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The tragedy and blessing that is Trump

Trump is a particularly ugly wart erupting from the underlying disease, the corporatisation of America and the world, writes Beinhart [Reuters] The real tragedy of US President Donald Trump is that he swept in Republican majorities with him. In his first year in office, the only serious bill he passed was the tax cuts. But Mitch McConnell, majority leader in the Senate, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, wanted tax cuts as much or more than Trump did, and they would have put them through with any Republican president. And any Republican president would have signed them. If...

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Protect Your Heart in Frigid Weather

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As an Arctic front envelops much of the United States, the American Heart Association wants folks to know that shoveling snow in sub-freezing temperatures can be hard on the heart, especially for those with heart disease. Here are some shoveling safety tips from the association: When shoveling, take frequent breaks so you don’t put too much stress on your heart. Assess how you feel during those breaks. Don’t drink alcohol before, during or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol can increase your sensation of warmth, and cause you to underestimate the amount of strain your body is feeling. To prevent hypothermia (a dangerous drop in body temperature), wear layers of warm clothing that trap your body heat. Wear a hat to prevent the loss of body heat through your head. If you have a medical concern or question, or have symptoms of a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you should consult a doctor before shoveling or exercising in cold weather. Know the warning signs of heart attack. But even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out. Don’t wait to call 9-1-1. Minutes matter in a heart attack, and fast action can be a lifesaver. Learn CPR. It can significantly improve a victim’s chances of survival. If an adult collapses, call 9-1-1 and begin pushing hard and...

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Palestinians condemn Israeli plans to annex West Bank

Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have denounced Israeli plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it represented “an end to the remnants of the peace process” and would “lead to more Palestinian resistance”. On Sunday, about 1,500 members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s Likud party voted  unanimously to impose Israeli sovereignty over “Judea and Samaria”, referring to the Israeli name for the occupied Palestinian territory. The non-binding resolution also called for the unlimited construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state. “Likud’s decision to impose Israeli control over the occupied...

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How mainstream media gets Palestine wrong

Israeli forces detain Fawzi al-Juniadi during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron on December 7 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images] The photo of 16-year-old Fawzi al-Junaidi blindfolded, bruised and surrounded by a dozen Israeli soldiers went viral on social media. It was touted as the emblem of Israeli oppression. But for Western mainstream media, it was difficult to accommodate this photo, amid all the talk about “anger”, “rage”, “violence”, and the regularly recycled imagery of burning tyres and young men with hidden faces hurling stones. Fawzi’s arrest was presented as a singular case, an exception, and what...

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Al Jazeera’s must-see documentaries of 2017

Al Jazeera has released dozens of documentaries in the last 12 months, many of them award-winning. So we’ve compiled a list of our must-see documentaries of 2017, covering some of the year’s major news events. From the battle in the Philippines to take back Marawi from ISIL, to the showmanship of US president Donald Trump, these are seven Al Jazeera documentaries you cannot miss.  The Boy Who Started the Syrian War Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a...

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