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How the West Chose War in Gaza: Crisis Tied to Israeli-U.S. Effort to Isolate Hamas & Keep the Siege

Democracy Now! While many trace the Israeli assault on Gaza to the series of events that began with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of three teenage Israelis in the occupied West Bank, we look at how the crisis’ immediate cause has been all but ignored. In a recent article for The New York Times, "How the West Chose War in Gaza," Nathan Thrall, senior analyst at International Crisis Group, argues the r ...

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From Ellsberg to Snowden — from risks to hacks

Nathan Schneider July 19, 2014 for Waging Nonviolence. Sharing the stage today with a video feed of Edward Snowden, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg noted that the new generation of whistleblowers has improved his reputation. Government officials and others seeking to discredit Snowden and Chelsea Manning have claimed Ellsberg’s historic leak as more legitimate than, and somehow different in kind from ...

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Deadliest day in Gaza crisis

The deadliest violence, so far, of Israel's offensive claimed the lives of at least 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Sunday. Meanwhile, Hamas says it has kidnapped an Israeli soldier in Gaza City. Most of the casualties in Sunday's violence came in the Shijaiyah neighborhood, located between Gaza City and the Israeli border. On Sunday alone, Israel said that 13 soldiers had been killed in ...

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Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. After a number of hours and a national outcry, he was released. He first revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant three years ago in a New York Times Magazine article, and has since made changing U.S. immigration poli ...

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Encounters with the Profound: Photographic Exhibition and Books Presentation

London: An Exhibition of Photographs and Words: "...translations of experiences of contact with hidden internal dimensions whose depth cannot be captured by the categories of space-time in which we believe we live. In particular circumstances these experiences become accessible manifesting or erupting in ways that move our consciousness and change our lives decisively. Experiences which have no name but whi ...

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BRICS Countries Launch Development Bank Alternative to U.S.-Dominated System

A group of five countries have launched their own development bank to challenge the U.S.-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Leaders from the so-called BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — unveiled the New Development Bank at a summit in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai. Together, BRICS countries account for 25 percent ...

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The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War on Palestine, Ukraine and the Truth

By John Pilger*, TRANSCEND Media Service – The other night, I saw George Orwells’s ’1984′ performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never ...

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BRICS Presidents Begin Crucial Summit in Brazil

Fortaleza, Brazil, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The presidents of the country members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) began here today its Sixth Summit, to design new financial structures: a Development Bank and a Reserve Fund. Shortly before beginning the meeting, Head of State Dilma Rousseff welcomed to the Event Center in Ceara her colleagues Xi Jinping (China), Vladimir Putin (Russia) ...

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UK: 1000 At the TTIP protest but no mainstream Media Coverage!

The protest against The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) started at the Business Innovations Services (BIS) at 1 Victoria street where about 1000 gathered on the pavement. Organisers then guided the crowd to march through the Westminster area which was jam packed with site seers and commuters chanting the message that TTIP is a threat for democracy and for all the civil protection right ...

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Gaza: no place to run

Israel continues its attacks on Palestine ignoring all calls for a ceasefire or cessation of the hostilities and as is usual the missiles of the Jewish state cause massive damage to the Palestine cities while the haphazardly directed rockets of Hamas mostly fall of un-populated areas, largely being a symbol of resistance. The UN has expressed its concern over the civilian casualties, saying that at least 70 ...

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