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Why John Kerry Should Be Treated As A Thief

Robert Fisk
Guardian (Uk)
Many Israelis see the vileness of this land theft and condemn it. They deserve the peace and security which the world wishes them. But they won’t get it with colonisation, and they know it.

Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

Juan Cole
Morsi and the Brotherhood leadership bear a good deal of the blame for derailing the transition, since a democratic transition is a pact among various political forces, and he broke the pact. But the Egyptian military bears the other part of the blame for the failed transition. Ambitious officers such as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Morsi’s Minister of Defense, were secretly determined to undo Morsi’s victory at the polls.

Friday Nite Videos -- August 16, 2013

Kentucky town with openly gay mayor. Court clerk fired for helping free wrongly convicted man. Frisky business in New York City. Obama -- I was going to do that. Documentary: The Act of Killing. Country Joe at Woodstock: Vietnam Song.

Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

Jennifer M. Silva
The Boston Globe
Book Review and Interview: Jennifer Silva's "Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty." In 100 in-depth, in-person interviews, she found a new working-class adult “bewildered in the labor market, betrayed by institutions, distrustful of love, disconnected from others, and committed to emotional growth.”

Bradley Manning Did Not Hurt the United States

Rainey Reitman
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Bradley Manning didn't hurt us any more than a dentist hurts a patient when removing an abscessed tooth. The brief discomfort that resulted from the WikiLeaks disclosures was necessary to begin the process of healing and reform. It is a process that we do not yet know will be successful, but which began with Manning's decision to leak vital documents to WikiLeaks. And for that, we owe Manning thanks; no apologies necessary.

Egypt Crackdown - Reports and Analysis

Sharif Abdel Kouddous, and others
The violent clampdown by security forces has all but ended the possibility of a rapprochement with the Muslim Brotherhood. A cross section of Middle East analysts discuss the implications of the latest wave of violence in Egypt (in Al Jazeera)

Let's Talk About Health Care and I Don't Mean the ACA

Deborah Burger
Huffington Post
When it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients. Good health care is a fundamental resource that keeps America's big engine running. Taxes should help pay for our healthcare. It works for seniors, it works for Congress members, and it will work for all of us.

Tidbits - August 15, 2013

Reader comments: Prisons; Labor Unions; Banning Russia from the Olympics - a Very Bad Idea; Remembering Viola Liuzzo; Bayard Rustin & '63 March on Washington; American Jews & Israeli Racism; Student Debt; Announcements: FREEDOM '63 REMIXED - Legacies of the March on Washington - Aug 16 -New York; The Forgotten History of the March on Washington, Aug 22 -Washington, DC - two events; Walmart Workers are Standing Up!; CCDS 7th Convention; Useful graphic o