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Is the BDS Movement the Key to Peace in the Middle East?

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Posted on Jun 11, 2014

Some people believe the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign may be an important step toward true peace between Israel and Palestine; an old Belgian ghost town has become a graffiti artist haven; meanwhile, more and more problems between book publishers and Amazon are expected to arise. These discoveries and more below.

  1. BDS Lays the Basis for a True Peace Process
    The recent collapse of the “Kerry Plan” to revive the two-state solution has once again exposed the peace process as a cynical travesty devoid of justice.
    David Letwin, Mondoweiss
  2. What’s The Buzz? Your Backyard Beehive, Of Course!
    There are always practices homeowners can adopt that will not only improve the value and appearance of their property, but will also improve their neighborhoods, communities, their own family’s health and the environment.
  3. Latest Christensen Disruption: Crowdsourced Journal Article
    Are companies reluctant to invest in long-term innovations?
    Lawrence Biemiller, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  4. The Problems and Possibilities of Social Media
    A strange twist in the American psyche revolves around the politics of personal.
    Richard Maxwell, Ph.D. and Toby Miller, Ph.D., Pyschology Today
  5. The Unlikely History of the Origins of Modern Maps
    GIS technology has opened up new channels of understanding how the world works. But where did it begin?
    Jessica Camille Aguirre, Smithsonian.com
  6. Doel: The Ghost Town That’s a Paradise for Graffiti Artists
    How did a 400-year-old Belgian village now threatened with demolition become a magnet for the world’s best street artists?
    Giovanna Dunmall, theguardian.com
  7. The False Promise of the Digital Humanities
    The humanities are in crisis again, or still. But there is one big exception: digital humanities, which is a growth industry.
    Adam Kirsch, New Republic
  8. Why U.S. Higher Ed Should Not Be the Model for Australia
    U.S. higher education is a behemoth in both its size and its status.
    Toby Miller, The Australian
  9. Amazon Feud With Publishers to Escalate as Contracts End
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)’s sales contracts with some of the world’s biggest publishers, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, are next up for renewal, signaling that skirmishes over e-book pricing are set to spread.
    Edmund Lee, Adam Satariano and Carol Hymowitz, Bloomberg
  10. Rem Koolhaas Blows the Ceiling Off the Venice Architecture Biennale
    Oliver Wainwright, theguardian.com
  11. The Case for Old-Fashioned Connoisseurship
    Suddenly, connoisseurship seems to matter again.
    Bendor Grosvenor, The Art Newspaper
  12. Sleep May Help Memories Form By Promoting New Synapses
    Rest easy after learning a new skill.
    Moheb Costandi, NewScientist

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A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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