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Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society.

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Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire is scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday.

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Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

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Citizen Militias

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U.S. Says Gaza School Attack ‘Totally Unacceptable’ but Restocks Ammo

The White House condemned the deadly shelling by Israel of a U.N.-designated girls’ elementary school in Gaza as the Pentagon confirmed it recently restocked Israel’s ammunition supplies.

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Bystanders Who Record Police Brutality Must Be Protected and Valued

Eric Garner’s recent death at the hands of cops would not have come to our attention had it not been for a camera phone recording; Satanists are “trolling” Hobby Lobby to test the boundaries of the Supreme Court ruling; meanwhile, some commentators are saying that the “IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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GOP Stamps and Suits

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John Brennan Admits to Agency Spying on Senate Staffers

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the CIA director reversed months of angry public denials and apologized for the agency’s past spying on staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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The Original Geo-Engineers: How to Save the Iconic West from the Cow

The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps: the “boomers” and the “nesters.” The modern version of the nesters are conservationists who try to partner with the ecosystems where they live. They understand that you cannot steer and control nature, but you might be able to dance with it.

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Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

A British conservation charity has turned to technology thousands of years old—the Archimedes screw—to provide electricity for lighting one of the historic mansion houses it looks after.

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Russell Brand Takes on Sean Hannity and His Skewed Debate on Gaza

Let’s just say the Fox News host did not take kindly to Russell Brand’s recent critique of a “Sean Hannity Show” segment and his implying that Hannity is a terrorist.

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Nixon Tapes

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Not Equal: Gaza in Over 1,000 Frames

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Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa Is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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Is It a Cease-Fire If You Don’t Cease Fire?

Israel called a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire Wednesday, and amid confusion over which areas the halt applied to shelled a market in Gaza. According to Palestinian authorities, 17 Palestinians were killed and 200 more were injured.

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A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

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Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’

The South American country hasn’t had diplomatic ties with Israel since 2009, and announced Wednesday that Israeli citizens would need to obtain permission before crossing its borders.

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Palin’s Death Panel

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And Now for a Little Good News About the Economy

The Federal Reserve released some positive news Wednesday about the state of the U.S. economy, pointing to better figures than expected in the second quarter of 2014 while registering ongoing concern about unemployment.

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NSA Court Judges Invest in Verizon While Surveillance Warps Law and Journalism

We must never be surprised when we learn once again that our lawmakers and law interpreters are in bed with the country’s largest corporations—this is how the American government now operates.

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Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

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ISIS Cocoon

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Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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After Another U.N. School Shelled in Gaza, U.N. Official Calls Tragedy ‘Source of Universal Shame’

Chris Gunness, a U.N. Relief and Works Agency official, said that the IDF had been notified of the “precise location” of the organization’s school-turned-shelter in Jabaliya at least 17 times before what he and his colleagues termed Israeli artillery killed “children ... as they slept next to their parents” Wednesday.

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Impeachment

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Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

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Israel Bombs Gaza Back to Stone Age, Razes Only Power Plant and Plunges Strip Into Darkness (Video)

Israel launched a seven-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant.

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A War Crimes Investigation Could Benefit Both Sides in Gaza

If and when Palestine becomes a member state of the International Criminal Court, Israel should rejoin, and cooperate with any investigation into human rights violations.

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Sony Pictures Classics

Can’t Knock Woody Allen’s Hustle

The prolific director’s latest isn’t his greatest, but it’s good enough.

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European Nations Funding Al-Qaida Through Ransom Payments

Although the governments of several European countries weren’t exactly willing to corroborate this story, The New York Times reported Tuesday that al-Qaida has made a consistent practice of kidnapping European citizens for ransom, and it has paid off very well.

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Jennifer Hudson: Faith, Tragedy and New Music

Jennifer Hudson is preparing to release a new album, “JHUD,” in September—her third studio album and her first since the conclusion of the lengthy trial of the man who killed three of her closest family members—and her faith, in the wake of tragedy, is stronger than ever.

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Anti-Semites Exploit Israel’s Gaza Incursion

Israeli attacks on a hospital and refugee camp playground in Gaza on Monday brought the total of Palestinian dead to 1,200, with more no doubt to come.

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David Frum Accuses New York Times of Staging Photos of Palestinian Victims

Conservative commentator David Frum has tweeted no fewer than eight times his outrage over “faked” photos of Palestinian victims of Israel’s military violence. Problem: The photos are real.

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President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

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‘Happy Birthday to You’ Copyright ‘Owners’ Finally Being Sued for Millions

The birthday song has been in the public domain for decades, but somehow Warner/Chappell Music has gotten away with collecting hundreds of millions in royalties every time it was performed; the richest Americans are mostly inheriting their wealth; meanwhile, although science will make it possible to cryogenically freeze ourselves “until a future age,” one writer questions whether that’s something we’d actually want. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Running Orders,’ a Powerful Poem by Palestinian-American Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on Gaza

There’s a poem circulating online, written from the voice of a Palestinian evacuee in Gaza, that is as gut wrenching as it is important.

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Stephen Colbert: ‘Poor Doors’ Latest in Trend to Help ‘Haves’ Not Have to See the ‘Have-Nots’

The “Colbert Report’s” super-wealthy host explains why a New York building with a “poor door” for its less well-off residents makes total sense.

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Unintended Consequences

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Now What?

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Pussy Riot Duo Strikes Back Against Kremlin With Lawsuit

They’re known for their guerrilla tactics and public displays of punk protest, but now two members of the Pussy Riot collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using the tools of the system to their advantage.

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Impending Impeachment

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The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality

“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.

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Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC

The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

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Telephone Mamas: The Forgotten Dreamers

Our playgrounds are populated with mothers like these, women who send trinkets and duct-taped packages back to their babies in faraway countries. They call them babies, even if they are not babies anymore, because it’s a habit.

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Twitter Reacts to the Sarah Palin Channel

“Are you tired of the media filters?” asks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who certainly is and has stepped up to the plate to “do something about it.”

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Republican Lawmakers on Strike

The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete—and so utterly irresponsible—that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

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Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)

The rush to build up Qatar’s infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup has come at an appalling human cost.

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A Pollster Strategy Sheet Is Helping Israelis Hide Facts, Writer Argues

Israeli spokesmen are working from a secret PR playbook to “influence the media and public opinion” on their bloody military campaign on the Gaza Strip, Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn contends at The Independent.

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