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Russian parliamentary elections

Democracy’s Last Chance

The Russian parliamentary elections went smooth as a silk dress under the hand. The ruling party, United Russia, has got a big majority of the seats in the Parliament, while the other three parties, the Communists (CPRF), the Nationalists and the Socialists shared the rest. Pro-Western parties did not cross the threshold and remained outside, […]

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Never mention the J-word

… It’s not applicable to Palestine Seems our politicians, on both sides of the Atlantic, are under instructions to drop the J-word from their vocabulary. I mean J-for-Justice, conspicuous missing from any discussion about Middle East peace and, more specifically, an end to the hell in the Holy Land. Only the other day at Westminster […]

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Pizza and Vodka Secrets Coming Out

The recent Syria agreement signed in Geneva by Kerry and Lavrov (probably it will be remembered as “Pizza and Vodka deal”, as the journalists have been served these delicacies by the negotiating teams during the time they had to wait for the results) beside the points disclosed by the foreign ministers included five documents. The […]

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Spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Photo: TPI

86% of French public wants Hollande to meet Dalai Lama

Dharamshala — A new opinion poll finds 86% of French public wants President Francois Hollande and other top officials to meet the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his seven-day trip to France. Tibet Support Groups in the French National Assembly have made similar appeals to Mr Hollande, in favor of […]

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Could Hamas’s Haniyeh steer a course to freedom?

Leadership change offers a glimmer of hope for Gazans, and possibly all Palestinians, stuck in that Holy Land hell At least, that how I view the news that Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh appears to have thrown his hat in the ring for chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, a position held by Khaled Meshaal […]

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The Facebook Czar

The Facebook Czar

[Ed. Note: Mark Zuckerberg is the Facebook Czar, ruling it with fierce determination to delete any expression of free speech that inconveniences the Higher Power he answers to and to punish the offenders by closing their accounts. Sometimes the reasons given are very hard to comprehend indeed, especially when they are in conflict with preceding decisions. Espen Egil […]

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Putin as Caesar

A Lousy Dancer

Putin as Caesar A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and […]

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Jewish Copyright

The Jewish copyright is eternal. In the beginning there was the Jew. And the Jew created his G-d in His own likeness. And his G-d gave him the Torah. And it was good. Its copyright needs no renewal because it is eternal. Then the Jew created the world and it was good. But then some […]

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A Syrian Living in Syria Speaks Out

“[Ed. Note” What makes this desperate call for help more heart rending is that this “Syrian living in Syria” does not seem to know that the American people to whom he appeals for help cannot even help themselves. And if the American people, most of whom have been led to believe that Syria is a hellhole […]

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Obama Gets No Respect

Has President Obama, the leader of the Western world, become a Rodney Dangerfield character on the world stage, the guy who gets no respect? First, he endured a humiliating snub on his arrival in China for the G20 meeting. What, “Deliveries through the service door, please?” And no red carpet, that’s for Putin. HANGZHOU, China (AP) — […]

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ISIS vs Sauds

Will a “highly likely” London terror attack bolster support for a failing war in Syria?

After a spate of devastating terrorist attacks that took place in Belgium France and Germany, Prime Minister Teresa May repeatedly said a terrorist attack in the UK is “highly likely”. She also said the Government is “making more funding available to the police for counter-terrorism policing”. Therefore it appears rather suspicious if the terror threat […]

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A Crooked Mile

The “crooked mile” from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile etc) is Fleet Street, which is well known to London journalists. So I was told when I joined the BBC at Bush House, at the very end of Fleet Street. Not only is the street […]

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The 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism (“Fascism Anyone?,” Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine’s policy.

The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

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