Tunisia elections raise global hopes for Arab democracy

KONFRONTASI- Elections in Tunisia on Sunday are about much more than one country. They could mark a big step toward democracy.

If the country's transition toward democracy "continues to move forward, it would be a powerful signal that democracy can take root in the Arab world," said Anthony Dworkin of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Holder: US recognizing same-sex marriage in 6 more states

KONFRONTASI - Attorney General Eric Holder says the US government is recognizing same-sex marriage in six more states and making those couples eligible for federal benefits.

Holder made the announcement on Saturday, days after gay marriage became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

On October 6, the US Supreme Court indirectly legalized same-sex marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin by declining to decide whether gay men and women can get married.

Ebola hoax created to justify imposing martial law in US: Prof. Fetzer

KONFRONTASI - The Ebola outbreak is a hoax which is being perpetrated on the American people to justify imposing martial law in the United States, a political commentator in California says.

In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, Professor James Henry Fetzer said, “The situation with Ebola is very strange indeed, because there are multiple indications that it’s some kind of fraud or hoax or scam being perpetrated on the American people.”

“There’s a new Ebola false-flag exposed, compilations of evidence are now available on YouTube,” he added.

Brazil’s incumbent president narrowly wins election

KONFRONTASI - Incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has secured over 51 percent of the presidential vote, narrowly winning the run-off election in the South American country.

On Sunday, official results of the presidential election in Latin America's largest economy and most populous country showed Rousseff led opposition leader Aecio Neves by 51.6 to 48.4 percent of the vote, Reuters reported.

“Thank you very much," Rousseff, who will remain in power for another four years, tweeted after the victory.

Saudi clerics financing terrorists in Syria: Nusra ex-commander

KONFRONTASI - A former commander of a Takfiri group in Syria has shed light on the financial resources of the militants fighting against the Syrian government.

Abu Leith al-Tabouki, who used to be a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, has said that some Saudi clerics play a great role in providing the financial resources of the militants.

He specifically named Salafi cleric, Adnan al-Aroor, as the main supplier of al-Nusra militants.

Tabouki said the fund is funneled to the militants via a mediator in an eastern region of Syria.

The Pentagon and Big Oil: Militarism and capital accumulation

There is no question that, in the immediate aftermath and for several years following US military conquests, wars, occupations and sanctions, US multi-national corporations lost out on profitable sites for investments. The biggest losses were in the exploitation of natural resources – in particular, gas and oil – in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

Archbishop admits ‘rampant’ child abuse at UK church

KONFRONTASI-The archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that child abuse has been “rampant” in the Church of England’s institutions, describing the church’s inaction as “inexcusable.”

In a private letter to a woman, whose three sons were allegedly abused by a church headmaster, Justin Welby noted there is a “very significant legacy of unacknowledged cases” in the Church of England.

Lebanon army operation in Tripoli draws al-Nusra threat

KONFRONTASI - The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front militants have threatened Lebanon’s army following its launch of a major operation against terrorist activities in the flashpoint city of Tripoli.

The Takfiri militants threatened in a statement issued on Sunday that they will execute Lebanese soldiers they kidnapped in the northeastern border town of Arsal if the army continues the operation in Tripoli.

Ebola nurse slams US for quarantine despite testing negative

KONFRONTASI - An Ebola nurse who has just returned from Sierra Leone slams the US government for a mandatory 21-day quarantine despite testing negative for the virus.

Kaci Hickox said in an article on Saturday that she was “made to feel like criminal,” after she was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey hospital upon her return.

On Friday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new policy, which requires those who had contact with Ebola sufferers to go through mandatory isolation for 21 days.