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Non-combat combat troops (video)

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PART 1: Rebranding will not change fact that US troops in Iraq will be involved in combat PART 2: Debt owed to Iraqi people can only be paid after ending occupation The Real News Network

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Commentary: A surge without a strategy in Afghanistan

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President Obama has things backward in Afghanistan. He is putting the escalation cart way out in front of the strategy horse. Obama has already announced plans to escalate the war by sending 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But in his address to Congress, he acknowledged he was still working to "forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." It would have... Read more

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Contested terrain: Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan and the peace movement

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The meaning of President Obama's Iraq withdrawal speech, and its influence on real U.S. policy in Iraq, will not be determined solely by his actual words. The import of the speech — and whether its promises become real — will be determined by a fluid combination of what Obama says, his own definitions of what he says, AND the disparate ways his speech is heard, perceived, described and contest... Read more

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La política israelí da mala fama a los judíos

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A la mayoría de los judíos que conozco la existencia de Israel no le causa mucho placer; por el contrario. Se sienten indignados por el comportamiento de sus parientes tribales hacia los palestinos. Esta antipatía no tiene que ver con el derecho a la existencia de Israel, un falso argumento que aún esgrimen los sionistas de línea dura. Israel existe, y punto. La mayor parte del mundo lo recono... Read more

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Israeli policy gives Jews a bad name

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Most Jews I know get little pleasure from the existence of Israel; just the opposite. They feel disgusted by the behavior of their tribal kin toward Palestinians. This antipathy doesn’t concern Israel’s right to exist, a phony argument still maintained by hard line Zionists. Israel exists, period. Most of the world recognizes that. Anyone wanting to eliminate it belongs in the loony bin or pri... Read more

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Iran’s revolution in global history

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Iran's transformation in 1979 shares characteristics with earlier revolutions in France, Russia, China and Cuba; but it also makes a unique - and unfinished - contribution to world history, says Fred Halliday.... Read more

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Israel’s war crimes

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Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?... Read more

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Obama to announce Iraq troop withdrawal

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If Obama's announcement had meant the withdrawal of all US troops and mercenaries, it would be something to celebrate, says Phyllis Bennis, but the reality of 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq means that the occupation is far from over.... Read more

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