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  • The Political Economy of Israeli Apartheid and the Specter of Genocide

    By William I Robinson, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 919 genoPalestinian children light candles in commemoration of their former home, Zafer Tower No. 4, once an 11-story apartment building, in Gaza City, Sept. 11, 2014. (Photo: Wissam Nassar / The New York Times)

    Restructuring through capitalist globalization has brought about an important shift in Palestinians' relationship to Israel and generated conditions that make it easier for the Israeli right to raise the specter of genocide.

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  • A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

    A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

    By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica | Report

    Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses - including Parkinson's disease, diabetes and epilepsy - to pay more for their drugs. Insurers have long tried to steer their members away from more expensive brand name drugs, labeling them as "non-preferred" and charging higher co-payments.

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  • The US Government Never Understood Afghanistan and Still Doesn't

    The US Government Never Understood Afghanistan and Still Doesn't

    By Anand Gopal, Metropolitan Books | Book Excerpt

    The chaos, destruction and loss of lives that came after United States intervention in Afghanistan is most often told through a government and media narrative of US military power. In his compellingly intimate portrait of how the Afghan war impacted citizens of that nation, Anand Gopal walks readers through the looking glass lens of US empire into the complex and personal history and impact of the conflict.

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