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SalehGaza.jpg[Photo: Saleh, center, is supported by friends. CBS News]

Thank you to CBS news for finally doing an honest piece about the slaughter that is happening in Gaza. Their report was driven by the death of the son of their cameraman - a child likely most of the crew knew. My heart goes out to him, and all those losing loved ones in these insane attacks. This piece that was on the evening news on Tuesday 7/28/2014, was the first piece I have seen from the corporate media that gave a truly human face to the horrendous loss of life, and the obscene inequality of the "war" between Israel and whoever they think they are fighting.

"Children Caught in Deadly Crossfire in Gaza."

Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor


DrMadsGilbertAlShifaHospitalGaza.jpgBy Mads Gilbert. Originally published at Middle East Monitor.

[Dr Mads Frederick Gilbert (centre) at Al-Shifa hospital on July 17th, treating a wounded Palestinian child, after an Israeli air strike killed 4 children and wounded 5 others - See more at: Middle East Memo.]

Dearest friends,

The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

YoungChildrenJoinProtestersGetty.jpgReport by DemocracyNow!.

[Young children join immigration-reform protesters while marching in front of the White House on July 7, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images]

As tens of thousands of children cross the U.S. border fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, we look at the historical roots of the crisis. The United States has a long and sadly bloody history of destabilizing democratic governments in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador -- the very countries that are now the sources of this latest migration wave. This week saw the first planeload of children deported to Honduras since President Obama vowed to speed up the removal of more than 57,000 youth who have fled to the United States from Central America in recent months. The group of 38 deportees included 21 children between the ages of 18 months and 15 years, along with 17 female family members. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the experience of Cordova and others should demonstrate to Central Americans that "they will not be welcomed to this country with open arms."

Rape at College, Then Rape by College


silencedrape.jpgBy William Boardman. Originally published at OpEd News.

[Graphic courtesy of Friend to Friend.]

Hobart & William Smith Colleges does a Steubenville

Two weeks after the fall term started, an unknown number of male students, apparently including members of the undefeated football team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Hobart), raped an 18-tear-old freshman girl who'd had too much to drink. Hobart's response was to re-rape the child bureaucratically by ignoring evidence and finding the alleged rapists not guilty. It was a sham of an administrative adjudication that failed to meet even a shadow of fairness, competence, or even intellectual plausibility. Hobart stands by its dishonest decision. Case closed.

WaterIsAHumanRight.jpgBy Jerry White. Originally published at WSWS.

[Graphic courtesy Women's Economic & Development Organization.]

[T]he shut off of water service for tens of thousands of Detroit residents has generated national and international attention. The scenes of young mothers, children, the elderly, the sick and low-income workers deprived of water for drinking, cleaning and cooking--in what is supposed to be the richest country of the world--have provoked astonishment and revulsion.

GazaChildrenUNICEF.jpgBy Henry A. Giroux, Contributing Editor.

[Children in the rubble of Gaza courtesy UNICEF.]

Militarism is like a lethal virus that takes as its first victim both historical memory and any sense of moral and social responsibility. In the United States and Israel, at the present moment, it is no longer one strain of ideology that permeates these societies; it is a general condition that gives meaning to almost all aspects of life. Incapable of thinking beyond military solutions to social problems, militarism absolves individuals and governments, if not the general public, of the horror produced by the weapons it builds; moreover, just as it erases the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it suggests that the hundreds of children killed in Gaza is a military necessity.

GazaBombing.jpgBy Chris Floyd of Empire Burlesque.
[Bombing of Gaza. Photo courtesy Ron Abbas.]

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As Israel begins its latest ground assault on the Gaza Ghetto -- accompanied by whoops of support across the American political and media spectrum -- it is worth remembering this:

For the third time in five years, the world's fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories. Since Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, just over a week ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children.

Mega Drought?


DroughtParchedEarth.jpgBy Robert Hunzinger. Originaly published at Dissident Voice.

[Photo courtesy EarthFirst.]

According to the Assessment of Southwest Climate Change (Arizona Institute of the Environment), the five decades from 1950 to 2000 were the warmest in over 600 years. The report predicts that reduced snowfall and increased evaporation from global warming will lead to more droughts over the next 90 years.

Gaza's Resistance Will Not be Crushed


MohdDurraWallGaza.jpgBy Ramzy Baroud

[In Gaza, the past and the present are intertwined. Courtesy Palestine Chronicle.]

On the 13th day of Israel's so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 18 Israel soldiers been killed at the hands of the Resistance. In Shejaiya, elders, mothers and children scrambled for cover as shells mercilessly rained down, stealing the souls of countless innocents.

Thumbnail image for MurrietaProtestersAgainstMigrants.jpgBy Satoko Kishimoto and Oliver Petitjean. Originally published at the Red Pepper.

Despite explicit opposition from hundreds of thousands of European citizens, the sovereign debt crisis has given new momentum to the privatisation of water services in many European countries. In Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy, the countries hardest hit by the crisis, water privatisation has come back onto the agenda.

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