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Syrian army kills 45 in Hama protest hub

At least 45 people were killed on Sunday when the army launched an attack on the flashpoint protest city of Hama in central Syria, a human rights activist said. ‘The army and security forces entered Hama this morning and opened fire on civilians, killing 45 and wounding several more,’ Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

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Multilingualism Is Needed More Than Ever

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. “Much the most important thing about language is its capacity for generating imagined communities, building in effect particular solidarities. After all, imperial languages are still vernaculars, and thus particular vernaculars among many.” -Linguist Stephen R. Anderson. The mass killing of dozens of people in Norway by an anti-immigrant, anti-multicultural extremist is just one of ...

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Genocidal politics and the Somali famine

Droughts are common in the Somali peninsula, but only an exceptional one produces famine. For instance, the Horn of Africa drought of 1984 did not produce famine in Somalia, while the Ethiopian population was devastated. The latter country suffered famine because the military government of the time was engaged in a civil war, and did not come to the rescue ...

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Islamists suspected over Libyan rebel death

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels say the gunmen who shot dead their military chief were members of an Islamist-linked militia that is allied to their struggle to overthrow veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi. The assassination of Abdel Fattah Younes, apparently by his own side, has hurt the opposition just as it was winning broader international recognition and launching an offensive ...

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Chancellor Merkel’s Un-Berlin Conference?

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. “I wipe out rebellious tribes with streams of blood and streams of money. Only following this cleansing can something new emerge.” -Germany’s Commander In Chief, Adrian Dietrich Lothar von Trotha, of German South-West Africa, 1904 On the surface, the Berlin Conference, much like other Western summits, was about “civilizing” and “Christianizing” Africa’s pagan and ...

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The Turkish Military Snaps

CNN Global Public Square, July 29, 2011 Today’s news of the mass resignation of Turkey’s Chief of Staff, General Isik Kosaner, and the force commanders is a sign that the Turkish military, the second largest force in NATO, is snapping under the weight of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Since the AKP came to power in Ankara in ...

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Iraq PM due before MPs as US troop talks cancelled

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is due to make a rare appearance before Iraq’s parliament on Saturday to push a plan for downsizing a bloated government that critics accuse of inaction. An aide to Maliki, meanwhile, said a meeting of political leaders to discuss the looming issue of whether US troops should stay in Iraq…

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Arrested US soldier ‘admits to terror plot’

Police in the southwestern state of Texas have arrested a US soldier for planning what they called a “terror plot” against Fort Hood, the military base where a fellow serviceman went on a deadly shooting rampage in 2009. Army private Naser Jason Abdo, who gave several television interviews last year saying he was opposed to deployment in Afghanistan, became the target ...

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