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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.

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2.2 Billion People Are Poor

According to a new United Nations report, almost one-third of all humans are living in poverty, or very close to it. But there’s something else that should alarm us.

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The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

If the international community will not halt Israel’s Gaza attack and war crimes then it must concede to the Palestinians the right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter.

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Gaza as Sarajevo

The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.

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Study: Educational Segregation Plays a Role in Tea Party Allegiance

A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame teased out a positive correlation between educational segregation, which can relate to other divisive factors but isn’t always interchangeable with them, and alignment with tea party ideology.

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Jon Stewart Launches Fake Kickstarter to Buy CNN

With analysts estimating that the news network, often the butt of “Daily Show” jokes, could be worth $10 billion, Jon Stewart has launched a parody campaign to crowdsource the funds.

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U.S., U.N. Try Diplomacy in Israel

Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Israel, where they are meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to urge an end to hostilities.

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Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

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President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

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Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts

The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

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Stephen Colbert Blasts Congress Members for Saying Central America Safe for Kids, but Not for Them

Though Rep. Steve Pearce deemed Honduras and Guatemala sufficiently secure for the child refugees at the U.S. border to be returned home there, he and the rest of the Central America assessment delegation rarely left their hotel during their two-day trip for fear of “dangers.”

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Al-Jazeera Evacuates Gaza Offices After It Claims Press Building Targeted by Israeli Forces

Shortly after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly accused Al-Jazeera of airing “anti-Semitic” propaganda, the media outlet’s offices in Gaza reportedly “came under fire” Tuesday.

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Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future

A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm among international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.

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Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

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Protect Your Browsing Privacy With EFF’s Handy ‘Badger’

The problem with browser extensions that claim to protect your Web privacy from the multitude of online advertisers, spammers and profiteers, is that they boil down to a matter of trust.

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Elizabeth Warren on Running for President: ‘No Means No’

Despite unceasing speculation that she might be a credible progressive challenger in the 2016 election, the senator from Massachusetts is adamant that she is not in the race.

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Contradictory Rulings Proffer More Obamacare Headaches

Circuit courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia issued opposite rulings Tuesday, just hours and not so many miles apart from each other.

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Thomas Frank: ‘An Ineffective and Gutless Presidency’s Legacy Is Failure’

The Salon columnist imagines President Obama’s inevitable library, and how it will cope with the transition of “an unlikely champion” of the masses to “the only thing between [Wall Street] and the pitchforks.”

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Gaza Authors ‘Writing Away Like Crazy, Whilst They Have Power’ Throughout Hostilities

The Electronic Intifada, an independent online publication, reports that many Palestinian wordsmiths “have responded to the latest onslaught by doing what they know—writing.”

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‘Daily Show’ Segment Demonstrates What Happens to Reporters Who Mention Israel

Watch as Jon Stewart gets hollered at by the rest of the “Daily Show” crew whenever he tries to talk about what’s going on in Israel.

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GM Ignition Trouble

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Israel Rejects U.N. Request for Humanitarian Cease-Fire as Palestinian Death Toll Passes 600

After rumors of a humanitarian cease-fire that would begin Tuesday morning, Al-Jazeera reports that Israel has refused the United Nations’ request, citing “security reasons.”

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Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.

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Is Rula Jebreal Right About U.S. Media Bias Against Palestinians?

Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in U.S. media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s killing of children on the beach.

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No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

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Rick Perry Says He’ll Send National Guard to Secure Border

The Texas governor says he is calling up 1,000 troops to help police the border with Mexico.

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Just One Hedge Fund Dodged $6 Billion in Taxes, Senate Committee Finds

Sen. Carl Levin’s Subcommittee on Investigations looked into some shady banking practices and reported that a hedge fund of Renaissance Technologies LLC found a clever way of cheating the IRS.

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Gaza Conflict: Hospitals Shelled, Death Toll Soars and Peace Protesters Attacked (Videos)

The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548.

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Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

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John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

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The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past)

The famed fog of war is nothing compared to the fog of the future or, as I’ve often said, I’d be regularly riding my jetpack in traffic through the spired city of New York, as I was promised in my childhood. Our urge to predict the future is unsurpassed. Our ability to see it as it will be: next to nil.

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Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms

Rising temperatures have many negative impacts in the Arctic region, but warmer winters have resulted in a remarkable 30 percent population increase for a subspecies of Norwegian reindeer.

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From Kerry to Selena Gomez and Rihanna, Israel’s Claims of Precision, Compassion Are Dissed

You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the U.S. campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols.

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Income Inequality

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Mosul Without Christians for First Time in 1,900 Years as Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are virtually no Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

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The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, job creator, civil rights activist—Jose Antonio Vargas is a model American. But he is also an undocumented immigrant, and that fact is determining how the U.S. government treats him.

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MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

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Dead Gazans Missing From Senate Endorsement of Israeli Invasion

On Thursday, all 100 U.S. senators—including progressives Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown—voted to pass an AIPAC-drafted resolution supporting the Netanyahu government’s military invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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How the Internet of Things Could Destroy the Welfare State

A long article at The Observer examines the regulatory possibilities of “smart” phones, cars and even carpet, and asks what’s to become of governance if data and algorithms are setting the limits of human life.

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Celebration and Exasperation on Deadliest Day of Gaza Fighting

As reports appear of some Israelis gathering on hillsides to watch and cheer the military strikes on Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have expressed frustration with the operation in comments intended only for an aide.

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High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring program to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice melt in the Arctic.

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Mideast Peace

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Israeli Tank in Gaza

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