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Archives: February 2015

The “Christian State” of Idaho?

KXLY ABC | -- "Do you think Idaho should be classified as a Christian state? That's the question the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will answer Tuesday night. KXLY4's Aaron Luna reports."…

President Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill

RT | -- As promised, US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill from Congress which will halt construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Defying the wishes of the Republican-led House…

The Dynamism of American Islam

By Joseph Richard Preville and Julie Poucher Harbin | (ISLAMiCommentary) How do Muslims fit into the quilt of American history? Jonathan Curiel investigates this question in his new book, Islam in America…

Israel denies Gaza govt floodwater allegations

NB AFP has withdrawn the original story. BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel on Monday rejected allegations by the government in the Gaza Strip that authorities had released storm water into the coastal enclave.…

Article withdrawn

NB: Israel has denied this allegation. Informed Comment is withdrawing this article, since apparently AFP is not standing behind it. IC is not on the ground and was syndicating here. GAZA CITY…

Report: Attacks on Iraqi Women are a War Tactic

By Leila Lemghalef UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Iraqi women continue to be subject to physical, emotional and sexual violence, according to a new report by Minority Rights Group International and Ceasefire Centre…

Oklahoma: AP History Abandoned For Christian Agenda

TheLipTV | - "An Oklahoma legislative committee just approved an “emergency” bill introduced by Representative Dan Fisher that would cut state funding for Advanced Placement (AP) US History. Fisher’s agenda seems to…

AP Investigates: Bulk of Gaza Deaths Civilians

Associated Press | - "AP Exclusive: High civilian death toll in Gaza house strikes during Israeli conflict with Hamas militant group during the summer of 2014. Over 60 percent of those deaths…

Iran Nuclear Talks: They said it Couldn’t be Done

By Carlyn Meyer | (Informed Comment) - According to sources familiar with negotiations between the international P5+1 group and Iran, the Obama Administration is optimistic that a deal can be reached over…

Today’s Top 7 Myths about Daesh/ ISIL

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) - The self-styled 'Islamic State' Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security…

Netanyahu urges Europe’s Jews to move to Israel

Euronews | - "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to this weekend's deadly synagogue shooting in Copenhagen by urging European Jews to emigrate to Israel. Netanyahu's invitation comes despite reassurances from his…

Afghanistan Wakes Up To Daesh/ ISIL Threat

By Qadir Habib and Michael Scollon | (RFE/RL) - After consistently rejecting the idea, Kabul could no longer ignore what self-declared recruiters and fighters had been telling them for months -- the…

al-Qaeda’s Feud with Denmark

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) - Denmark is a relatively small country, with a population of 5.7 million. But it is relatively wealthy, being the 35th largest economy in the world,…

“Drastic Decline” Seen in World Press Freedom

By Leila Lemghalef UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - A leading advocacy group warns of a “worldwide deterioration in freedom of information” last year.Out of the 180 countries being surveyed, two-thirds have slipped in…

Debating U.S. Foreign Policy: Where are the Women?

By Jasmin Ramsey | - WASHINGTON (IPS) - Women are running some of the United States’ most prominent foreign policy focused think tanks, leading groundbreaking foreign policy initiatives, and reporting from the…

ISIL Militants Burn Three Iraqis Alive

By RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq | - Officials and eyewitnesses say Islamic State (IS) militants have burned at least three people alive in Iraq's western Anbar Province. The victims, residents of an…

Being An Antiwar Activist In Israel Is Dangerous

AJ+ | - "Being an antiwar activist in Israel is dangerous. Israelis who protested against the 2014 Gaza offensive were threatened, harassed and attacked. Some even lost their jobs. Yoav Eliassi, also…