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East Asia: A Farewell to Arms 30.9.2014 Truthout.com
East Asia faces an enormous number of challenges. The countries of the region clash over territory, argue over history, compete for diminishing natural resources, and dispute the balance of power along the Pacific Rim. In response to all these challenges, the United States has offered a one-size-fits-all approach: free trade and more arms. Ratification of the free trade agreement the United States is pushing in the region, known as the TPP ( Trans-Pacific Partnership ), remains a long shot. In the meantime, Washington has fallen back on arms peddling and burden sharing. The Pacific Pivot of the Obama administration is only the latest version of a militarized U.S. response to regional conflicts. For many years, Washington has been pushing its allies in the region to buy high-priced U.S. weapons systems and spend a larger percentage of their GDP on defense. Tragically, the final denouement of Washington’s military evangelism could be catastrophic conflicts that end American influence in the region. East ...
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Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now 30.9.2014 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel with perpetrating "a new war of genocide… against the Palestinian people." After that, when he described Israel's actions as "a series of absolute war crimes," it almost seemed like a softening of the rhetoric. Abbas not only referred to Israel as the "occupying power"—a neutral term—but sprinkled in the words "colonial" and "racist." In the operative part of his address, Abbas declared that "it is impossible to return" ...
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Get the authorization 30.9.2014 The Moderate Voice
WASHINGTON — President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate. Do your jobs, everybody. As legal justification for the war, Obama relies on two measures, passed more [...]
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Wales: can the slumbering dragon awake? 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The upheaval after Scotlands vote should bring a historic moment for Wales. But, can it finally seize the opportunity to become more than a nearly nation? So what of Wales? Throughout the turbulent Scottish referendum, it has been the bystander, the afterthought, the constitutional Cinderella. When Scotland toyed with departing the United Kingdom , Wales shuddered. When Scotland was wooed with lavish gifts, Wales feared those same gifts might pass it by. Now Wales is suddenly thrust on stage: the campaign for further devolution is coming its way. Can Wales seize the moment and refashion itself as more than a nearly nation in the new political geography of Europe? I am Welsh, or rather half-Welsh a member of that Celtic-Saxon crossbreed which historians say made Britain what it is. Like thousands of his compatriots, my father left Merthyr on a university scholarship and never returned except for holidays. My English mother would react fiercely if we said we were Welsh. We were half-Welsh, half-English. A ...
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Its like ancient warfare: meet Colombias cricket-mad wicketkeeper 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Dressed in immaculate whites, Jairo Andres Venegas is set to be the first Colombian-born player to play for the national side

My friends think of me as a madman. Jairo Andres Venegas is a rather unusual Colombian. Hes very probably the only Colombian with a collection of cricket bats from the 1950s and 1960s. Hes almost certainly the only Colombian to have a Lords tea-towel framed and hanging on the wall of his living room. Hes surely the only Colombian able to compare the sport of cricket to the Battle of Waterloo or currently juggling his leisure-time reading between CLR Jamess Beyond a Boundary and A History of Cricket in 100 Objects by Gavin Mortimer. And next weekend hell definitely (last-minute injury disasters notwithstanding) become the first Colombian-born player to ever play for the national cricket side.

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Cruises to disputed islands offer bland food, gray views and a chance to press China's claims 30.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles 30.9.2014 AP Top News
ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) -- On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea....
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Mahmoud Abbas’s dangerous grandstanding 30.9.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
THE GOOD news from the Middle East is that the truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has held for a month, and Hamas appears ready to make concessions to avoid a resumption of fighting. Last week the Islamist movement renewed its agreement with the secular Fatah party to turn over Gaza’s government and security control of its borders to the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. Though it’s not clear that the accord will last, Hamas is emerging as the loser of the summer war. According to Israel, as much as 80 percent of Hamas’s military arsenal has been destroyed , and its poll ratings among Palestinians are sinking as it fails to deliver the gains it promised from the ...
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Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president trade accusations at the United Nations 30.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Counter-terrorism laws to target people who subvert society in other countries 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

New laws broaden the existing prohibition on engaging in armed hostilities in a foreign state

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Trial of Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic inches toward conclusion 30.9.2014 L.A. Times - World News
The slow-turning wheels of justice in the case against Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic creaked toward a milestone Monday when the prosecutor in his war crimes trial called for a life sentence for the psychologist-turned-politician accused of genocide.
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Officials: Removing protected birds from old Bay Bridge span could cost millions of dollars 30.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Obama, the serial interventionist 30.9.2014 Hindu: Opinion
Barack Obama has been more at ease waging wars than in waging peace. He has proved to be one of America’s most militarily assertive Presidents since World War II
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Iran foils BBC's plot to 'steal documents' 29.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
Tehran, Sep 29 : Iran's intelligence ministry has thwarted a plot by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to steal artistic, historical and cultural documents from the country's archive centres, the ministry has said.
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Beyond climate change treaties: 'a deal in Paris is not essential' 29.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Ahead of the climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on international agreements, reports Yale Environment 360

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Radovan Karadzic called a liar in final remarks at Bosnia war crimes trial 29.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Prosecutors say ex-Bosnian Serb leader lacks credibility in denials over atrocities and is promoting a revisionist history Continue reading...
Israeli foreign minister says Palestinian leader doesn't want peace, calls his speech 'hatred' 29.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Hong Kong Rocked With Protests As China Tries To Limit Political Rights 29.9.2014 Outside the Beltway
The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters upset over China's efforts to control the city's political future.
The Next Attorney General Should Enforce the Rule of Law, Protect Constitutional Rights and Investigate Abuse of Power 29.9.2014 Truthout.com
Eric Holder’s tenure as attorney general will be remembered for the failure to prosecute any leading bankers who were responsible for the collapse of the economy. While the SEC negotiated large fines, the DOJ prosecuted none of those who were guilty of crimes that robbed the wealth of tens of millions of Americans. The failure to prosecute bankers was one example of many where corporate power dominated the DOJ on finance, environmental, labor and other issues. This should have been an era of aggressive enforcement of corporate crime, instead corporate criminals were rarely investigated. It will also be remembered for the mistaken lack of enforcement against war crimes; in particular torture committed by US officials during the Bush administration as well as failing to take any action against lawyers in the Department of Justice and CIA who provided legal cover to torture. Instead of putting up a red light to unauthorized wars and military action, the Holder DOJ provided legal cover the massive drone ...
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What's At Stake For Hong Kong? 29.9.2014 NPR News
As thousands of people throng Hong Kong's financial district to protest for democratic reforms, many wonder whether Beijing will crack down.
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