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Did we break #Iraq?
WASHINGTON -- In 2002, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning to President George W. Bush about launching a war there. “Once you break it," he said, “you’re going to own it.”
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Couldn't we say we slipped in the gulf and swapped for Iran #doover #customerisalwaysright?
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Despite the media's mistakes covering the Iraq war, again with Syria, nearly two dozen commentators who appeared on major media outlets to discuss a U.S. strike have relationships with contractors and other conflicts of interest. Why no transparency?
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Hey Mr. Shihab-Eldin, I'm the President of the Middle East & North African Students Association at Davidson College just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, and (due a lack of means of communication) I was hoping you might be willing to come lecture at our school. Please let me know
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Sudan Sees Worst Unrest In Years In Khartoum. 
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan dropped almost completely off the Internet on Wednesday as riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies entered their third day and protesters battled security forces in the capital. Renesys Corp., a company that maps the pathways of the Internet, said it could not confirm whether the blackout was government-orchestrated.
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Very useful interview.  We can expect no substantive change in this sort of crap until we can revamp the U.S. electoral system (drawing of districts, finance, ballot access, size of House & Senate, instant runoff voting, etc.) such that we could elect the sort of representation that would not stand for this.  As long as the proverbial 1% and its "2-party system" has such tight control of the reins, there’s no hope for honesty and transparency in government.
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Severe flooding caused by heavy snowfall and torrential rains has left Gaza in chaos, with aid agencies warning of a crisis for refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters. The entire area has suffered from fuel shortages and daily electricity cuts, including 21-hour blackouts.
Severe flooding caused by heavy snowfall and torrential rains has left Gaza in chaos, with aid agencies warning of a crisis for refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters. The entire area has suffered from fuel shortages and daily electricity cuts, including 21-hour blackouts.
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Jaffa; a clockwork orange



I have a key to a home that has no door nor walls
but i can still smell jaffa oranges sweet in the breeze down the hill
over there stands a park where a village once stood
so my grandmother told me one day, almost everyday

Have you ever been to the sea
i've never been there but my grandfather has
it was warm and salty he says with moist eyes
but for me the wet of the sea is not allowed

Not too long ago we walked this land from water to water
over the hills and down into the farms tending rows and rows of orchards
some of the olive trees were thousands of years old
before armored bulldozers came broke and razed them into piles of kindling

Al Quds is a dream for all of us to see
without roadblocks checkpoints and permits
without smug smartass soldiers barking and pushing
that day seems so far away

What is ours we cannot build upon
for illegal immigrants with an army tear it down
yet they build what they want where they want
with all the water filling their pools as our crops wither and die

I walked with children in the southern Hebron hills
on public dirt roads not bothering no one
but then it  rides roaring down from inside a fortress colony
guns waving, curses launched from inside of beeping revving  cars

In the courts to be tried by foreigners in your land is surreal
in a military court judged by bigotry what chance do you have
someone somewhere somehow saw you throw a rock at a tank
you must pay for scratching the paint

Inside the stinking squalid cell in between your beatings
the words of your grandparents echo in your heart
you can almost smell the oranges on the limbs of Jaffa
you can almost taste the salt of the sea....you endure as a freedom rider
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"This is not normal, and this is inhumane. We always have to cry and scream to the world when a storm happens, only then they will look at us," Majed Abusalama told me on HuffPost Live. "We want a sustainable economy, not just aid." LIVE from ‪#‎GAZA‬
Severe flooding caused by heavy snowfall and torrential rains has left Gaza in chaos, with aid agencies warning of a crisis for refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters. The entire area has suffered from fuel shortages and daily electricity cuts, including 21-hour blackouts.
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Any kind of injustice is inhuman. 
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's president is asking aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's president is asking aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades. Hassan Rouhani's request reflects Iranian efforts to possibly build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week between the new Iranian president and President Barack Obama.
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Several years ago, I worked for a major international airline here at Chicago's international airport and we had many passengers who connect from Paris-CDG and other European hubs to Tehran. The TSA required that anyone who shows a passport from Iran (or one of a host of other countries) be "selected" for additional screening. Everyone, including infants and the elderly bound to a wheelchair, was subjected to this increased scrutiny for no reason other than their nationality. Regardless of whether they are even American citizens, if you show an Irani passport, you are considered a threat. Terribly humiliating and dehumanizing for thousands of travelers every year who are subjected to this cruel and unusual punishment. You shouldn't be singled out for harassment by government officials just for being brown.

I am glad that our two nations are finally able to look each other in the eye and speak openly with one another. Keep up the great work on HPL Ahmed!

(These are my own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or any other affiliated organization)
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The president of Bolivia said he will sue the United States for "crimes against humanity" after President Barack Obama allegedly refused to allow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to fly over Puerto Rico on his way to China on Thursday.
The president of Bolivia said he will sue the United States for "crimes against humanity" after President Barack Obama allegedly refused to allow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to fly over Puerto Rico on his way to China on Thursday.
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Che was so right about so many things...this is a classic example of neocolonialistic hubris...
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Not bad for a one year-old. Congratulations HuffPost Live
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Yes.  Just caught you on the French police brutally beating a black woman story.  Good reporting.  Without being phony, trivial or superficial, you are also a simply gorgeous man.
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"You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" Fox News' Lauren Green demanded of religious scholar Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," on Friday.

Aslan responded, "Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim."
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i'm palestinian by blood, american by birth, kuwaiti by family refuge, egyptian by upbringing, austrian by adolescence, curious by nature, and I work for Al Jazeera's @ajstream
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