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Is Netanyahu Finished?

Unless you're on the far right of Israeli politics, this has been an incredibly depressing few months in, for and about Israel. Amidst all the awful, last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his erstwhile coalition partner (the politically inept) Yair Lapid's bluff and booted him out of the governing coalition. This meant Netanyahu had to call for new elections (now scheduled for March). And it was universally assumed that this would lead to a strengthening of the parties of the right and thus a strengthening of Netanyahu's hand.

But since then something weird has happened in the Israeli body politic.

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Yarrrrrrrrrr!

In face of torture report, Fox News yacker completely loses it. "America is awesome!!!" Watch.

On Garner, Brown and Rice, Why Now?

Over recent weeks, as the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and the earlier chokehold death of Eric Garner have woven together into a common narrative about race, police violence and accountability, we can see something like a movement taking shape not only in individual cities but nationwide. But we should ask the question: why now?

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