Israel, academic freedom, and my alma mater

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Steven Salaita lost his job at the University of Illinois after posting over-the-top tweets critical of Israel.
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If you want peace in Israel, evict God

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In Israel, what began as a secular idea seems to have been co-opted by religious dogmatism.
Aerial bombing explosion in Gaza Strip during Cast Lead operation on January 14 2009. It was a three-week armed conflict in the Gaza Strip during the winter of 2008-2009. ChameleonsEye /

Parental angst and the Invasion of Gaza

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How nearly losing her 14 y.o. daughter at O’Hare made this mom think about the mothers in Gaza.

GOP publication: Blood Moon is God’s warning to Obama

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Apparently, because the Blood Moon happened during Passover it means God is PO’d.
11 year old Yemeni girl Nada Al Ahdal, who ran away rather than be married off to her uncle.

Iraq wants to lower marriage age to 9, legalize marital rape, ban women from leaving home

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Iraqi Minister of Planning Ali Shukri: “Iraq is the number one country in the world in marriages of young girls.”

“Why does #GayGestapo never complain about the hateful repression of women by Muslims?”

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Upset about their Mozilla loss, GOPers are now (falsely) claiming that the left ignores women in the Arab world.
White phosphorus over Gaza

Reflections on capitalism: Who are the Unpeople of the world?

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To whites, the poor and darker skinned are Unpeople. To the major capitalists, the circle is a whole lot larger.
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Are progressives anti-war?

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Is it wrong for progressives to “fan the flames of war” against Syria? What is the progressive position on war?
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TIME reporter jokingly calls for Assange’s murder by drone

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Bad joke or not, drone warfare has created more problems for the US than it has solved.
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Putin just forced NATO into Syria’s civil war

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By announcing his intention to provide Syria with anti-aircraft missiles, Putin may have forced NATO’s hand.

Religious right to target Starbucks in Middle East over gay marriage (bizarre)

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Of course, America’s religious right thinks Muslims are demons. So, good luck with that.
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Syrian opposition unites to fight Assad

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It’s an important step towards permanently removing Assad. Many potential donors have insisted on a unified force, which is now lead by the long time Assad critic and religious ...
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Turkey forces Syrian airliner down after tip about ‘illegal cargo’

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Turkish military jets forced down a Syrian airliner that was believed to be carrying military equipment.
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