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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



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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?

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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.

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AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

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

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Was Yasser Arafat Assassinated?

A report out of Switzerland suggests the deceased Palestinian leader may have been poisoned with polonium-210, the same radioactive substance used to kill former Russian FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.

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AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill

Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

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Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Accused of ‘Terrorism’

British authorities suspect David Miranda of a terrorist act because they say he carried documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden; Obamacare is merely feeding Wall Street more of Americans’ money; meanwhile, President Obama has cracked down on pot. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Imploding the Myth of Israel

Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” is one of the most fearless, honest and important books ever written about the Jewish state.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


What the President Knew and When He Knew It

The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



The NSA Leaks and the 3 News Outlets

Although The Guardian broke the story on the National Security Agency, it soon collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica; Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar have set up a temporary blog until their site is up and running; meanwhile, from the sky, a church is discovered to have an unfortunate resemblance to a sexual organ. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


Persecution: African Migrants in the Holy Land

Roughly 60,000 Africans seeking deliverance from poverty, persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide face ultranationalist aggression as Israelis and their politicians seek brutal methods in the effort to retain the Jewish character of their country.

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Chinese Doctors Violently Attacked Over Medical Costs

China’s government is trying to enhance security in hospitals to protect health care providers from patients’ furious relatives; Obama seems completely indifferent to outrage over the NSA leaks; meanwhile, Wikipedia’s volunteer workforce is dwindling. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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China’s Online Monitors Outnumber Its Soldiers

There are 2 million people surveilling Internet usage in China, half a million more than are safeguarding the country in its army; memory’s fallibility is a good thing, according to some neuroscientists; meanwhile, the Fukushima disaster is enough evidence that all nuclear plants should be shut down. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



Poverty Is Digging Deep

Almost half of Americans classified as poor earn an income that’s 50 percent below the poverty line; the Internet is adding to the destruction of the creative class, musician David Byrne argues; and North Dakota has suffered one of the worst onshore oil spills in recent history, courtesy of fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Desert of Israeli Democracy

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ranted against Iran, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel into state-run, reservation-style townships—just one element of an emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Amanda Lucidon

Iran, U.S. Move Closer to Reconciliation

More than three decades after the hostage crisis, the presidents of the United States and Iran spoke at the United Nations, apparently eager to repair relations between the two countries.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



Medical Records Reach the Age of the Computer

At last, patient documents are becoming paperless; the European Union and Israel are in the middle of a dispute over soldiers sent to stop diplomats from giving aid to Palestinians; meanwhile, Canada could give the U.S. a few tips on how to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



Juror Dismissed for Being Gay

In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

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White House/Lawrence Jackson

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew B. Church

Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy

Is This Really the Best Time for a Missile Test?

In Russia and Syria on Tuesday, people woke to the news that missiles had been launched from the Mediterranean Sea.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap

The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Syrian Agony

President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Mideast Traffic Cop

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AP/Amr Nabil

Arab Spring Best Left Alone

Critics are expected to propose solutions. I have a radical one, which I offer in full confidence that it will be universally regarded as frivolous and certainly not adopted. It changes the scene of action to Israel-Palestine.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE


Middle East Peace Talks

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Israel Gives Settlements Go-Ahead on Eve of Palestinian Peace Talks

Israel approved nearly 1,200 new housing units Sunday on land that the Palestinians claim for their state just three days before U.S.-sponsored peace talks on the borders of such a state are due to begin in Jerusalem.

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Peace in the Middle East

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Mideast Negotiators Hope to Broker Peace in the Time It Takes to Make a Baby

Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators have given themselves a nine-month deadline to reach a deal.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Truthdigger of the Week: Helen Thomas

The woman who broke the barrier against female reporters in the White House and criticized the deceitful and secretive practices of the Bush and Obama administrations died Saturday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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After 3 Years of Silence, Palestinians and Israelis to Restart Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that Palestinians and Israelis could be headed back to the negotiating table as early as next week.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



Snooping Around Your Skull

Scientists are working on tiny intelligent dust particles that can be inserted to monitor brain functions; the EU is cracking down on Israel by excluding its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem from future agreements; meanwhile, reporters at several news journals are getting “camera ready” in order to compete with broadcasters for video views. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


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