Rania Khalek Dispatches from the Underclass

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As Israel ruthlessly destroys the besieged Gaza Strip, its largest developer of military technology, Elbit Systems, is benefitting from the bloodshed. US-traded shares of Elbit have climbed 6.1 percent since 8 July, when Israel began its latest offensive against the Gaza Strip. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Israel’s three-week long massacre of 1,200 Palestinians in Gaza, including nearly 300 children, […]

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All eyes are on Gaza, where the death toll from Israel’s merciless bombing campaign has topped 1,000. But back in Jerusalem, where sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair was burned alive by Jewish vigilantes in a “revenge killing” incited by Israeli politicians early this month, right-wing lynch mobs continue to roam the streets in search of Arabs to attack. Their […]

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Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians. Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza, said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.” He added, “Israel […]

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This week marks our 10th episode of Unauthorized Disclosure. To celebrate, Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with independent journalist Aviva Stahl about her killer piece at The Nation on how the UK is stripping dual citizens of their British citizenship in an arbitrary and secretive process called citizenship deprivation. Some of those subjected to citizen deprivation, […]

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Authorities in Hayward, California are investigating the shooting death of Donny Gene Simmons Jr, a father of two who was shot dead Wednesday night by Hayward Police in front of his wife and two young daughters, marking the second fatal police-involved shooting by the Hayward Police Department this year. Police say that they were responding […]

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week reveals that nearly 40 percent of white Americans have zero friends of color. It’s unlikely that anyone with a basic understanding of modern-day race relations in this country is surprised by these statistics, but it’s still staggering to think that the closest interactions a large portion of US whites […]

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A 5-year-old boy in Kentucky accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister yesterday afternoon with a .22-caliber rifle he received as a gift last year. Their mother, who was home at the time, told police she stepped away for just three minutes when the shooting occurred. The family was reportedly unaware that the gun, which they stowed […]

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The word “terrorism” is synonymous with “Middle Eastern” in this country, so much so that Arabs and Muslims faced harassment and assault even before any details about potential Boston Marathon bombing suspects were published. Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian woman in Malden, Massachussets, was walking with her friend this afternoon (both were wearing hijabs and strolling […]

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