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All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

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The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.What is happening in Egypt is a precursor to a wider global war between the world’s elites and the world’s poor.

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Two days of violent encounters between Turkish police and demonstrators turned to three Sunday. Thousands of protesters kept control of Istanbul's main square as the country's prime minister vowed to move forward with the controversial development plan that provoked the clashes.

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They are impolite questions, but they must be asked: What did Jorge Mario Bergoglio know, and when did he know it, about Argentina's brutal "Dirty War" against suspected leftists in which thousands were tortured and killed? More important, what did the newly chosen Pope Francis do?

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