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As U.S. Deaths Drop, Iraqi Deaths Rise

At least 44 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in July, well below the average monthly death toll of about 64. However, the sectarian conflict is worsening: Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies in June, up 16% over May. (July figures were not available.) “American troops are no longer the primary focus of the people perpetuating the violence inside Iraq,” said a U.S. think tank expert, “they have become a secondary target.”

 

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Mel Gibson: The World ‘Seems to Have Gone Mad’

Celebrity scandals aren’t our bag. But considering that some Jewish groups felt Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” did more to further anti-Semitism than any other piece of pop culture in recent memory, we figure that Gibson’s apology for his anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend is fair game.

  • The photo above was taken at a bar a few hours before his arrest.
  • The N.Y. Times marvels at “the speed at which the scandal unfolded, doing serious damage to one of Hollywood?s most valuable careers along the way.”

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    Hezbollah's suburban strategy
    From The Herald Sun (Australia)

    The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

    An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

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    Column: My Kids Bore Me to Death

    A working mother of two admits to one of parenthood’s last great remaining taboos: that parenting is often mind-numbingly tedious, and that she’d almost always rather be doing something other than watching “SpongeBob” or making runs to soccer practice.

  • The comments on this article offer a fascinating set of nuggets for would-be parents to chew on.
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    Key Democrats Call for Iraq Pullout

    Every top Democrat on Senate and House committees on military, intelligence and international affairs signed a letter addressed to President Bush calling for a phased pullout of troops from Iraq.

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    Castro Has Surgery, Cedes Power to Brother

    The Cuban leader temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul because of intestinal surgery. Castro said in a statement he expected to be unable to govern for at least a few weeks.

  • Read a brief profile of Raul Castro

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    Israeli Security Cabinet OK’s a Wider Ground War

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security cabinet approved a widening of the ground war. Olmert apologized for the deaths of Lebanese women and children but said “we will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror.”

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    Down the Memory Hole

    The FAIR organization reminds us that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, though deplorable, did not spring from a vacuum. Drawing on an Alexander Cockburn column, FAIR notes that within the last two months, Israeli attacks on suspected militants ended up killing almost two dozen innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women and children. (more…)

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    U.S. troops visit Iraqi orphanage
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    Getting to Know Your U.S. Military Abroad

    I got an e-mail this afternoon from a specialist in the public affairs office of the U.S. Central Command. He wanted to invite Truthdig readers to check out CENTCOM’s activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Considering Truthdig’s independent sensibility, I considered it a fairly gutsy request, and decided: Hell, why not? It is our government, after all. (more…)

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    web moguls
    From the WSJ

    Meet the Moguls of New Media

    A guy delivering satiric “ninja” riffs in a $6 Lycra ski mask; a sultry woman with nearly 1 million “friends” on Myspace; a guy who has performed corny dancing shuffles in 38 countries. ... What do all these people have in common? Absurdly low-budget, Internet-based origins and, now, high-budget traditional production deals. Read about the new rules of the game.

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