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Israel seized 2,500 acres of Palestinian land in 2017

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+972’s Story of the Year: The trial of Dareen Tatour

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The surreal arrest and trial of a Palestinian poet symbolizes a crackdown on free speech, surveillance on social media, and rising authoritarian trends in Israel. +972’s Story of the Year for 2017. By +972 Magazine For the past year and half, a strange and disturbing drama has been playing out in a Haifa courtroom. In the defendant’s seat is a poet, on trial for a political poem she wrote, performed, and published on Facebook. Whether she goes to prison for publishing that poem rests largely on how the judge ultimately interprets a few words translated by a policeman whose main…

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Abbas condemns Israeli ruling party vote for West Bank annexation

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AFP © AFP | Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas sits in front of a picture of the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in th…

Source: Abbas condemns Israeli ruling party vote for West Bank annexation

Syria’s Assad names new defense and other ministers: state TV

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FILE PHOTO: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as seen in Damascus, Syria November 14, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS Reuters BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday issue…

Source: Syria’s Assad names new defense and other ministers: state TV

Washington DC’s role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think

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On television, we found more than 1,100 titles received Pentagon backing – 900 of them since 2005, from ‘Flight 93’ to ‘Ice Road Truckers’ and ‘Army Wives’ Blooms Mag | December 31, 2017 The US gov…

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Washington Post Ad Calls Singer Lorde a Bigot Over Cancelled Israeli Show

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A backlash against New Zealand singer Lorde continues in the wake of her decision to call off her concert in Israel amid pressure from her fans following Trump’s Jerusalem move.

Source: Washington Post Ad Calls Singer Lorde a Bigot Over Cancelled Israeli Show