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How can political shift to the right be stopped?  
The problem for the left is priorities. We live in a world in which the geopolitical power of the United States is in constant decline. And we live in a world in which the world-economy is seriously reducing state and personal incomes.
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Shutting Arab minds and mouths leads to disaster  
An important reason for the frailty and turbulence of the modern Arab world, in my view, was highlighted this week by two events in Jordan and Oman.
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Why $37 billion in US aid to Israel endangers us all  
Barack Obama says in his United Nations General Assembly speech Tuesday that Israel cannot forever expect to control and colonize the occupied Palestinian territories — days after he concluded a $38 billion aid package to Israel.
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Secular Stagnation, or is it worse?  
It is my argument that the modern world-system entered into this structural crisis circa 1970 and will remain in it for another 20-40 years. If we wish to assess useful action, we need to bear in mind two different temporalities, the short term (at most three years) and the middle term.
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America’s greatness and darkness emerge together  
The wider tragedy of the past 15 years demands of all of us greater efforts to affirm the goodness and equal rights of all people, rather than perpetuate the dangerous and arrogant fantasy of any self-appointed greatest nation on earth.
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Israel-Palestine clarity on the F-train from Brooklyn  
Popular sentiments in the US and the Middle East have started to play a more significant role in determining what happens in this conflict.
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Trump vs. Clinton: Predictions have consequences  
In the upcoming presidential election, feeling sure about who will be the victor is quite distinct from feeling sure about one's own preferences.
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Statecraft lessons from northern Syria  
Washington is the party that has military bases in 130 countries around the world, and has been bombing, killing, and boycotting assorted real and imagined enemies in the Arab-Asian region virtually non-stop for nearly the past quarter century.
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A call to action for law and human decency in Yemen  
The top United Nations human rights official has called for the establishment of an independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations of human rights violations in Yemen.
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