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May 29, 2016
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Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel

The renowned British historian and activist in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the occupation of Palestine has made headlines recently for her refusal to accept a prestigious Israeli academic prize.
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From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's 2007 piece recalling the bombings.
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Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig's editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music's role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
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Nearly 40,000 Verizon Strikers Complete Sixth Week of Biggest U.S. Labor Action in Years

A Verizon tech and a rep of one of the unions leading the strike tell “Democracy Now” about the unvetted scabs the company is using to complete the strikers’ work and that it exaggerates the wages it pays.

Tim Canova on Bernie Sanders’ Endorsement, Challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Video)

Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has not faced a significant challenge to her Florida congressional seat since she arrived on Capitol Hill in 2005. But Canova has already changed that.

For years, Zofran was the most popular morning-sickness medication in the U.S. Now it’s being blamed for causing birth defects. The larger issue is a drug-safety system that excludes women from clinical trials, potentially putting them and their babies at risk.

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Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

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With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have some advice for divided Democrats.

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Agence France Presse got the scoop last week, reporting that special operations troops were embedded with Kurdish People’s Protection Units and wearing their insignia, participating in combat against the I.S. stronghold in northern Syria.

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After arguments between Trump supporters and event protesters became physical, police arrived in riot gear and used pepper spray on the chaotic crowd.

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The filmmaker’s new documentary follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a larger-than-life Ukrainian pastor who tries to rehabilitate homeless children in his “Pilgrim Republic.”

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The New York congressman says Trump exploited a program intended to help the city’s small businesses recover from the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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After polls showed that a majority of Germans fear a rise in crime if people fleeing violence are allowed into the country, Amnesty International brought some Germans face to face with refugees in an experiment psychologists say helps people bond.

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Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman discussing the controversial trade pact with Goldman Sachs lobbyists.

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