirk Canberra Independent Monday 20 October 2014 A ban on face-covering garments such as burkas and niqabs introduced in the Australian parliament was lifted after just two weeks today following the intervention of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It emerged today that the controversial burka ban, which had been condemned as unnecessary and discriminatory, had […]

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The Beach Boys will not be surfin’ Tel Aviv

The Jerusalem Post 10.22.2014 | Fabled American rock legends The Beach Boys have cancelled its concert at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29. Along with The Beatles, the California creators of hits like “Surfin’ USA ” “California Girls” “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations” helped to create a soundtrack for the 1960s as the […]

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