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How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

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Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Immigration: Time to Choose Sides

The future of immigration reform is, for now at least, not up to House Speaker John Boehner. It is in the hands of a group of moderately conservative Republican senators who have to decide whether their desire to solve a decades-old problem outweighs their fears of retaliation from the party’s right wing.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Guantanamo Prisoner’s Case Demonstrates Unfairness of Military Commissions

Guantanamo has become a symbol of U.S. hypocrisy on human rights. Lawyers handling the criminal case of Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri argued several pretrial motions last week. But just as they raised some fascinating legal issues, the hearings revealed the basic unfairness of the military commissions for adjudicating criminal cases.

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Greenland’s Great Melt Is Pinned on Climate Change

The forensic search for the mysterious agent that almost melted Greenland goes on. The latest suspect to be rounded up for questioning is the jet stream, scientists in the U.K. say.

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The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa

A careful examination of the security situation in Africa suggests that it is in the process of becoming Ground Zero for a veritable terror diaspora set in motion in the wake of 9/11 that has only accelerated in the Obama years. U.S. “stability” operations in Africa have increased, militancy has spread, insurgent groups have proliferated and the continent has become more unsettled.

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Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Ex-Employees Say

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE

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The Making of a Global Security State

The Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying and just how far we’ve come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7. When a flood sweeps you away, it’s always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage. Here’s my attempt to identify five urges essential to understanding the world Snowden has helped us glimpse.

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Climate Change Puts Lake Life at Risk

Lakes are warming on both sides of the Atlantic—and this is bad news both for water quality and the fish.

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AP/Google/Connie Zhou

The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE

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