Israel/Palestine

Everest base camp sherpa guides stage walkout

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Gesture to honour 16 colleagues killed last week threatens to throw Nepal's lucrative climbing season into disarray.
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US condemns South Sudan massacre as horrific

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

White House calls on both sides in civil war to bring to justice those who carried out "abomination" in town of Bentiu.
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US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Resumption of aid suspended last year will help "counter-terrorism" operations in Sinai Peninsula, Pentagon says.
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Ukraine orders military action in the east

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Acting president orders new operation against rebels after a local politician was found dead with signs of torture.
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By Bill Blum

The current Supreme Court has consistently decided for states’ rights and majority rule, which could be a Continue →

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Qatar criticised for domestic workers’ abuse

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rights group condemns forced labour and exploitation, citing "shocking testimonies" in 2022 World Cup host nation.
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France to stop citizens joining Syria war

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Proposed measures include a dedicated hotline and stripping people of French nationality as deterrence and punishment.
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Rio ‘pacified’ slum hit by violence

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

One person killed in protests sparked by death of 25-year-old local from Pavao-Pavaozinho, a 'pacified' slum.
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N Korea urged to stop new nuclear tests

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

US urges Pyongyang to comply with international obligations and commitments, as Obama visits Asia on four-nation tour.
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US to examine Syria chlorine-attack claim

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

State Department confirms indications of use of toxic industrial chemical in Kfar Zeita town in Hama province.
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Thai parties fail to agree on new elections

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Talks on a roadmap to elections end with no breakthrough after the opposition withdraw.
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Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

By William Pfaff

A correspondent of the conservative Le Figaro, Adrien Jaulmes in Donetsk, reports Tuesday that what is taking Continue →

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South Korea ferry death toll reaches 121

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

More bodies found but 181 remain missing, as rescue operations are ramped up under better weather conditions.
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Palestinian factions arrive for Gaza talks

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rival Palestinian groups are in Gaza for talks aimed at ending "ugly split" that has fractured relations since 2006.
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S Sudan rebel leader rejects massacre claims

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rebel commander Riek Machar says his forces were not behind the killing of hundreds in the contested town of Bentiu.
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Palestine warns Israel against talks failure

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Palestinian president says Tel Aviv must take on Palestinian economic burden if peace talks fail.
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Al Jazeera journalists’ trial adjourned again

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Correspondent Peter Greste, and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have already spent 115 days in Egyptian jail.
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Flush Forward: Harvesting Renewable Energy From Toilets (Video)

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

Here’s a bit of Earth Day news we might one day use: Researchers in South Korea have developed a method of harvesting electricity from the motion of water.

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Discovery Plans Documentary About Mount Everest Avalanche

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

But is it too soon? The Discovery network is working on a documentary about the avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday in which 13 Sherpas were killed and three more are missing and presumed dead.

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Anti-Gay Churches Chap ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s Ass

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

Need proof that America’s attitudes about gay marriage are changing? Listen to wrestler Steve Austin, he of the “Stone Cold Stunner,” use salty language to declare his support for same-sex couples.

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According to a flash poll by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a minority of North American business leaders agree that climate change is a problem requiring urgent action, trailing all other continents polled.

Just 39 percent agreed Continue →

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By Lois Beckett, ProPublica

Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades, but at least Continue →

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Is football still the beautiful game?

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

One of the world's top football clubs has sacked its manager in his first season.
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Streamline it-Make it Simple (?)

by Damon Mathews on April 22, 2014

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Block on Affirmative Action

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

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Publicly funded colleges in Michigan still won’t be able to take applicants’ racial background information into consideration in the admissions process, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a referendum that passed Continue →

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Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki

Israel has long sought to enter the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens from participating countries to obtain an automatic 90 day visa to travel to the United States.  Yet, Israel has not been admitted to the Continue →

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Biden vows US will isolate Russia if Ukraine ‘provocation’ not halted (via AFP)

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong Continue →

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Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

Returning to visit his native South Africa, Peter Beinart writes in Haaretz about the the changes, but misses the point:

The South Africa I visited as a child was a brutal, isolated place… In today’s South Africa, by contrast, multiculturalism Continue →

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Moral Rights and Wrongs May Depend on Your Geographic Location

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

A Pew study reveals that people in disparate parts of the world responded differently to moral issues; an essential vitamin is found in meteorites; meanwhile, scientists have succeeded in cloning adult stem cells. These discoveries and more Continue →

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Passover Auto-Pilot

by Marc H. Ellis on April 22, 2014

(Image: The Israel Forever Foundation)

(Image: The Israel Forever Foundation)

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

On this last day of Passover, I received an email invite to commemorate Continue →

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Global Earth Day coalition drops SodaStream over complicity in Israeli occupation

by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz on April 22, 2014

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Today is Earth Day and just yesterday the Earth Day Network, a global environmental coalition with 22,000 partners in 192 countries, cut ties with SodaStream over its relationship to the Israeli occupation. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sent Continue →

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Supreme Court To Rule On Explosive Jerusalem Passport Issue

by Mitchell Plitnick on April 22, 2014

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The Israel-Palestine usually takes up a disproportionate amount of attention in two of the three branches of the US government. Now, the third is getting into the mix. The radical irresponsibility of the Roberts Court, which has already gone a Continue →

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Keystone XL

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

By Nick Anderson

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Doves Rising

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

By Signe Wilkinson

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‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says.
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Obamacare Train Wreck

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

By Adam Zyglis, Cagle Cartoons, The Buffalo News

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Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough

Last summer I did a post saying that Terry Gross of Fresh Air, one of the best interviewers around, doesn’t care about Edward Snowden. Since then, Snowden has come up at least twice on her show, with Gross using Continue →

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In Today’s Times, Nick Bilton has a piece on novel uses of “bots,” or computer code that impersonates humans and mimics their activities on-line, titled “Friends, and Influence for Sale Online.” Here are a few paragraphs near the end of Continue →

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Why We Ought to Start Paying Attention to Burundi

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 22, 2014

Rarely does the small Central African country of Burundi get much international attention. However recent developments aimed at restricting political freedom ahead of scheduled national elections next year highlight not only the need for international attention, but greater international engagement Continue →

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