Thought for the day

"We can have democracy or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few. We cannot have both." -- US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

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"How much longer will their snivelling cowardice stop them setting free the 

"Two million prisoners of Gaza and giving the Palestinians their lands back?

"Decent people have been weeping for Gaza for 15 years, and it hasn’t done the slightest bit of good. Ten years ago I wrote a piece about the situation in Gaza, harking back to a report I did five years earlier, in 2007, after returning from a visit there.

The Biden administration approved new arms sales worth an estimated total of $5 billion to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this week.

Tunisian analyst Dr Ali Chokri looks at why President Kais Saied decided in July 2021 to suspend parliament and freeze political activities pending a new constitution, why that constitution – adopted in a low turnout referendum – is so controversial, and the present economic and security situations in Tunisia.>>

 An architect-designer in southern Finland has returned to a frozen lake with a snow shovel to drag a large animal across the ice for the sixth year in a row, creating an artwork he hopes will 'make people happy. and encourages them to go out. To rise in a beautiful nature'.

 

On 4 December, Pasi Vidgren pulled a fox about 90 meters (295 ft) on Lake Pitkjarvi, north of Helsinki.

 

In previous years, he used a shovel to sketch a bear and an owl, always using the same lake as his canvas.

Integrated air and missile defense in the Middle East with Israeli participation is “a priority” for the U.S., Gen. Michael Kurilla, the head of the U.S. Central Command, told Axios after a visit to the region.

Why it matters: Missile and drone attacks by Iran and its proxies have become the main threat to the U.S., Israel and Arab countries in the region.

The Tehran summit uniting Iran-Russia-Turkey was a fascinating affair in more ways than one. Ostensibly about the Astana peace process in Syria, launched in 2017, the summit joint statement duly noted that Iran, Russia and (recently rebranded) Turkiye will continue, “cooperating to eliminate terrorists” in Syria and “won’t accept new facts in Syria in the name of defeating terrorism.”

That’s a wholesale rejection of the “war on terror” exceptionalist unipolarity that once ruled West Asia.

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