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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:13
Genna Reed

Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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Escalation of Shelling in Eastern Ukraine by Kyiv After the Tragic Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:24
Roger Annis

Shelling of the Russian-owned Lisichansk oil refinery in Ukraine. (Screenshot via UkrStream.tv)I learned of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when my plane landed in Montreal the same day, July 17, on my way home from Moscow. The Moscow-Munich leg of my flight departed one hour before the (delayed) departure of Flight MH17 from Amsterdam at 12:30 pm local time.

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Escalation of Shelling in Eastern Ukraine by Kyiv After the Tragic Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:24
Roger Annis

Shelling of the Russian-owned Lisichansk oil refinery in Ukraine. (Screenshot via UkrStream.tv)I learned of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when my plane landed in Montreal the same day, July 17, on my way home from Moscow. The Moscow-Munich leg of my flight departed one hour before the (delayed) departure of Flight MH17 from Amsterdam at 12:30 pm local time.

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Denying Child Refugees Ignores Shared History

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:55
Justin Akers Chacon

(Photo via americasvoiceonline.org)We need to provide refuge for the children arriving from Central America.

Sending them back to the countries they are fleeing is contrary to the generous ethos of this country.

It also ignores the current and long-term causes of this migration, and the misbegotten U.S. policies that have helped fuel it.

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Denying Child Refugees Ignores Shared History

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:55
Justin Akers Chacon

(Photo via americasvoiceonline.org)We need to provide refuge for the children arriving from Central America.

Sending them back to the countries they are fleeing is contrary to the generous ethos of this country.

It also ignores the current and long-term causes of this migration, and the misbegotten U.S. policies that have helped fuel it.

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From Ellsberg to Snowden — From Risks to Hacks

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:34
Nathan Schneider

Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg (bottom-left). (Twitter/Zen Albatross)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.

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From Ellsberg to Snowden — From Risks to Hacks

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:34
Nathan Schneider

Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg (bottom-left). (Twitter/Zen Albatross)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.

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On 'Human Shielding' in Gaza

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:24
Neve Gordon Nicola Perugini

All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most "precise and surgical", is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields.

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On 'Human Shielding' in Gaza

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:24
Neve Gordon Nicola Perugini

All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most "precise and surgical", is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields.

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David Versus Goliath in Gaza

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:17
Eric Margolis

A baby's shoe found in Gaza. (Photo via Mohammed Alqattawi /@m_alqattawi)Israel is clearly winning the David v. Goliath struggle with Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seized on the murder in June of three Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement to launch Israel’s third war against Gaza in six years.

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David Versus Goliath in Gaza

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:17
Eric Margolis

A baby's shoe found in Gaza. (Photo via Mohammed Alqattawi /@m_alqattawi)Israel is clearly winning the David v. Goliath struggle with Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seized on the murder in June of three Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement to launch Israel’s third war against Gaza in six years.

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Israeli Military Destroyed El-Wafa Hospital Even Though It Knew There Were No Weapons Inside

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:02
Allison Deger

Patients at el-Wafa, forced to be evacuated. (photo by Charlie Andreasson via International Middle East Media Center)The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility.

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Israeli Military Destroyed El-Wafa Hospital Even Though It Knew There Were No Weapons Inside

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:02
Allison Deger

Patients at el-Wafa, forced to be evacuated. (photo by Charlie Andreasson via International Middle East Media Center)The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility.

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NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:44
Glenn Greenwald

Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Gaza City on killing of four Palestinian boys by Israel (Screenshot via NBC News) (updated below [Fri])

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NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:44
Glenn Greenwald

Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Gaza City on killing of four Palestinian boys by Israel (Screenshot via NBC News) (updated below [Fri])

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Water Rights March in Detroit

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:40
Ruth Conniff

(Photo: @NPAction/ Twitter)On Friday, July 18, thousands of people marched through downtown Detroit to call attention to a major public health crisis as the city shuts off the water for residents who are behind on their bills.

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Water Rights March in Detroit

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:40
Ruth Conniff

(Photo: @NPAction/ Twitter)On Friday, July 18, thousands of people marched through downtown Detroit to call attention to a major public health crisis as the city shuts off the water for residents who are behind on their bills.

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You Know Your Country Sucks When You Look Wistfully Back at Stalin

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:32
Ted Rall

Cars on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, entering Queens, NY. (Photo: Tommaync/ cc/ Flickr)You can tell a lot about the state of a country by comparing the state of its public and private infrastructure.

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You Know Your Country Sucks When You Look Wistfully Back at Stalin

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:32
Ted Rall

Cars on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, entering Queens, NY. (Photo: Tommaync/ cc/ Flickr)You can tell a lot about the state of a country by comparing the state of its public and private infrastructure.

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Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-Down

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:58
Ray McGovern

Malaysia Airways’ Boeing 777 like the one that crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. (Photo credit: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland)It will likely take some time to determine who downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people onboard.

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