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First New Palestinian City ‘in 1,000 Years’ Finally Opens Doors – Calev Ben-David and Elliott Gotkine/Bloomberg Business

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     A 3D model of Rawabi.

A West Bank town touted by developers as “the first Palestinian city in 1,000 years” is welcoming its first residents, after years of delays and heated debate over whether it represents collusion with Israel’s occupation or defiance of it.

Rawabi’s limestone-colored residential towers rise out of a pastoral landscape of terraced hills northwest of Ramallah, a contrast to the low-rise Palestinian villages and Israeli settlements in the surrounding area. With its own schools, shops, services and cultural and religious attractions, the $1.2 billion project’s 6,000 planned units will eventually house about 40,000 people.
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Controversial German Philosopher Says Man And Machine Will Fuse Into One Being – Nathan Gardels/HuffPo

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Peter Sloterdijk is Germany’s most controversial thinker and media theorist. He has dared to challenge long-established divisions in traditional philosophy of body and soul, subject and object, culture and nature. His 1999 lecture on “Regulations for the Human Park,” in which he argued that genetic engineering was a continuation of human striving for self-creation, stirred up a tempest in a country known for Nazi eugenics. At the same time, he himself has concluded that “the taming of man has failed” as civilization’s potential for barbarism has grown ever greater. His seminal books include “Critique of Cynical Reason” and his trilogy, “Spheres.”

At a recent Berggruen Center on Philosophy and Culture symposium on humans and technology at Cambridge University’s St. John’s School of Divinity, The WorldPost discussed with Sloterdijk the end of borders between humans and technology, the cloud, singularity and identity in the age of globalization.

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Dick Cheney Denounces Nuclear Deal With Iran as ‘Madness’ – Peter Baker/The New York Times

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OCCUPIED WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday rallied Republican opposition to President Obama’s agreement with Iran, denouncing it as a “shameful deal” that would risk a new Holocaust and possibly lead to the first nuclear attack since Nagasaki.

In a full-throated speech to supporters at the American Enterprise Institute here, Mr. Cheney argued that Mr. Obama and his team had abandoned their own criteria for a meaningful agreement and acquiesced to “an intricately crafted capitulation” that makes “concession after concession after concession” that will empower the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism.
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A Review of the Reviewer of Max Blumenthal's Book

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I was going to leave this as a comment on MW but decided against it because I suddenly realized that I much prefer to write it up for my own blog – simple as that.  But I will be linking it there and people who come to Plato’s to read it will then be able to comment, if they feel so inclined, without gatekeepers reading over their shoulders. 

Why James North’s promotion of Max Blumenthal’s book fails as a review is what interests me here, not Blumentha’s book itself.  So here’s what I’d like to say to James North after reading his promotional and uncritical review of Max Blumentha’s latest book – James’ article is headlined: ‘Why the mainstream media is still ignoring Max Blumenthal’s excellent book on Gaza’.

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State Department Funds BDS Movement – Susan L.M. Goldberg/PJ Tatler

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Your tax dollars at work… against the Jewish State.

Now that a new academic year is upon us, pro-Israel advocates are gearing up for another round of boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) blather on many an American college campus. As the most recent Israeli elections taught us, if you want to know who you’re up against, just follow the money. As The Algemeiner reports:

The controversial New Israel Fund and its social change and political lobbying organization – known as SHATIL – have received more than $1 million from the State Department under a program designed to create political change, reform, and activism in the Middle East.

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Israel in a Post-Deal World – Ami Ayalon/The New York Times

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OCCUPIED HAIFA, Israel — THE day after six world powers reached a nuclear agreement with Iran in July, the Israeli Knesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee called on Israel’s government to “continue to closely follow the precise and strict implementation” of the agreement “to ensure that Iran is not continuing to fool the international community as it did in the past, while strengthening the historic alliance between the United States and Israel.”
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