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The wild beast of Israeli racism

Asa WinstanleyThis week the prime minister of Israel slandered Arabs in disgustingly racist terms. This was nothing new for the man who, during the last election, warned the Israeli people that “the Arabs” were turning out to vote “in droves”. But the terminology he used was a notable new low, even for him.

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Why does Turkey denounce America’s position on the Democratic Union Party?

When Russia needs ground forces to attack the Syrian opposition, it convinces the Kurds that they will get a slice of Syria if they help the Russian occupationSome may question or wonder about the firm opposition of the Turkish government to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its contact and cooperation with the US administration. The party is Syrian, not Turkish, and in normal circumstances any objections should come from the Syrian government rather than Turkey’s.

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The West is playing an old game with the minorities of the Orient

Francois Guizot (1787-1874), France’s foreign minister, and Brugière, Baron de Barante, its ambassador in St Petersburg (the capital of Tsarist Russia) were friends. On 31 December 1840, the minister wrote a special letter to the ambassador in Russia. Guizot started his letter saying "my dear friend, there is no necessity for much explanation between me and you." Perhaps Guizot meant by this phrase to rely on de Barante’s intelligence to comprehend what is intended from his subsequent sentences that were somewhat exploratory. Guizot’s letter goes on to say:

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Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?

Bernie Sanders, United States SenatorStanding metres from Martin Luther King during a Civil Rights march must have been a proud moment for the young Bernie Sanders. One can imagine the now veteran US senator sensing the gravity of the situation, burdened by duty and moral obligation to bring an end to centuries of legalised discrimination.

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Tunisia struggles to cope with radicalised youth

Christine Petré

The Tunisian parliament has voted in favour of changes to a law which will ensure that detainees have a right to an attorney. The legislative revision comes at a time when an increasing crackdown on terrorism has resulted in rising reports of youth arrests accompanied by police brutality, as well as detention and torture. The country continues to struggle with a large number of radicalised youth and, consequently, is trying to respond effectively to this threat.

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