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Jordan Valley villagers call for international intervention as Israel conducts massive military training

The Alternative Information Center reports: "Besieged Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank's Jordan Valley have called on the international community to immediately intervene to halt Israeli military training in the area,...Show More Summary

Baltimore is confronting police brutality, but the systemic racism of its Israeli sister city remains unchallenged

In recent weeks, the world’s attention has been fixed on Baltimore, MD, after 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray died in police custody. Some observers of these events are turning their attention to the State of Israel, questioning...Show More Summary

Unmaking of an Adversarial Relationship: How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Two years after his election, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is about to go down in history as a leader who defused an intense and bitter conflict that could have led to a military attack on Iran. A nuclear deal that the majority of...Show More Summary

Erdo?an, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in ?stanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition. However, his fans call him "boss" and the concept is no different, anyway... Show More Summary

Dear Ben Affleck, My Ancestors Were Slave Owners, Too. Here's What We Can Do About It.

From Zócalo Public Square Dear Ben, I'm certain being in the spotlight for not wanting the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" to include mention of your slave-owning ancestor has been a real pain. I'm sure you want this whole episode behind you. Show More Summary

Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Co-written with Ilona Szabé de Carvalho More guns equal more lethal crime. The evidence is convincing. Studies consistently show how increases in firearms ownership are positively associated with increases in homicide and suicide. Whether...Show More Summary

The Iranian Leader's Bizarre Twitter Feed

Want a trip into bizarroland? Take a look at the Twitter feed for Iran's “Supreme Guide” Ayatollah Khamenei. It's ridiculous that even though US President is black, still such crimes agnst US blacks continue to occur. #BlackLivesMatter #FreddieGray No, his Twitter feed hasn't been hacked by Al Sharpton. Show More Summary

‘Baltimore Is Here': Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Jerusalem

Approximately 1,000 Ethiopian Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem on the evening of April 30 to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Numerous journalists reported that the protesters were chanting “Baltimore is here!”, connecting their struggle against racist brutality in Israel to the struggle of black Americans against racist brutality in the US.

Sanders is leftwing on economic issues, but sees Israel as up against ISIS

Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq war but he defended Israel's actions against Gaza last summer against his own angry leftwing base in Vermont, some of whom he told to "Shut up"

China Just Built a 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

Nineteen atriums, office space for 4,000 workers, and 800 apartments are all housed in the new Mini Sky City in China's Hunan province—a 57-story architectural feat that took its builder just 19 working days to erect, the AP reports. The glass-and-steel structure was put up by Broad Sustainable...

Hear Their Voices: Robin Wright's 'Pajama Campaign' Changes Women's Lives in Congo (Video)

"There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless,'" Arundhati Roy writes. "There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." In Congo, a country where women have been deliberately silenced, where they have little or...Show More Summary

Nigeria Hails the Freeing of 200 Women and Children but Regrets Continued Captivity of Chibok Girls

When a Nigerian military spokesman claimed on Tuesday to have rescued some 200 women and girls held captive by members of the Boko Haram, hopes soared that they might be the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago from a dormitory that put the name of their small town, Chibok, in the global spotlight. The kidnapping, which…

It's Not About Terms, It's About People

Suzan is a 73-year-old loving and peaceful woman who is from ?stanbul. She has been living in the U.S. for more than 35 years. She is a great cook and can cook any kind of complicated dish without using a recipe or measuring cups. Whenever she makes healthy olive oil dishes such as artichoke, fava beans or Noah's pudding, she saves some for me. Show More Summary

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