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Camel Bones and Jerusalem: Archeology Shows Bible Written Late, Full of Errors

A new paper by Israeli archeologists Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef is bad news for biblical literalists and far right wing Israeli nationalists who use the Bible for support.

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European Banks Are Joining the BDS Campaign Against Israel

Denmark, the Netherlands and others are withdrawing investments from the West Bank; there may be a hole in another Fukushima reactor leaking radioactive water; meanwhile, “vigorous linking” is helping save newspapers.  These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Now Peace Talks, John Kerry, Are ‘Anti-Semitic’ in Eyes of Israeli Far Right

The Likud-led Israeli government doesn’t like U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at all.

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Has Malibu’s Kelp Been Contaminated by the Fukushima Spill?

Scientists will begin testing California’s prized kelp for radiation; a former TSA agent spills the agency’s secrets; and Bernie Sanders squashes Michele Bachmann in a debate on “The Situation Room.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Bad for the Jews: Israeli Annexation of Palestinian West Bank, Scarlett Johansson and BDS

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

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A Chance to Reimagine the European Union

The EU’s flaws have come into high relief during the recession, but it may be an opportunity to change them; an Israeli contractor wants to build a residential project where only Jews can live; meanwhile, cat cafes are spreading throughout the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin

Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Zionist Racism From Son Dating Norwegian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught in a firestorm of controversy because his son Yair, 23, is dating a Norwegian woman whom he met while she was studying at a university in Israel.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



There Was Another Chemical Leaking From the Freedom Industries Tank

The West Virginia water contamination incident seems to get progressively worse, despite the state’s governor telling residents to drink water at their own risk; meanwhile, the U.S. government won’t let Israel expand its exports to China. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



Postwar Era Has Ended, but Not Appetite for War

It was Britain, not the United States, which took the initiative in creating a new political order and a new security system after the Second World War.

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Ariel Sharon ‘Made Peace Impossible’

The former Israeli prime minister turned “the two-state solution into a cloud of dust,” Palestinian political scientist and former minister of the Palestinian Authority Ali Jarbawi writes in The New York Times.

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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

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Israeli Drama: From Presidents Dodging Taxes to Millionaire Rabbis Bribing Officials

Two new scandals have emerged from the Middle East; a hole larger than the Grand Canyon has been discovered under an Antarctic glacier; meanwhile, nobody is even bothering to pretend Obama’s NSA speech was any good. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

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Religious Violence Runs Rampant as Other Types of Brutalities Decline

Although human warfare is supposedly dwindling, atrocities fueled by belief continue to plague the earth; an ancient Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed due to lakes draining onto it; meanwhile, calling Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” is a dire misinterpretation of his actions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Drink This to Improve Your Memory

Though caffeine has been found to enhance long-term memory in bees, it hadn’t been shown to have similar effects on humans until now; green vegetables may be a new transformative source of energy for batteries; meanwhile, Brazil faces new dilemmas as a neoliberal democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Israel’s Ariel Sharon Dead After Eight Year Coma

Former Israeli Army general and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at age 85 after multiple organ failure, eight years after a massive stroke put him in a vegetative state.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE



Does Iraq Need More Weapons? Not Really

The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans’ Isolationist Instincts Are Sound

The Washington Post and the International New York Times had the same front-page headlines today. Both had to do (as the Times put it) with the “Power Void” in the Mideast, deploring that America’s decade of attempting to create a new order in the region now is blowing up in its face.

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Bluefin Tuna: From Cat Food to Delicacy

The endangered fish is now worth millions; Obamacare may very well pave the way to single payer; meanwhile, is Israel being “singled out”? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Crude Oil Made From Algae May Compete With Cheap Petroleum

Scientists can turn the sea plants into oil in less than 60 minutes; the FDA is forcing antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove the efficacy of their product or take it off the shelves; meanwhile, America’s state borders would look very different if many had their way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Government Kept Young Palestinian Suspects in Outside Cages, Group Alleges

A human rights group in Israel has denounced the country’s government, saying it “tortured” Palestinian children; a Reddit user publishes his unexpected $55,000 hospital bill for an appendectomy; meanwhile, Fukushima’s Daiichi Unit 3 will not explode, despite reports to the contrary. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

“We know everything but learn nothing” would be an honest slogan for the NSA, CIA and lesser-known spy agencies that specialize in leading us so dangerously astray.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



Why the Government Really Needs to Regulate Wall Street

Five years after destroying the world economy, big banks are back and bigger than ever; a new laptop charger promises to be smaller than the plug; meanwhile, Israeli police are ignoring Palestinian villagers’ complaints about violence in the West Bank. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Israeli Home Construction Could ‘Destroy the Peace Process’

Israel has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in existing settlements on territory that was seized from the Palestinians, Reuters reports.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE


We Need Your Prayers This Season, Pope Francis

Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



The Tea Party Is Here to Stay

The extreme right has been pronounced dead a few times now, but it’s proven more resilient than some hoped; dolphins’ intelligence has come into serious doubt; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has invested his first $50 million into the project he’s starting with journalist Glenn Greenwald. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



Mandela and Mossad

According to Israeli government documents, the former leader of South Africa was trained by Israel’s intelligence agency in the 1960s; there are many parallels to be drawn between the Sochi and Berlin Olympics; meanwhile, a White House review panel member expresses his “surprise” in finding that the NSA’s data collection has not stopped a single act of terrorism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


Refugees Storm Tel Aviv, Demand Fair Treatment

Thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea, North Sudan and elsewhere in Africa marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday to demand asylum from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and resist their placement in camps in the Negev Desert.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Israel Fumes Over U.S. Spying

One week after documents revealed that British and American intelligence agencies targeted email addresses belonging to the offices of Israel’s former prime minister and defense minister, Israeli officials angrily demanded that U.S. spying on their government stop.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



Ethiopia’s Becoming More Homophobic As We Speak

While conditions are improving in many places for the LGBT community, Ethiopia is treating gays like terrorists; a Christian education curriculum convinces children universal health care is ungodly; meanwhile, a Microsoft researcher tells parents to stop worrying about their kids’ social media habits. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



America Still Has Sodomy Laws Too

India reinstated a “gay sex” ban, but before you throw stones, remember we have plenty of similar laws in the U.S. today; designers have put forth their best revisionist ideas to address the umbrella’s many deficiencies; meanwhile, Israel is increasingly isolated due to boycotts and sanctions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

While many Americans were uninsured, others were being forced to undergo a series of unnecessary tests that hurt both them and the medical system; the creator of the TV program “The Wire” calls America a “horror show”; and, despite what many believe, technology will not save us from the apocalypse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


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Vancouver Bids Adieu to Doorknobs

In an effort to make doors more accessible to the majority of its inhabitants, the Canadian city has banned doorknobs in favor of lever handles; two Saudi Arabian men were arrested for offering strangers “free hugs”; meanwhile, the Supreme Court will decide in two cases whether corporations have religious beliefs or not. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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The Benefits of a Deal

The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



McDonald’s Heartless Advice to Its Low-Wage Workers

As many of the fast food chain’s employees struggle to feed their families, the company suggests they “break food into pieces” to feel full; Israel and Saudi Arabia join forces against Iran; meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is funding a $2.6 million mesh network surveillance grid that has its eye on us all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



Will Democrats Side With Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren?

Unfortunately for the former secretary of state, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential candidate will likely be someone who aims to keep Wall Street in check; as many as 87 countries possess drones in some form; meanwhile, teens’ interests have veered from clothes to phones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



What’s in a Face?

Gay and straight men’s visages may differ in form, researchers say; cops in New Mexico have taken to administering anal exams for minor traffic breaches; meanwhile, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would divest European governments of any power to defend their citizens from big business. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Skips Dues, Loses UNESCO Voting Rights

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, suspended U.S. voting rights in its organization after Washington failed to pay its dues. U.S. contributions make up about a fifth of UNESCO’s funding.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

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