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Category Archive: Politics

Jul 25 2014

Reports of Israeli attacks on schools and hospitals

Richard Engel of NBC News says that the school that was hit by Israeli artillery was a designated UN refugee shelter which people went to seeking shelter from the aerial barrage. He shows one man who said his six children were blown to bits like scraps of paper. The UN official was adamant that there …

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Jul 25 2014

A very moving interview

Actor George Takei was a guest on The Daily Show and Jon Stewart wisely decided not to make it a yuk-fest with Star Trek jokes but instead spent the time allowing Takei to describe the time during World War II when his family were herded into barbed-wire enclosed internment camps for the entire duration of …

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Jul 25 2014

War is not hell, it is worse

war is not hell

Some apologists for war try to casually dismiss the unwelcome fact that it results in the deaths of mostly innocent civilians with clich├ęs like ‘war is hell’, acting as if they are themselves veterans of wars who have seen the grimness up close and are thus can be excused for taking a hardened view. In …

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Jul 24 2014

Stewart challenges McCain to a wrong-off

John McCain is the latest person to attempt to criticize the way that Jon Stewart covers him and, as with all previous attempts, he gets the worst of it. These people never seem to learn that it is foolish to go up against a sharp comedian who has his own show and a panel of …

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Jul 24 2014

Exploiting the poor, then hiding them

New York City has allowed a real estate developer to construct an apartment building with two classes of tenants, rich and poor, but where the poorer people have to use a separate back entrance, like servants’ have in feudal societies. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development signed off on the application from Extell to …

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Jul 24 2014

Civil asset forfeiture in the news again

Some time ago, I wrote about the process known as ‘civil asset forfeiture’ where the authorities can pre-emptively seize someone’s assets and force them to incur the trouble and expense of going to court to get it back. This practice nets the government about $5 billion in revenue annually and many local jurisdictions abuse this …

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Jul 24 2014

The secret rules for blacklisting people

The US blacklists people in many ways, with such people being subjected to snooping and harassment and being put on no-fly lists. And once you are on those secret terrorist watchlists it is almost impossible to get off. Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux at The Intercept have obtained a key government document that …

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Jul 24 2014

Ordinary people doing the right thing

We may think that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is something that started happening in just the last decade. But that is not the case Back in 1975, Clela Rorex was a 31-year old woman who had recently been elected county clerk in Boulder, Colorado. One day two men came in and asked her …

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Jul 23 2014

Shutting down the debate

Jon Stewart discovers what it is like when you try to talk about Israel and Palestine. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive (This clip aired on July 21, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside …

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Jul 23 2014

Report from a Gazan hospital

NBC News correspondent Richard Engel reports from a hospital in Gaza that is overwhelmed with dead and injured children. As one doctor says while examining a ten-year old whose mother and two sisters died in the blast that left her paralyzed, “This is a Palestinian child, guilty of the most horrible crime: to be born …

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