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Gambia MPs extend President Jammeh's term Resolution passed by the national assembly allows Jammeh to stay in power for 90 more days despite losing elections.
Russian and Turkish jets 'bomb ISIL' in Syria's Al Bab Russia's defence ministry says its fighter jets teamed up with Turkish warplanes to hit ISIL in northern Syria's Al Bab.
Suicide attack kills dozens at army base in Mali's Gao Dozens dead in car-bomb attack at camp housing government soldiers and rival armed groups in northern city of Gao.
Palestinians killed in Israeli home demolition raid Two Palestinians and one Israeli police officer killed during home-demolition operation in southern Bedouin village.

2017: Palestine’s Three Dark Commemorations

settlersIncreasingly, Palestinians seem doomed to become subjects, or at best second-class citizens, in their homeland. Israeli expansionism, United States unconditional support, and UN impotence. These factors are combining to create dismal prospects for Palestinian self-determination and for a negotiated peace that is sensitive to the rights and grievances of both Palestinians and Jews.

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A Future For The Democratic Party?

Democratic PartyYou would think that learning from experience is a common thing to do. But, for the Democratic Party’s leadership this seems not to be the case. After the landslide victory of Trump’s version of the Republican Party in the 2016 national election, it is fair to say that the Democratic Party is in big trouble. As Senator Bernie Sanders has observed, the party needs to reform.

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Confessions of a Megalomaniac

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them.  Saves a lot of trouble.

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Seeing the Obvious

Americans need no reminding, nor does the world; there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is nothing exceptional about this piece of knowledge, it was obvious to me and some 30 million others back in February 2003.

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Islamic State Violence fuels culture wars

The Islamic State’s multiple attacks in Turkey intend to primarily raise the cost of Turkish intervention in neighbouring Syria’s civil war.

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Avnery: Yes, We Can

During World War II, when German bombers terrorized Britain, a small group of gallant airmen faced them every day. Their life expectancy was numbered in days.

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Condemning Israeli Settlement Expansion

On December 23, 2016 the UN Security Council by a vote of 14-0 adopted Resolution 2334, notably with the United States abstaining, condemning Israeli settlement expansion. It was treated as big news in the West because the Obama presidency had finally in its last weeks in office refused to use its veto to protect Israel from UN censure.

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Transgenders' ordeal in Pakistan

Transgender people are people who have a gender identity, or gender expression, that differs from their assigned sex. The term transsexual was introduced to English in 1949 by David Oliver Cauldwell, and popularized by Harry Benjamin in 1966, around the same time transgender was coined and began to be popularized. Since the 1990s, transsexual has generally been used to describe...

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Where Did the Al-Jazeera Expose Fail?

“The Lobby”, the Al-Jazeerah expose of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Lobby infiltration into British politics is a landmark in journalism. It seems that Qatari TV outsmarted Israeli intelligence in the UK and beyond.

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The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism.

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The Plot Against Britain...

A few days ago in London, we witnessed a senior diplomat in the Israeli embassy caught on camera plotting to “take down” members of the British government including Foreign Office minister...

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Iran after Rafsanjani

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre.

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The Bernie Sanders Campaign--A Postmortem Analysis

Did Bernie really sell out Independent and Progressive voters?

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Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

It is our fervent hope here at Durstco that all you loyal readers join us in welcoming the elixir of opportunity that is 2017 and pray that it goes down smoother than that most recently departed year whose name has been wiped from our memory banks. Might have had something to do with a one, a zero, a two and a six. Not necessarily in that order.

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