In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more below.

Sissi Thinks Creatively to Solve the Palestinian Refugee Problem The Egyptian president is willing to cede territory to ease the Palestinians’ plight, but Israel is shocked.

Mutiny in the Israeli Stasi: Exposing the Occupation’s Worst Filth The elite intel unit veterans took a milestone in announcing they will no longer serve the occupation. In their footsteps, perhaps, a few veterans of the Shin Bet security service will also come forward and talk about what they did at work.

The Impossible War: Isis ‘Cannot be Beaten’ as Long as There is Civil War in Syria The reasons for this are political as well as military.

German TV Shows Nazi Symbols on Helmets of Ukraine Soldiers Germans were confronted with images of their country’s dark past on Monday night, when German public broadcaster ZDF showed video of Ukrainian soldiers with Nazi symbols on their helmets in its evening newscast.

How the Super Rich Got Richer: 10 Shocking Facts About Inequality The gap between the super rich and the rest of us is spiralling out of control, with Britain’s 1% grabbing more than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe.

People Facing Death: ISIL, Vietnam, and the Impact of Images An interview with an expert in the cultural functions of journalism, and the power of the visual.

Israel’s Salaita Amir Hetsroni might seem an unlikely academic to be fighting for a job at Ariel University.

Turkey Abstains on U.S. Coalition Against Islamic State Visits to Ankara by both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel last week failed to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step up as a “core” member of a US-led “broad coalition of partners” against the Islamic State (IS), which U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Sept. 10.

Contractors Ready to Cash In on ISIS War Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World Scientists are cooking up asphalt, concrete, and metals that heal themselves. That means smarter and stronger infrastructure—and just a dash of magic.

Cement Makes the Modern World Possible The Romans might have made it better, but right now cement is one of the world’s most used materials, period.

The Lag In Wages Vs. Productivity Working harder and making less isn’t a great deal for you, although it certainly is good for corporate profits.

Study says TV is increasingly for the old. Yay! Good news TV is getting better because it isn’t always catering to the young, many of whom are known flibbertigibbets.


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