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Read All About the Biggest Snowden Reveal

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Below is a handy summary of the stories that came out of The Intercept’s recent effort to publish documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower as well as several other discoveries made by Larry Gross from around the web.

Last Wednesday, The Intercept published the most documents ever released at once from the cache provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 294 articles from an internal NSA news site, SIDtoday, many of them classified. After combing through the documents, staffers Margot Williams, Micah Lee, and Talya Cooper wrote an overview of their findings, which included revelations on how U.S. spies misused a covert network for personal business and the many ways the U.S. tried to bug Iraq after removing Saddam Hussein. Longtime contributor Nick Turse separately used the NSA documents to investigate how the spy agency helped a draconian regime in Ethiopia exponentially expand its surveillance network, while investigative reporter Ryan Gallagher revealed how the NSA secretly operated drones from a base in the English countryside.

Ahead of this flood of information on electronic spying by the U.S. government, The Intercept’s Sam Biddle reminded readers of the unparalleled surveillance powers of a private American corporation, Facebook. Academics told him that Facebook’s behavior in handling cloaked advertising from the Russian government was “stunning” and raised “crucial questions” about “most of the public’s personal data.” Biddle called for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress.

Huge Spike in Number of Israelis ‘un-Jewed’ by Chief Rabbinate in Past Two Years
Trend appears related to new practice of re-examining and revoking religious status of citizens already recognized as Jewish.

The Complexities of the Kurdish Independence Referendum
The upcoming vote is not a welcome development, writes Yassamine Mather.

A Quick Reminder of Why Colonialism Was Bad
Ignoring or downplaying colonial atrocities is the moral equivalent of Holocaust denial.

Hillary Happened
You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened.

Why Millennials Are the Key to Future Social Transformation
Young Americans are not “rebels without a cause.” Rather, they share radical countercultural values that challenge the very foundation of US political and economic structures.

The A.I. “Gaydar” Study and the Real Dangers of Big Data
Every face does not tell a story; it tells thousands of them.

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling
Computers and cellphones are making their way into some Amish communities, pushing them—sometimes willingly, often not—into the 21st century.

How Corporate Capitalism Looted Democracy
Democrats not only colluded with Republicans in the robbery—some may now be willing to allow corporations to evade hundreds of billions they owe in back taxes.

Sen. Warren Rips Anthem for Sending ‘Bigger Tax Cuts or Else’ Ransom Note
Warren said the insurance giant has no right to demand massive taxpayer giveaways after making nearly $900 million in profits in the second quarter of this year.

The Credible Think Tank Is Dead
The ousting of a Google critic at the New America Foundation shows how donors have corrupted Washington’s policy and research institutes.

Netanyahu, Sole Leader to Endorse Independent Kurdistan, Hits Back at Erdogan for Supporting Hamas
Netanyahu’s message to Turkey is that as long as it supports Hamas, it can expect stones to be thrown at its glass house.

In India’s ‘Rape Capital,’ Designers Change How People Picture Assault
This past spring, Breakthrough India saw an opportunity to reset the narrative by developing updated news illustrations and sharing them with media outlets.

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