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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris McGreal

The success of societies depends on people who remember history and understand human nature, as Guardian columnist Chris McGreal does in his writing about the latest confrontation between Gaza and Israel.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE


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Why You Shouldn’t Shop at Walmart on Black Friday

America’s largest employer is Walmart, whose average employee earns $8.81 an hour. A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours per week and don’t qualify for benefits.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Change? Learn? Compromise? Grow? Not These Republicans

Hearing so much chatter about “change” in the Republican Party, the innocent voter might believe that the Republicans had learned important lessons from their stinging electoral defeat.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

The Greatest Generation, Redux

For nearly a decade I have had the privilege of teaching veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though they have taught me more.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE


Homeland Security Spent $430 Million on Radios Its Employees Don’t Know How to Use

The recent inspector general’s report is the latest in a string of critical assessments DHS has received on its efforts to improve communication among federal, state and local agencies.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



In Gaza, It’s the Occupation, Stupid

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

It couldn’t be clearer now that the “fall” of David Petraeus is playing out as farce of the first order. What’s less obvious is that America’s military golden boy and Caesar of celebrity was always smoke and mirrors, always the farce, even if the denizens of Washington didn’t know it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


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