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Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

    Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate? That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, “Serious discussion of foreign…

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Israeli Airstrike Hits Boat at Gaza Port as it Prepared to Meet 2018 Freedom Flotilla

    Israeli Airstrike Hits Boat at Gaza Port as it Prepared to Meet 2018 Freedom Flotilla

GAZA — Not long after the 2018 Freedom Flotilla — carrying “politicians, activists, journalists, trade-union leaders, artists and performers, professors, faith leaders, representatives of student organizations” — embarked on its journey from Scandinavia to the largest open-air prison in the world — Gaza — Israel attempted to thwart its plans by striking a boat in…

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One U.S. State Takes Steps to Hold the NSA Accountable for Warrantless Surveillance

    One U.S. State Takes Steps to Hold the NSA Accountable for Warrantless Surveillance

On the heels of the fifth anniversary of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosure of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents to journalists, one state legislature has recently taken steps to hold the government agency accountable for its warrantless surveillance programs by making it illegal for state and local governments, including law enforcement and public utilities, to…

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The Mulford Act and America’s Racist History of Gun Control

    The Mulford Act and America’s Racist History of Gun Control

Frequently we see the case against gun control entirely grounded upon a Constitutional defense of the Second Amendment. While the Founding Fathers’ warnings about the importance of defending liberty with an armed populace are as important today as they have ever been, this approach has some flaws. For one, the Constitution was not meant to…

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British MPs want Myanmar govt. referred to ICC

  British MPs want Myanmar govt. referred to ICC

A British parliamentary committee says the government must support efforts to refer Myanmar’s government to the international criminal court over evidence of state-sanctioned “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The lawmakers on the international development select committee said that the UK should still seek to gather “support for the UN security council to refer…

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Iran military advisory presence in Iraq, Syria aimed at fighting terrorism: Shamkhani

  Iran military advisory presence in Iraq, Syria aimed at fighting terrorism: Shamkhani

A senior Iranian official says legitimate governments of Iraq and Syria have called for Iran's military advisory presence in their countries in order to help them fight terrorism. Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani made the comments on Tuesday after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Washington will increase…

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Russia, Japan threaten to levy sanctions on US exports

  Russia, Japan threaten to levy sanctions on US exports

Russia and Japan have threatened to impose heavy bans worth almost $1 billion combined on US exports in retaliation for Washington’s hefty duties on its metal imports. The US plan will add duties of $538 million to Russia’s annual exports and $440 million to those of Japan. According to filings published by the World Trade Organization…

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With All Eyes on Gaza, Israel Falls Back on the Hamas Card

  With All Eyes on Gaza, Israel Falls Back on the Hamas Card

For days, now, the Israeli rewrite has been well underway, working overtime, to convince the world seven weeks of carnage in Palestine, more particularly Gaza, did not happen. Or, if it did, Israel’s response to the Great Return March was a measured, proportionate answer to the menace posed by some burning kites, waving flags and nihilist teens armed with slingshot weapons of mass destruction. At times, we’ve seen…

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Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World’s “Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles”

  Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World’s “Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles”

A top Iranian military commander responded on Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s demand that Iran end its domestic nuclear energy development, with a stern reminder that the United States has shown itself as the world’s most dangerous and violent military and nuclear power. “Who are you and America to tell us to limit…

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Seven Women’s Driving Activists Arrested for Treason in Saudi Arabia May Face Execution

  Seven Women’s Driving Activists Arrested for Treason in Saudi Arabia May Face Execution

Weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its longtime ban on women driving, a group of seven women’s rights activists has been arrested on treason and espionage related charges — offenses which can bring the death penalty. The kingdom plans to lift the driving ban on June 24th, though significant restrictions will still remain to allow women to…

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