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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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Goliath

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Paul Ryan’s New Clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech.

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‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

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Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers U.S. Security: Why Obama and Kerry Are Furious

The United States as a great power is facing a large number of challenges in the Muslim world, and Israel’s Gaza campaign is endangering both American diplomacy there and the very security of the U.S.

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Obamacare Court Case

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

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John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

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Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ Is Not Enough

When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip.

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Cuomo Cleanup

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Truthdigger of the Week: Yuval Diskin

Dissent is at its most potent when it comes from within the ranks of the target party—as the former Israeli security leader demonstrated in an interview this week.

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Paul Ryan: Obama’s Approach to Poverty Perpetuates the Problem (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan wouldn’t cotton to the Obama administration’s take on targeting poverty in these times of economic unrest and income inequality.

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N.Y. Times Editorial Board Goes to Pot

The editorial board of The New York Times has weighed in with its collective take on decriminalizing marijuana use, and it can be summed up with two familiar words: Legalize it.

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No Fly Zone

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

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Bachmann Again

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You Can’t Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot

The rules of money have been changed before and can be changed again. Depressions, credit crises and financial collapse are not acts of God but are induced by mechanical flaws or corruption in the financial system. Credit may stop flowing, but the workers, materials and markets are still there.

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Boom-or-Doom Riddle for Nuclear Industry

The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future, despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables increasingly compete to fill the energy gap.

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Russia Offers 3.9 Million Ruble Bounty for Help Identifying ‘Users of Tor’

Russia’s interior ministry has offered 3.9 million rubles (about $111,000) to anyone who can develop software capable of identifying users of the anonymous Internet browsing platform, The Guardian reports.

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‘Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report’

A tentatively titled and reported New York Times article glimpses former agency director George Tenet’s efforts to suppress and discredit a report accusing “former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House” about the agency’s detention and interrogation program.

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Netanyahu’s Assignment of Blame for Teen Deaths Cast Into Doubt

A BBC reporter claims an Israeli police official told him the men responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens last month were not acting under instruction from Hamas.

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U.S. Embassy in Libya Evacuated Amid Clashes

The U.S. Embassy in Libya was shuttered and its diplomats evacuated under military escort to neighboring Tunisia on Saturday as what Secretary of State John Kerry called “free-wheeling militia violence” intensified.

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Kristen Bell Sings Revamp of Mary Poppins Tune With Minimum Wage Message

The hit “Funny or Die” video casts Kristen Bell as a fed-up Mary Poppins, quitting her “choice” nanny position in protest of earning a minimum wage that has her living below the poverty line. But the timeless Disney character has a good idea about what will make her stay.

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Iron Dome

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Obamacare Legal Challenges

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Both Sides Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Truce in Gaza as Israel Rejects Broader Cease-Fire Proposal

According to Al-Jazeera, 76 bodies were recovered from the rubble Saturday morning in Gaza, during what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole is calling a “phony” cease-fire.

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the U.N. School/ Refugee Center (Video)

Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets.

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Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

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Night of Destiny in Palestine: A Third Uprising? (Video)

A new element entered the current Gaza war on Thursday, as Israel shelled a U.N. school full of displaced persons taking refuge there and large protests broke out in the Palestinian West Bank.

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Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory,” he surely wasn’t imagining anything quite like Brownbackistan.

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The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

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The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Losing the Moral High Ground

The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE


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