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Jan23

Is the US headed for dictatorship? One academic says yes

By: Jim Sleeper Source: openDemocracy As Donald Trump rampaged through the Republican primaries last March, I argued here and on the New York National Public Radio station’s Brian Lehrer Show that neoliberal Democrats as well as free-marketeering Republicans were leaving it to Trump to do what his Inaugural Address has left him no choice but to do: to become the dictator of the nationalist, plutocratic regime that he is installing under the banner of what he called “a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.” He has vowed to vindicate forgotten Americans and, through them, American greatness: “January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became...

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Jan23

Kazakhstan: Syria peace talks off to a slow start

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The first day of talks aimed at solidifying the cease-fire in Syria’s civil war have ended in the Kazakh capital, Astana, with no breakthroughs reported. Delegations from both the Syrian government and the opposition participated in the sessions on January 23 but did not address one another directly. Yahya al-Aridi, the spokesman for the Syrian opposition at the talks, said his group met with the Russian and Turkish delegations in the presence of UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to discuss details of a nationwide cease-fire. Aleksandr Lavrentyev, the special representative of the Russian president at the talks, said the “intensity of emotions was rather...

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Jan23

US: Church of Latter Day Saints offers space to Muslims after mosque arson attack

By: Kate Scanlon Source: The Blaze After an arsonist damaged a mosque in Bellevue, Washington, the local Muslim community was in need of a new place to pray — so their Mormon neighbors offered them one. According to KOMO-TV, an arsonist set fire to the Islamic Center of the Eastside on Jan. 14. Police arrested a suspect at the scene. Unable to use their mosque, the Muslim community gathered to pray at a local community center, but they were in need of a more permanent space until they were able to repair the damage. So their neighbors, the Bellevue Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stepped up to help. The Mormon community offered a large room to their Muslim...

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