Another Worthless Ceasefire Agreement In Syria

(Inquisitr) – So this ceasefire agreement would be a great waste of time if it wasn’t for the fact that the U.S. wasn’t already pinned down in Syria, trying to keep Russia from taking credit for anything.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fighting battles uphill to come to some agreement with the Russians, to impose another ceasefire between the rebels and the Syrian government, so that the United Nations can at the very least, distribute humanitarian aid to those in need.

The agreement is said to be for a week, before they take the next steps. But be skeptical about this agreement. Though everything that John Kerry has said about dividing the region as to where Syrian troops can attack extremists; will have to wait and see how this first week goes.

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Iraq’s Rapid Execution Of ISIS Militants, Justice Or Sectarianism?

(Inquisitr) – It’s been reported that the Islamic State is on the run in Iraq, or that they’re being pushed out and aggressively fighting back. According to many of these reports however, their domination of territory has significantly weakened and as their strongholds are taken over by those coalition forces, they’re cracking down on those who fought with and for the Islamic State.

Various sources are reporting on the execution of 36 ISIS fighters by the Iraqi government for the killing of 1,700 recruits who were kidnapped from a base in 2014. Even though this kind of “justice” is common for justice systems throughout the Middle East, there’s reason to also be concerned that this might also fuel sectarianism, as the ISIS militants are Sunni Muslims.

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Foreign Policy: President Obama’s Decision To Arm Syria’s Rebels

(Inquisitr) – For at least the last five years, Republicans have been furious about President Obama’s non-involvement in the Middle East, with the growing threat of Islamic State, Libya, Syria, etc.

Those to the extreme left have also been furious about the president’s drone strike programs, which have killed many civilians. Obviously, Republicans are hard at work creating fiction, as it only takes a little determination to find out that — while he isn’t sending thousands of troops into the Middle East — he’s doing something about it. One argument has been over arming rebels to stand a chance against the Assad regime in Syria.

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Amira Hass: Stone-Throwing Is ‘Sort Of’ A Message, Which The Israelis Don’t Listen To [VIDEO]

Israeli-Jewish Journalist Amira Hass has gotten a lot of heat for an article she wrote for the Israeli news source Haaretz called “The Anti-Semitism That Goes Unreported”, where she defends the Palestinian anger against Israel, who always act out violently against Palestinians.

She received so much heat in fact that according to The Electronic Intifada (EI), Haaretz removed the original post a few days after it had been published before it was put up again. Here she is interviewed in 2013 to defend the article, which was published on July 18th, 2012; one year prior to this interview.

I would agree that her statement where she defends stone-throwing appears to be made with less confidence than to say that it is a message, which only makes the subject on the act itself more vulnerable to attack.

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