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Gaza: Fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

July 24, 2014
USA Today    
Posted in News

"Clashes continued unabated between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas fighters in the Gaza strip Thursday, with the prospect of a truce before Eid al-Fitr -- Muslims' most important holiday -- increasingly unlikely. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. ... 'We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices,' said Hamas leader haled Meshaal at a news conference in Qatar on Wednesday. 'We will not accept anything but the end of the siege.'" (07/24/14)

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Parasite panic

July 24, 2014
Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  
Posted in Commentary

"Have you ever spotted a fat, juicy, satisfied blood sucking tick firmly attached to your dog, and pulled it off with a pair of tweezers watching its legs flailing about wildly before you dispatched it? That's what parasites do when you suddenly deprive them of their hosts. They panic. And that's just what the alarmed parasitical politicians in Washington are doing today as they rush to decide what to do about America's corporate 'hosts' that are fed up with over taxation and are moving overseas to avoid it." (07/24/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/07/parasite-panic.html  

Nigeria: Dozens killed in twin blasts

July 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times    
Posted in News

"Twin blasts in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna on Wednesday -- both reportedly assassination attempts against prominent figures, killed at least 82 people. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts, but the first attack targeted the convoy of a cleric who has often criticized the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. ... a second blast in a busy part of Kaduna killed about 50 people. It was apparently aimed at opposition politician Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader who was a runner-up in the 2011 elections, according to his son, Musa, who spoke to Reuters from the scene." (07/23/14)

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Somalia: Islamists gun down protest singer turned politician

July 24, 2014
Reuters    
Posted in News

"A veteran Somali protest singer who had become a member of parliament was shot dead in central Mogadishu on Wednesday by Islamist gunmen who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets. Saado Ali Warsame was one of fewer than 30 women lawmakers in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said. Believed to be in her 70s, she was renowned for songs that landed her in jail when she challenged the former dictator Siad Barre before he was toppled in 1991 and Somalia plunged into conflict." (07/23/14)

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Americans say country is “more divided.” Maybe it’s not divided enough.

July 24, 2014
JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  
Posted in Commentary

"About two-thirds of Americans say the country is more politically divided than it was four years ago, with blame going equally to the president and Congress. Fortunately, our countrymen have a plan for addressing these divisions: they plan to vote this November, presumably to enact their vision of the good life into law and stuff it down the throats of the folks on the other side of the divide." (07/23/14)

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Iraq: 60 killed in attack on prisoner convoy

July 24, 2014
Fox News    
Posted in News

"Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gun battle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said. ... The dawn attack began with militants firing mortar rounds on Iraqi army bases in the town of Taji, where suspects were being held on terrorism charges, prompting officials to evacuate the facilities, fearing a jailbreak. As the convoy traveled through a remote area, roadside bombs went off and militants opened fire." (07/24/14)

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What rights do we have?

July 24, 2014
Tibor R. Machan The Daily Bell
by Tibor R. Machan  
Posted in Commentary

"As Locke and quite a few others before him -- in what is called the Natural Law tradition of ethics and politics -- maintained, our basic rights are supposed to be natural and thus not created or granted (as privileges would be) by people, including governments. Governments or lawmakers are themselves supposed to be bound by these rights to conduct their administrative and other duties without violating them." (07/23/14)

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