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Peace Is Nowhere to Be Found on Israel’s Agenda, Columnist Contends

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy wants us to wake up and smell the Zionist coffee: Israel has never cared about a “just peace,” only about “collective anxieties” that “now take precedence over all else,” he writes. In other words, Levy claims, “The Israelis want occupation, not peace.”

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The Smartest People On the Move?

What role might basic intelligence play in determining where people choose to live? Psychologist Markus Jokela of the University of Helsinki gives his answer in an upcoming issue of the journal Intelligence.

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Whalers’ Tales Shed New Light on Arctic Ice

A new study analyzing the log books of British whaling ships’ journeys more than 200 years ago has gathered vital data on the Arctic ice sheet before extensive fossil fuel use began to affect climate.

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The Politics and Economics of Inequality: A Lecture to the Top One-Tenth of 1 Percent (Video)

Here’s a lecture I gave recently at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The irony of talking about inequality with an audience composed almost entirely of the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans was not lost on me.

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In Midst of Tikrit Campaign, al-Maliki Refuses to Step Down

Despite the Iraqi parliament’s failure to reach a quorum on Tuesday, in a clear slap in the face to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other incumbents running for another term, on Friday Mr. al-Maliki insisted that he remains a candidate for a third term as prime minister.

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Hate in Murrieta and Violence in El Salvador

As American protesters in Murrieta, Calif., repulsed three busloads of immigrant mothers and children being considered for placement in the U.S., a journalist recalled the grisly Washington-funded civil war in El Salvador that killed more than 75,000 people as a cause of the refugees’ displacement.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby Fallout and Facebook

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the reliability of the new jobs numbers, the anti-choice Hobby Lobby ruling, the killing of three teenagers in Israel and whether Facebook was manipulating news feeds to assess users in its social experiments.

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The Most Dangerous Book

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Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

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Spend Independence Day with Pete Seeger and Frederick Douglass

This Fourth of July, “Democracy Now!” remembers Frederick Douglass’ defiant Independence Day address, read by James Earl Jones during a performance of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” and the life and legacy of legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94.

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Have We Been Misreading the Declaration of Independence?

An errant ink splotch or a genuine period? A scholar says an official transcript of the Declaration of Independence contains an error that has led many Americans to misinterpret the document for almost two centuries.

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Old Phones Offer Lifeline to Africa’s Forests

Recycled smartphones are being used in a high-tech approach to combating the illegal logging and poaching that are devastating trees and wildlife in endangered forests.

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The Best of ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ on Independence Day

Missing your (somewhat) daily dose of late-night satire while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on summer break? Fear not; we’ve rounded up some great clips from each show about the 4th of July.

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Americans Need to Answer: When Will Palestinians Get Their Fourth of July?

All human beings are created equal, the founders of the United States believed. That means that Palestinians, as human beings, are also created equal.

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From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

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From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

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Car Bombs Triple and Suicide Bombings Rise by One-Third Worldwide

Civilian deaths due to improvised explosive devices have increased by 70 percent over the past three years, with more than 53,000 people killed or injured globally between 2011 and 2013.

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The Scariest Part of the Facebook Emotion Study

Facebook’s manipulation of users is only half the story; two men in Georgia have already proven why the “Guns Everywhere Law” is idiotic; meanwhile, the fact that the majority of the current Supreme Court justices are Catholic has a bearing on the tribunal’s decisions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

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Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States.

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How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

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U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

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Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Commandments

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Doublespeak

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Target Gun Ban

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Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind

Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that’s eroding the freedoms of most people.

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Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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Target: Guns Are Not Family Friendly

The nation’s second-largest retailer has announced that guns are not welcome in its stores, even in states where it is legal to carry firearms.

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NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

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Rick Perry Called ‘West Coast Metrosexual’ for Taking Off His Cowboy Boots

Apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking a beating from his state’s answer to the fashionista, in the form of land commissioner and fellow Republican Jerry Patterson.

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Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen.

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Fracking Firm Offers Locals $50,000 Hush Money

Responding to complaints, a gas company in Pennsylvania offered all the residents of a particular neighborhood $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.

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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

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France’s Former President Nicolas Sarkozy Being Held by Authorities Pending Corruption Charges

Police are looking into whether the ex-president of France received illegal campaign donations from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi; Facebook has been manipulating users all along it seems; meanwhile, scientists have discovered a human protein can clean drinking water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Tinder Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit by Former Executive

Although several people at the forefront of the dating app that’s been sweeping cellphones across America would have you believe women had nothing to do with the creation of Tinder, the truth may be that there was a mistreated woman behind the scenes all along.

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Russell Brand: Bill O’Reilly’s Whole Economic Argument Is ‘Rubbish’ and ‘Based on Bigotry’

“Bill, you’re not even an efficient racist anymore,” a bemused Russell Brand tells an image of the Fox News host in his latest episode of “The Trews.”

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Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

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Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

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If There’s An Argument Against Gay Marriage, Kentucky Didn’t Make It

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II all but laughed the commonwealth’s case against same-sex marriage out of court. “These arguments are not those of serious people,” he wrote.

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T-Mobile Slapped With FTC Lawsuit for Phony Charges

Some T-Mobile customers have paid extra fees for text-based services they didn’t agree to include in their cellphone charges, and now the Federal Trade Commission is on the mobile giant’s case with an inquiry and a lawsuit.

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French Bank BNP Has Enough Cash to Pay Record $9 Billion Fine

Accused of violating sanctions against Iran, Syria and Cuba, French bank BNP Paribas agreed to pay a jaw-dropping fine, and, perhaps more incredibly, to do so without asking for money.

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History Moves, but Not Always Ahead

The weekend past saw the centenary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz-Ferdinand, with as consequence the First World War.

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