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Naming Capitals | What's Left Guest Editorial

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Dec 11, 2017 09:07 AM
For the republican Arab world, the past twelve years have been defined by foreign invasion, civil and proxy wars, revolution and counter-revolution. It has been devastating. However, it should be remembered that, within the republican Arab world, the twenty-first century began with the American backed crushing of the second Palestinian uprising (intifada).

Caricom-Cuba summit opens today in Antigua | Jamaica Observer

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 08, 2017 01:21 PM
"A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and Cuba's Agency for Civil Defence which will provide opportunities for closer collaboration, especially following the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes across the region, and the increased focus on climate change resilience."

More than 100 Jewish studies scholars sign petition opposing Trump declaration | The Hill

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 08, 2017 12:06 PM
"The petition, which links to the Israeli human rights advocacy group B'Tselem, accuses the Israeli government of perpetrating "systematic inequalities" against the Palestinian people. ... "In addition, Palestinians in the West Bank, unlike Jewish Israelis resident in that territory, require a special permit to visit Jerusalem’s holy sites," it adds."

Remembering Harold Pinter on the 12th anniversary of his Nobel Lecture

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 07, 2017 05:46 PM
"I know that President Bush has many extremely competent speech writers but I would like to volunteer for the job myself. I propose the following short address which he can make on television to the nation. I see him grave, hair carefully combed, serious, winning, sincere, often beguiling, sometimes employing a wry smile, curiously attractive, a man's man. 'God is good. God is great. God is good. My God is good. Bin Laden's God is bad. His is a bad God. Saddam's God was bad, except he didn't have one. He was a barbarian. We are not barbarians. We don't chop people's heads off. We believe in freedom. So does God. I am not a barbarian. I am the democratically elected leader of a freedom-loving democracy. We are a compassionate society. We give compassionate electrocution and compassionate lethal injection. We are a great nation. I am not a dictator. He is. I am not a barbarian. He is. And he is. They all are. I possess moral authority. You see this fist? This is my moral authority. And don't you forget it.'"

Michael Slager, Officer Who Killed Walter Scott, Gets 20-Year Sentence | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 07, 2017 01:49 PM
"Michael Slager, who had been an officer with the North Charleston police, was charged with murder in state court and indicted on federal civil rights charges after the shooting in 2015. His murder trial ended with a deadlocked jury last year, and prosecutors had vowed to retry Slager in state court. But earlier this year, Slager pleaded guilty to a single federal civil rights charge as part of a plea deal that resolved both cases. A judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison, according to the Associated Press, which had a reporter at the sentencing."

Israelis Will Pay for Trump's Jerusalem Gambit | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 06, 2017 01:45 PM
"To see why Trump’s move is so extraordinary, you have to understand that the recognition of “Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital amounts to a recognition of Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem -- and its subsequent expansion of the Jerusalem municipality far beyond the cities’ traditional limits to include multiple Palestinian villages and newly built Jewish neighborhoods."

Jerusalem Trump: US recognition 'kiss of death' for peace process | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 06, 2017 10:28 AM
"Pope Francis called for the status quo in Jerusalem to be respected, in line with United Nations resolutions. ... It also makes it difficult for the US to be seen as a neutral mediator in the Middle East peace process. ... The issue goes to the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, who are backed by the Arab and wider Islamic world. The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem. ... Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv."

No Wonder Millennials Hate Capitalism | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 05, 2017 02:01 PM
"The anti-Communist Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was alarmed to find in a recent survey that 44 percent of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, compared with 42 percent who want to live under capitalism. For older Americans, the collapse of Communism made it seem as though there was no possible alternative to capitalism. But given the increasingly oligarchic nature of our economy, it’s not surprising that for many young people, capitalism looks like the god that failed. Nowhere is that clearer than in the wretched tax bill passed by the Senate in the early hours of Saturday morning, which would make the rich richer and the poor poorer. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the bill directs the largest tax cuts as a share of income to the top 5 percent of taxpayers. By 2027, taxes on the lowest earners would go up."
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