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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.

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On the Fence

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U.S. Ranks 27th in Health Care

Despite arguments that privatization makes the American health system the best, 26 other countries’ are better; it’s no coincidence there are more large earthquakes occurring as drilling has increased; meanwhile, artist Nickolay Lamm shows us what a real, healthy Barbie would look like with his latest work. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

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AP/Bernat Armangue

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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The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

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The Promise of a Courageous Al-Jazeera America May Be Fading

Is the desire to enter the U.S. television news market corrupting Al-Jazeera English’s journalistic integrity? The network’s silent retraction from its website of a controversial article criticizing Israel suggests it is, Glenn Greenwald writes at The Guardian.

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Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s Two-State Solution

The Internet giant isn’t waiting for Palestinians and Israelis to settle their differences. On the first of the month, without firing off a press release, Google changed its home page in Gaza and the West Bank from “Google: Palestinian Territories” to “Google: Palestine.”

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How the 1 Percent Does Disney World

Some wealthy families are renting handicapped scooters to skip lines at the famous theme park; the newest way to stalk someone is apparently to use a drone; meanwhile, the SATs were canceled in all of South Korea due to allegations of widespread cheating. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Iranian cities are particularly vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a new study, “Nuclear War Between Israel and Iran: Lethality Beyond the Pale,” published in the journal Conflict & Health by researchers from the University of Georgia and Harvard University.

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Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel

Perhaps the most famous living scientist is backing out of a major conference in Jerusalem over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Stephen Hawking came under pressure from an international campaign, but says he made the decision after hearing from his contacts in Palestinian academia.

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U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

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Prominent Israeli Journalist Accused of Incitement

Amira Hass, the groundbreaking reporter who has lived in the Palestinian territories for most of the last two decades, defended the rights of Palestinians to throw stones at occupying Israeli forces.

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Families of Flotilla Dead Want More Than an Apology

The Turkish NGO that coordinated part of the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla says that families of the nine passengers killed by Israeli commandos have rejected the country’s recent apology.

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Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

To broker a great peace in the Middle East, the president will have to mollify both the center-left and the right in Israel, balance Israeli and Palestinian demands, march with Netanyahu up to the edge of war with Iran, calibrate the ratcheting up of sanctions on Iran, and prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into Israel, all while maintaining order between the left and right at home.

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Amazon Sells Sex Toys as Wellness Products

Amazon and other companies have rebranded once taboo sex paraphernalia, thus starting another sexual revolution; public libraries aren’t free, per se, but they’re an absolutely important investment; meanwhile, is the fact that college athletic directors get paid more than $1 million a year justifiable? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Peace Heavy Lifting

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Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Pentagon Whistle-Blower Karen Kwiatkowski’s Secret History of the Iraq War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Iraq whistle-blower reminds us that Bush lied. Plus: Obama in the Holy Land, antagonizing fat people and fighting to save a great work of political art.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Can Obama Save the Two-State Solution?

The administration has set expectations for President Obama’s trip to Israel so low you’d think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very consequential journey because it comes at a moment when hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are fading away.

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Pig Shadow

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Netanyahu and Obama

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By a Jailed Cartoonist

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Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Palestinian Protesters

Two teenagers were hospitalized Monday after Israeli soldiers tried to end a Palestinian demonstration near Bethlehem by firing on the crowd, The New York Times reports.

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How Reagan Neocon Aides Planted the Seeds of Iran-Contra

Newly released documents show that the U.S. endorsed a third-party deal to send weapons to Iran just six months after the hostage crisis ended there, a move that helped plant the seeds for the later Iran-Contra scandal.

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Palestinians Protest Indefinite Detention in Israel

More than 60 people have been injured in violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the West Bank, a Palestinian humanitarian group said. Demonstrators were calling for the release of four Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strikes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian.

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Hagel Nomination Stalled

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The Author Who Hates Public Libraries

Best-selling children’s book writer Terry Deary claims the concept of providing the “impoverished access to books” is outdated and irrelevant; despite hopes that the next pope will be less homophobic than the last, the likely candidate supports “Kill the Gays” laws; meanwhile, PayPal and Lenovo aim to finish off passwords in order to move on to more secure measures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

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U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Protesters Dispute SodaStream Company’s Claims

SodaStream has marketed itself as being beneficial to the Palestinian economy, but demonstrators take issue with that assertion.

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A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



Super Size Your Paycheck

A union in New Zealand got fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Starbucks to raise their workers’ wages by 50 percent; Palestinian books don’t indoctrinate children against Jews after all; and perhaps, rather than fear Massive Online Open Courses, we should embrace this opportunity for cheap widespread online education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE


The Measure of Chuck Hagel

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Netanyahu Wins

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Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

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The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



Africa, Here We Come

The U.S. Army presence is rapidly increasing in Africa, especially in countries with alleged ties to al-Qaida; according to Fox News, teaching children algebra is just another liberal ploy; meanwhile, some researchers have started studying the effects of the “natural experiment” resulting from China’s one-child policy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

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Hagel’s Headache

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Chuck Hagel

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Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Location, Location, Location

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Veterans Denounce Neoconservative ‘Swiftboating’ of Chuck Hagel

If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor.

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