July 28, 2014
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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.

Clintonians Join Vulture Flock Over Argentina

Likely leaders of a Hillary Clinton administration are helping hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer wring hundreds of millions of dollars from Argentina.
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The Sixth Extinction

Many now-extinct species had traits that were advantageous for millions of years, until some change made them lethal. Mostly, Homo sapiens are that change.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unrelenting Israeli Strikes Could Cause ‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’

The death toll in the Gaza Strip passed 815 as new strikes by Israel’s Netanyahu government killed more civilians and prompted the largest West Bank protests seen in decades, “Democracy Now!” reports.

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