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Peace Is Nowhere to Be Found on Israel’s Agenda, Columnist Contends

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy wants us to wake up and smell the Zionist coffee: Israel has never cared about a “just peace,” only about “collective anxieties” that “now take precedence over all else,” he writes. In other words, Levy claims, “The Israelis want occupation, not peace.”

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The Smartest People On the Move?

What role might basic intelligence play in determining where people choose to live? Psychologist Markus Jokela of the University of Helsinki gives his answer in an upcoming issue of the journal Intelligence.

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In Midst of Tikrit Campaign, al-Maliki Refuses to Step Down

Despite the Iraqi parliament’s failure to reach a quorum on Tuesday, in a clear slap in the face to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other incumbents running for another term, on Friday Mr. al-Maliki insisted that he remains a candidate for a third term as prime minister.

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Hate in Murrieta and Violence in El Salvador

As American protesters in Murrieta, Calif., repulsed three busloads of immigrant mothers and children being considered for placement in the U.S., a journalist recalled the grisly Washington-funded civil war in El Salvador that killed more than 75,000 people as a cause of the refugees’ displacement.

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Have We Been Misreading the Declaration of Independence?

An errant ink splotch or a genuine period? A scholar says an official transcript of the Declaration of Independence contains an error that has led many Americans to misinterpret the document for almost two centuries.

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Car Bombs Triple and Suicide Bombings Rise by One-Third Worldwide

Civilian deaths due to improvised explosive devices have increased by 70 percent over the past three years, with more than 53,000 people killed or injured globally between 2011 and 2013.

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The Scariest Part of the Facebook Emotion Study

Facebook’s manipulation of users is only half the story; two men in Georgia have already proven why the “Guns Everywhere Law” is idiotic; meanwhile, the fact that the majority of the current Supreme Court justices are Catholic has a bearing on the tribunal’s decisions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Target: Guns Are Not Family Friendly

The nation’s second-largest retailer has announced that guns are not welcome in its stores, even in states where it is legal to carry firearms.

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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

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Rick Perry Called ‘West Coast Metrosexual’ for Taking Off His Cowboy Boots

Apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking a beating from his state’s answer to the fashionista, in the form of land commissioner and fellow Republican Jerry Patterson.

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