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  • Secretary Kerry's Gaffe May Reveal Hope for Compromise for Israel and Gaza

    Secretary Kerry's Gaffe May Reveal Hope for Compromise for Israel and Gaza

    By Danielle Higgins, Truthout | Op-Ed

    When US Secretary of State John Kerry made his rounds on Sunday morning talk shows to address the ongoing turmoil in Gaza, he defended the actions of the Israeli military and the Obama administration while placing the blame squarely on Hamas. But Kerry inadvertently revealed the administration's possible doubts about Israel. The Israeli narrative may lose traction as the public sees the reality on the ground in Gaza. If that happens, there may be hope for compromise.

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  • "Mad Men" and the Triumph of the Insubstantial

    "Mad Men" and the Triumph of the Insubstantial

    By Ben Agger, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The TV show "Mad Men" is about an historical moment when we began to lose touch with real things and real selves, as the '50s opened into the '60s and then into the postmodern. It is wildly popular because the characters, NYC ad agents, drink all day, have a lot of sex and self-destruct. Mad Men has become a brand, with themed clothing and weddings. Meanwhile, all the characters produce is advertising. Awash in the internet, which makes all that is solid melt into air, viewers can't look away - me included.

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