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JERUSALEM CRISIS HEATS UP: Jordan king warns Israel against Al Aqsa ‘provocation’ – The National World

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OCCUPIED Jerusalem – Israeli security forces entered the Al Aqsa compound on Monday for a second straight day, sparking a stern warning from Jordan’s king.

“Any more provocation in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel” which have a 1994 peace accord, said King Abdullah II after talks with visiting British prime minister David Cameron.

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Jeremy Corbyn: the Most Leftwing Leader Labor Has Ever Had – Tariq Ali/CounterPunch

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The ironies of history never fail to surprise. Measured by any criteria, Jeremy Corbyn is the most left-wing leader in the history of the Labour Party. He understands that those who do evil abroad are unlikely to do much good at home. He is the staunchest anti-imperialist Member of Parliament. A contrast with his political forebears proves this assertion. Keir Hardie’s socialism floundered on the battlefields of the First World War, with Arthur Henderson serving in Lloyd George’s war cabinet.

Labour’s first Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald, worshiped the Dukes and Duchesses of high society and ended up taking the Labour into a National Government and splitting the party. Benefit cuts was the issue. George Lansbury, who led the remnants, was a decent enough man and highly respected but too busy nursing the amputated  party to have much of an impact.

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U.S. and Iran Both Conflict and Converge – TIM ARANGO and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK/The New York Times

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BAGHDAD — American troops advising Iraqi security forces in restive Anbar Province are sharing a base with odd bedfellows: an Iranian-backed militia that once killed United States soldiers. Both are fighting the militants of the Islamic State.

Here in the capital, though, Tehran and Washington still line up on opposite sides. The United States is urging the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government to do more to enlist members of the Sunni minority against the Islamic State. Shiite-led Iran and its proxies are thwarting that effort.

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Boycott On Aisle Three: Avoid These 6 Products That Support Israeli Apartheid – Kit O’Connell/Mintpress

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Israeli dates in a grocery store marked with the yellow boycott stickers.

From hummus to feta cheese to dates, your grocery list can be a means of supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement

AUSTIN, Texas — The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which supports an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, is growing fast, in part because of how easy it is for people to participate. One of the simplest ways to support BDS is by making the right choices at the grocery store.

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It’s Time for Israel to Disarm – Alex Kane/Al Jazeera America

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A nuke-free Israel will create a more stable Middle East

It’s September in New York: the start of a diplomatic marathon that will no doubt bring renewed attention to Israel’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

Since 1974, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a laudable Egyptian-sponsored resolution calling for the Middle East to become a nuclear weapons free zone each year. Starting five years later, the UN began repeatedly passing an Egyptian-authored resolution calling on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which it would disarm and place its nuclear materials under international inspection. But these resolutions are nonbinding, and the leading Arab state’s calls to focus on Israel’s arsenal of at least 80 nuclear warheads are usually ignored by Western powers.
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Russia not backing down on Assad – Al-Monitor

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US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sept. 5 that a Russian military buildup in Syria “could further escalate the conflict” and even risk confrontation with US-led coalition forces.

Moscow’s ramping up in its support for the Syrian government is the latest iteration of a remarkably consistent approach to Syria since the beginnings of the uprisings and civil war in 2011. For Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, or more accurately the Syrian government, is essential to defeat terrorist groups that directly threaten Russia.

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How Bibi’s Iran obsession has damaged American-Jewish community’s image – Uri Savir/Al-Monitor

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Now that President Barack Obama has gained the upper hand in the congressional battle, the Iran deal will come into effect at the end of September. This will be a very rare case in which the partnership between the Israeli government and the powerful pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), will suffer a defeat in Congress.

In this battle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not just making his position clear against the deal; for this, he did not need to recruit the organized Jewish community to support a well-orchestrated campaign in Congress. Netanyahu was actually hoping to win.

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Iran’s President Rouhani sends message for Jewish new – AP

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent greetings to the Jewish people on the occasion of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

Early Monday morning, Rouhani’s Twitter account posted the message, “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect and bring peace and mutual understanding. L’Shanah Tovah.”

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Bernie Sanders tries to meet with Black leaders but nobody shows up: Only 6 Congressional Black Caucus members attend – Sophia Tesfaye/Salon.com

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Still, the Democratic candidate forges on with a game plan to sway African-American voters in South Carolina

In an effort to court African-American support for his presidential campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held a meeting this week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, but only 6 members showed up.

According to Politic365, “the meeting took place outside the Capitol Building so that the members could talk politics and election strategy in depth.” And according to the invitation, the meeting was meant to serve as “overview of CBC priorities and a conversation on pressing issues impacting the African American community.”

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Thomas Friedman Is Calling for a New World Order in Syria – Jonas E. Alexis/ Veterans Today

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Thomas Friedman reminds me of “the infernal Serpent” in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. That “infernal Serpent” embraces real chaos and irrationality when he said to himself: “Evil, be thou my good!”

Flaming Zionist Thomas L. Friedman, who has said that his high school years were “one big celebration of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War,” has proposed two alternative solutions to the Syrian refugees coming to Europe and elsewhere, but neither of which is reasonable or compatible with the political order and moral law. He said:

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The Nuclear Deal: Bibi and the Consequences – Mitchell Cohen/HuffPo

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The Iran Accord is arguably the most significant strategic setback to Israeli diplomacy since the founding of the Jewish State.

Friends of Israel, especially dovish ones on the left like me, need to bracket, at least for a moment, the debate over the deal’s pros and cons and raise some disquieting questions.

But first, an admission: I think the accord bodes great ill for the Middle East (not just Israel) and has profoundly unsettling implications for advocates of nuclear non-proliferation.

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