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Will Israel attack Iran?

When Benjamin Netanyahu humiliated U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden two weeks ago with his settlements announcement it was just one more calculated effort to both expose Barack Obama as a weak president and to increase Netanyahu's own geo-political power. Unfortunately for the Middle East, Obama, and the world in general, the brinkmanship seemed to work. The immediate U.S. response to this deliberate humiliation was half-hearted, weak and confused. The balance of power within the U.S.-Israeli alliance appeared to shift overnight. Obama is the classic ditherer -- faced with someone bold and daring, he simply can't find the moral outrage or courage to stand up for his principles.

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Van Jones speaks to the Good Jobs Summit

October 8, 2014
| Van Jones says he came here to speak to the Good Jobs Summit because "you've got a crazy dude up here, and it's not Rob Ford." Here is his keynote address from Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Length: 51:04 minutes (93.54 MB)

Noam Chomsky: How many minutes to midnight? Hiroshima Day 2014

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If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

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July 23, 2014 |
As shut-offs enter their third month, the Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians will send a convoy of 1,000 litres of water to Detroit with a message for President Obama.
July 11, 2014 |
What is happening in Detroit? Here is a breakdown of the situation and the most frequently asked questions.
July 9, 2014 |
A new survey shows that Wal Mart's mistreatment of its employees is harming the company's reputation among consumers and causing some loyal customers to shop elsewhere.

Serving up hot dishes at Conflict Kitchen

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Conflict Kitchen is a Pittsburgh restaurant that only serves food from countries that the U.S. is in conflict with.

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| April 18, 2014

As peace talks flounder, Palestinians need more BDS, says Diana Buttu

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John Kerry's inspired peace process since July between the Israelis and Palestinians is "worse than going nowhere," and so "the big question becomes what to do next," argues the Ramallah based Palestinian-Canadian human rights lawyer, Diana Buttu.

"There might be an extension to the talks, but that extension is actually going to be a bad thing, not a good thing. The longer negotiations go on, the worse the situation gets on the ground" she told rabble in a recent interview.

"The international community has been putting a lot of emphasis on the Kerry talks; the Palestinian people are not. They are recognizing it for what it is, which is a sham and a process to allow Israel to build more settlements and buy more time," Buttu continues.

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Environmental groups to Obama: Any deal to approve Keystone XL would be a bitter betrayal

Amid rumors that the Obama administration might try to cut an emissions deal with Canada in order to justify approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, leaders from 25 U.S. environmental groups -- backed by millions of members and at least 75,000 individuals willing to engage incivil disobedience -- warned the president on Tuesday that such a deal would be considered nothing less than a bitter betrayal.

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