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Whole Foods repackages itself for poor neighborhoods — "This is a ground breaking," he said, "but it's about a breakthrough for Englewood." For the Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods - often referred to as "Whole Paycheck" for its high prices - opening a store in one of Chicago's most marginalized neighborhoods is part of a new strategy.

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks — One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries had offered permanent asylum after the U.S.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @caulkthewagon: Make sure you check out @joshua_eaton's one year sunmary and analysis of the Snowden leaks today.…

Jul 31, 2014

RT @K_isanasshole: Looking back in anger: @joshua_eaton summarizes one year of NSA leaks, with answers raising more questions…

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Truths and myths about the rise of part-time jobs — When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 288,000 jobs had been added in June, critics cried foul. They said the news was misleading: The details showed a deteriorating job market, which many critics blamed on the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide workers with health insurance or risk prosecution or penalties.

Gaza tests US-Israel 'special relationship' — Tel Aviv, Israel -The three-week-old Israeli offensive in Gaza has been turned into a full-fledged campaign to demilitarise the Strip, a war that for many Israelis involves not just Hamas but also John Kerry.
Jul 31, 2014

On the latest Hamas official targeted for assassination by Israel: John Kerry.…

International investigators reach MH17 crash site — International investigators were allowed access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, two weeks after the plane came down and after days of being turned back by pro-Russian rebels. "[Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)] ...

Obama should embrace Africa’s democratic standard-bearers — President Barack Obama will host the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., from Aug. 4 to 6. The event will showcase Africa's impressive economic rise and the Obama administration's policy initiatives as the U.S. plays catch-up with Europe, China and other parts of the world that are aggressively pursuing economic opportunities around the continent.

Cartoon depicts child in Gaza used as part of 'PR war'

Is Israel losing Latin America? — In 2009, Venezuela and Bolivia cut diplomatic ties with Israel, expressing disgust at the country's actions during "Operation Cast Lead" - a three-week conflict that included an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip and caused heavy civilian casualties.

The lonely path of Israel’s military dissenters — Israelis like First Sergeant A. are a rarity. After more than three weeks of fighting that has cost the lives of more than 1,300 Palestinians - mostly civilians - and of over 50 Israeli soldiers, the Israeli public remains overwhelmingly supportive of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @ibnezra: I spoke with a member of the IDF that refused to serve in the Gaza operation. He was sent to jail for 18 days:…

Chinese man sues clinic over gay ‘conversion therapy’ — A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, known as "conversion therapy," as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. Yang Teng, 30 said that the "therapy" given to him included hypnosis and electric shock and he was left physically and mentally hurt.

US media finally acknowledges Gazans' plight — I sometimes wonder about how many businesses have been impacted by the invention of the Internet. Think about it, when we first started typing www, do you think any travel agents said well this is seriously going to kill my business? Did anyone envision the impact of what a store like Amazon would do to traditional business?

Immigration protest movement gains new impetus — LOS ANGELES - A convoy will leave Murrieta on Friday and start a 1,500-mile journey from California to McAllen, Texas with stops along the way to protest "the invasion happening unchecked at our nation's borders." Another organization, the Minuteman Project has just launched Operation Normandy with plans to blanket the 2,000-mile southern border with protesters on May 1, 2015 - which they describe as D-Day.

'Mosul Brigades' vows to resist Islamic State — Support for the Islamic State group appears to be waning in the Iraqi city of Mosul after several religious shrines were destroyed. Nearly two months after the armed group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, took over Iraq's second city, the destruction of national icons and mosques have birthed a resistance group in northern Iraq.

Argentina braces for fallout from debt default — Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after hopes for a midnight deal with holdout creditors were dashed, setting up stock and bond prices for declines on Thursday and raising chances a recession could worsen this year.