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A suicide in Gaza

When Mohanned Younis, a 22-year-old student, returned to his home in a relatively prosperous part of Gaza City one night last August, he was in an agitated state. He had been depressed, his mother, Asma, recalled. But she was not too worried when he locked himself in his room.<p>A talented writer …

Israel

Poles Helped Nazis Kill Most Of The Jews In Hiding During Holocaust

(JTA) — According to new research done in Poland, two thirds of the local Jews who hid there from the Nazis did not survive the war, mostly because …

Israel

Israel’s millennia-old ‘biblical diet’

A new generation of academics and chefs are cooking with ancient grains and herbs, using ‘original recipes’, to help work through Israel’s long-unresolved legacy of trauma.<p>Between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv lies a man-made Garden of Eden, dotted with imported Lebanese cedar trees, reconstructed olive …

Israel

Birth of a “Troll Nation”: Amanda Marcotte on how and why conservatives embraced the dark side

<b>Amanda Marcotte (Peter Cooper)</b><p>Amanda Marcotte’s new book is about a problem bigger than Trump: The turn toward hate that made him possible<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>May 9, 2018 8:59am (UTC)<p>I had no role in editing Amanda Marcotte's new book, which bears the amusing and highly appropriate title, "Troll Nation: …

Feminism

Paloma: The National Drink of Mexico

Make this drink whenever it’s hot outside!<p>We up here in <i>el Norte</i> spend a lot of time these days talking about the impact Mexico has on the culture of …

Mexico

Bodycam Video Of Police Entering Las Vegas Shooter's Hotel Room Finally Released

A Nevada Supreme Court has ordered Las Vegas police to release bodycam footage and audio from 911 calls from the night of the deadly rampage.<p><i>Warning: The videos may be disturbing to some viewers.</i><p>Las Vegas police released body camera footage on Wednesday showing officers entering Stephen Paddock’s …

Las Vegas

The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple

Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.<p>In this excerpt of <i>Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats</i>, author Maryn McKenna chronicles the rise of the …

Agriculture

Why replacing politicians with experts is a reckless idea

Democracy is tired, vindictive, self-deceiving, paranoid, clumsy and frequently ineffectual. Much of the time it is living on past glories. This sorry state of affairs reflects what we have become. But current democracy is not who we are. It is just a system of government, which we built, and which …

Political Science

The Real Villain Behind Our New Gilded Age

The comedian Chris Rock once said, “If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” Populist revolts throughout the world may not count as street riots, but they do reflect disenchantment with not just our government but also liberal democracy itself.<p>In the past …

Economics

Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!

SEOUL, South Korea — On May 5, 1818, in the southern German town of Trier, in the picturesque wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley, Karl Marx was born. At the time Trier was one-tenth the size it is today, with a population of around 12,000. According to one of Marx’s recent biographers, …

Karl Marx

I’m A Gay Jew Of Color Who Supports Israel. The Left Hates Me

I’m a gay Mizrahi Jew who supports Israel. And the left hates me.<p>It’s ironic. I am the embodiment of intersectionality. I’m the son of an Iraqi …

Israel

To call Kanye West and Nas “false prophets” vastly overestimates them

It has been a disorienting month for lovers of hip hop. First, the rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album <i>DAMN</i>, a milestone that marked how far the music genre has come since it was dismissed as “pornographic filth.” Just days later, fans found themselves baffled and aghast as …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?

T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an unprecedented scale in a population explosion: the baby boomers – born between 1946 and the mid-60s – had arrived. It …

Housing

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Biology

The first step in finding Golden State Killer suspect: Finding his great-great-great-grandparents on genealogy site

There was no match in the FBI's national DNA database. A search of California's forensic data bank came up blank.<p>The clue that led investigators this week to the door of the suspected Golden State Killer came instead from an unexpected source: an amateur genealogy website that's something like the …

Genealogy

Black Kos, Week In Review — The Arab slave trade in Africa

The Arab presence in Sub-Saharan Africa — Part 1 The Arab slave trade in Africa<p>Occupying the vast intercontinental space between Africa, Europe, …

Africa

Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, Arrested After 40-Year Hunt, Authorities Say

Police arrested a 72-year-old former cop who they say terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s, carrying out 12 murders and at least 45 rapes.<p>The …

Crime

Los Angeles vs. San Francisco: Which City Rules The West Coast

<i>This article was initially published under another URL on March 3, 2014, and has been updated with new photography throughout.</i><p>Ah, the classic city feud. You’ve heard this argument one hundred times before. Which is better: Los Angeles or San Francisco? Well, the time has come to settle the score. …

San Francisco

‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro

The untold story of how Lisa Howard’s intimate diplomacy with Cuba’s revolutionary leader changed the course of the Cold War.<p><b>Lisa Howard had been waiting for more than two</b> hours in a suite of the Hotel Riviera, enough time to bathe, dress and apply makeup, then take it all off to get ready for bed …

Cuba

Jewish Surnames Through the Ages:An Etymological History

History/Judaism<p>This survey of the origins of Jewish surnames by Benzion C. Kaganoff is a companion piece to the same writer’s…<p>Benzion C. Kaganoff / …

'Haifa is essentially segregated': cracks appear in Israel's capital of coexistence

Ben-Gurion Boulevard climbs from the bustling port on Haifa’s Mediterranean shore up Mount Carmel towards the famous Bahai shrine, its gleaming golden dome surrounded by lush terraced gardens. On the south side of the palm-lined road, on a spring lunchtime, the Fattoush restaurant is packed with …

Israel

These rich white bros started an East Coast caste system to continue their domination of America

They copied the idea from India and called themselves the “Boston Brahmins”<p>In 1860, American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., whose …

War

the female-directed horror so terrifying paramedics were called to the screening

Watch an exclusive trailer for the bloody thriller flipping the male gaze on its head. Just don’t do it on your own.<p>Horror film, <i>Revenge</i>, has been garnering an awful lot of buzz since it launched at Toronto International Film Festival last year.<p>Great reviews kind of buzz. Picked up by streaming …

Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel's European founders in the 1950s has reopened …

Clear threats to Israel’s sovereignty

It is time to be proactive. Time for the world to call for new democratic elections in the West Bank and condemn Hamas’s tyrannical grip on the Gaza …

Are Iran and Israel Headed for Their First Direct War?

SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Ever since the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran and Israel have been fighting each other in the shadows — through proxies, assassination squads and cyber-virus attacks, but never as rival armies meeting on the field of battle. That may be about to …

Middle East

How To Get Ripped, According To Jason Momoa

Whether it's as Aquaman in <i>Justice League</i>, Khal Drogo in HBO's <i>Game of Thrones,</i> Declan Harp in Netflix's <i>Frontier</i> or as the fearsomeConan The Barbarian, …

Pundits agree: Paul Ryan is retiring because he sold his soul to Donald Trump

<b>Paul Ryan (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>As Ryan prepares to retire as Speaker of the House, pundits seem to agree that he is leaving behind a bad legacy<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>April 12, 2018 12:42pm (UTC)<p>Pundits reacting to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's surprise retirement announcement seem to agree on one thing …

A House You Can Buy, But Never Own

African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues.<p>ATLANTA—It was not until a few years after he moved in that Zachary Anderson realized that he was not, in fact, the owner of the house he thought he’d …

Real Estate

An Iraq War vet makes the case against shallow patriotism

“I think a lot of people have a third-grade understanding of what patriotism is.”<p>If you’re looking for a rose-colored view of the military, Marine and Iraq War veteran Matt Young’s new memoir <i>Eat</i> <i>t</i><i>he Apple</i>isn’t for you.<p>But if you want a glimpse of the regret and shame and confused pride that consumes …

U.S. Marines