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Opinion: American Spies in Germany: The End of Trust - by Gwynne Dyer
The question to bear in mind, when reading this whole sorry tale, is this. If Americans are, on average, no stupider than Germans, then why are their intelligence services so stupid?

Opinion: Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed - by Ramzy Baroud
On the 13th day of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 18 Israel soldiers been killed at the hands of the Resistance. In Shejaiya, elders, mothers and children scrambled for cover as shells mercilessly rained down, stealing the souls of countless innocents.

Opinion: MH17 – Who Did It? What Next? - by Gwynne Dyer
“...and once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s automatic. Good luck! Oh, and make sure nobody’s standing behind the missile when you launch.”

Opinion: The Origins of War - by Gwynne Dyer
The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them seemed to have died in battle. That was big news half a century ago, when most people still believed that organised killing was an invention of civilisation. Now they are back in the news, billed as evidence of the world’s oldest known battle.

Opinion: Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win - by Ramzy Baroud
When the bodies of three Israeli settlers - Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 - were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from around the world. The three had disappeared 18 days earlier in circumstances that remain unclear.

Opinion: Gaza 2014 - by Gwynne Dyer
Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, said something cryptic last Friday, shortly after the Israelis began their latest round of attacks on the Gaza Strip. Condemning Hamas’s conditions for accepting a ceasefire as “exaggerated and unnecessary,” he offered his condolences “to the families of the martyrs in Gaza who are fuel to those who trade in war. I oppose these traders, on both sides.”

Opinion: The Indonesian Election - by Gwynne Dyer
Only a very bad novelist would dare to write a scenario as simplistic as the current presidential election in Indonesia. A young, attractive, squeaky-clean man of the people running against a rich old general trailing war crimes accusations behind him: can’t you come up with a plot a bit more original than that?

Opinion: On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbour’s Beat up Car - by Ramzy Baroud
When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli ‘civil administration’ system – a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation.

Opinion: The Caliphate Returns - by Gwynne Dyer
“Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,” said Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, announcing the rebirth of the Caliphate in the broad territory between Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq. It hasn’t actually grown much more in the past couple of weeks, but it certainly intends to go on expanding.

Opinion: The Hong Kong Referendum - by Gwynne Dyer
“The oppositions in Hong Kong should understand and accept that Hong Kong is not an independent country. They should not think that they have the ability to turn Hong Kong into Ukraine or Thailand,” warned the Global Times, the most aggressively nationalistic of China’s state-run newspapers. Clearly, some important people in the Communist regime are very unhappy about the “civil referendum” on democracy that has just ended in Hong Kong.

Opinion: Thailand: It’s Quiet Out There - by Gwynne Dyer
“It’s quiet out there. Too quiet.” In the old Hollywood movies, that’s the line that one of the intrepid explorers utters just before all hell breaks loose in the jungle. But the army chiefs are probably saying it in Thailand, too.

Opinion: The Worthless US? - by Gwynne Dyer
“The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It's bullshit.” – Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski, secretly taped in early 2014. Discuss. Use only one side of the paper.

Opinion: Reverting to the Ummah: Who is the ‘Angry Muslim’ and Why ' – by Ramzy Baroud
"Brother, brother," a young man called out to me, as I hurriedly left a lecture hall in a community centre in Durban, South Africa. This happened at the height of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, after all efforts at stopping the ferocious US-Western military drives against these two countries had failed.

Opinion: Iraq: Time for a Tranquiliser - by Gwynne Dyer
It’s time for everybody in Iraq to take a tranquiliser. The media will go on fizzing with apocalyptic speculations for a week or so, because that kind of talk always sells, but the war of movement is over.

Opinion: Echoes of War - by Morgan Strong
The militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or I.S.I.S. is funded and controlled by America’s allies Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. The funding of I.S.I.S. comes largely from private citizens of these states, who have a tangential connection to the governments of these three countries. These several governments make no attempt to prevent those individuals or groups, who support I.C.I.S. from contributing, directing or encouraging the group.

Opinion: The Young War Criminal Speaks - by Gwynne Dyer
Whatever else you may say about the “young war criminal” (as British journalist Alan Watkins used to call former prime minister Tony Blair), he certainly fights his corner with great determination. He is condemned to spend his life defending his part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and last weekend he was at it again.

Opinion: What Palestinian Unity Is All About - The Real Task Ahead - by Ramzy Baroud
Palestinians are yet to achieve national unity despite the elation over the ‘national unity government’ now in operation in Ramallah. One has to be clear in the distinction between a Hamas-Fatah political arrangement necessitated by regional and international circumstances, and Palestinian unity.

Opinion: Kurdistan’s Big Chance - by Gwynne Dyer
Every disaster creates opportunities for somebody. If the Kurds of Iraq play their cards right, they could finally end up with the borders they want, fully recognised by a government in Baghdad that has been saved by Kurdish troops.
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  Opinion: American Spies in Germany: The End of Trust - by Gwynne Dyer  
  Opinion: Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed - by Ramzy Baroud  
  Opinion: MH17 – Who Did It? What Next? - by Gwynne Dyer  
  Opinion: The Origins of War - by Gwynne Dyer  
  Opinion: Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win - by Ramzy Baroud  
  Opinion: Gaza 2014 - by Gwynne Dyer  
  Opinion: On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbour’s Beat up Car - by Ramzy Baroud  
  Opinion: The Indonesian Election - by Gwynne Dyer  
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PM Etheni: Benghazi is First Line of Defense for Libya
"Benghazi is the first line of defense for Libya. If Benghazi falls, God forbid, all other Libyan cities would crumble down," says interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Theni during a press conference in the city.

Opinion: Haftar Leads A Coup: A General’s Odd War on the Muslim Brotherhood – by Ramzy Baroud
On May 16, Libya’s rogue general Khalifa Haftar staged several bloody attacks against other Libyan militias in the name of eradicating terrorism by leading a paramilitary force evasively named the Libyan National Army. His well-equipped brigades were rapidly joined by officers from national army bases in the eastern parts of the country.

 

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