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BREAKING: Gaza Health Official Says 10 Dead After Strike Near U.N. School

Source: AP

Gaza Health Officials: death toll from airstrike near UN school in Rafa now at 10 - @AP

#BREAKING: At least seven killed in strike on UN school in Gaza, Palestinian medics say


Aug. 3, 2014 4:59 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza health official says 10 people have been killed by a strike near a United Nations school in the embattled coastal territory.

Ashraf al-Kidra says another 35 were wounded after the hit near a boys' school in the southern town of Rafah that is sheltering people displaced by the 27-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Witnesses said the attack happened while people were waiting in line for food supplies. It was not immediately clear whether the strike was the result of Israeli or Palestinian fire.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment and the U.N. said it was not immediately clear where the strike originated.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israeli-begins-redeploying-along-gaza-border

Israel Begins Redeploying Along Gaza Border

Source: Associated Press

Number of Israeli tanks seen leaving Gaza after government signals it will reassess its operations in the region - @AP

@AFP: #UPDATES: spokesman said Israel was "removing some (troops)" and "changing from within," in "an ongoing mission" http://t.co/5akf6ufe4i

Aug. 3, 2014 3:01 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's military has begun redeploying along its border with Gaza after the government signaled it would reassess its operations.

A number of tanks and other vehicles were seen leaving Gaza on Sunday. In a televised address late Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested troops would reassess the operation after completing the demolition of Hamas military tunnels under the border. Security officials said the tunnel mission was winding down.

At the same time, Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay an "intolerable price" if it continued to fire rockets at Israel and that all options remain on the table.

Israel carried out airstrikes in southern Gaza Sunday even as it signaled it may be scaling back its 27-day-old offensive in Gaza. Gaza health officials said nine Palestinians were killed in the strike.

Read more: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/israeli-palestinian-conflict

Wikileaks Leaked Cable: Israel's "Dahiya Doctrine" - Deliberate Targeting of Civilian Areas

Wikileaks account Tweeted this earlier:

@wikileaks: Wikileaks cable on #Israel's "Dahiya Doctrine" - deliberate targeting of civilian areas with excessive force #Gaza https://t.co/iGG19hpQ3l/s/Q1Md


Office Origin:-- N/A or Blank --
Office Action:-- N/A or Blank -- Archive Status:-- Not Assigned --
From:Israel Tel Aviv Markings:-- Not Assigned --
To:Egypt Cairo | Israel Jerusalem | Joint Chiefs of Staff | Jordan Amman | Lebanon Beirut | National Security Council | Secretary of Defense | Secretary of State | Syria Damascus

- snip -

6. (S) Eisenkot labeled any Israeli response to resumed
conflict the "Dahiya doctrine" in reference to the leveled
Dahiya quarter in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War in
2006. He said Israel will use disproportionate force upon
any village that fires upon Israel, "causing great damage and
destruction." Eisenkot made very clear: this is not a
recommendation, but an already approved plan -- from the
Israeli perspective, these are "not civilian villages, they
are military bases." Eisenkot in this statement echoed
earlier private statements made by IDF Chief of General Staff
Gabi Ashkenazi, who said the next fight in Southern Lebanon
would come at a much higher cost for both sides -- and that
the IDF would not hold back.

7. (SBU) Eisenkot stated that Damascus fully understands what
the Israelis did in Dahiya, and that the Israelis have the
capability of doing the same to Syria. He suggested the
possibility of harm to the population has been Hizballah
leader Nasrallah's main constraint, and the reason for the
quiet over the past two years. Eisenkot criticized media
coverage of Nasrallah, arguing it legitimizes and equalizes
Nasrallah as an adversary.

Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court

Source: Buzzfeed

Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act Struck Down By Constitutional Court

“We become legal again!” said LGBT activist Frank Mugisha. But Ugandan LGBT activists are bracing for a violent backlash to the decision.

Posted on Aug. 1, 2014, at 6:14 a.m.

J. Lester Feder
BuzzFeed Staff

Uganda's Constitutional Court struck down the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act on Friday, giving new hope to the country's embattled LGBT people and human rights activists.

Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda, one of a group of ten human rights activists, opposition politicians, and LGBT people who brought the challenge, tweeted from the packed court room:

Andrew M. Mwenda@AndrewMwenda Follow
The retrogressive anti homosexuality act of Uganda has been struck down by the constitutional court - it's now dead as a door nail.
6:16 AM - 01 Aug 14

In the five months since Uganda adopted the law, which imposes a sentence of up to life in prison for homosexuality and criminalizes advocating LGBT rights, LGBT Ugandans have lived under the constant threat of arrest or mob violence. The court's decision paves the way for organizations to again begin operating openly and to allow LGBT people to resume normal lives. But that change will come slowly — homosexuality remains a crime in Uganda under a provision of the penal code on the books before the Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed last December, and there is a chance of a surge in anti-LGBT violence in reaction to today's ruling.

The decision could also significantly ease international pressure on President Yoweri Museveni, who has been under pressure from the United States, the World Bank, and other important donors to get rid of the law or at least substantially weaken it through enforcement.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/ugandan-anti-homosexuality-act-struck-down-by-constitutional

Trevor Timm: CIA director John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him.


CIA director John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him
Trevor Timm

As reports emerged Thursday that an internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general found that the CIA “improperly” spied on US Senate staffers when researching the CIA’s dark history of torture, it was hard to conclude anything but the obvious: John Brennan blatantly lied to the American public. Again.

“The facts will come out,” Brennan told NBC News in March after Senator Dianne Feinstein issued a blistering condemnation of the CIA on the Senate floor, accusing his agency of hacking into the computers used by her intelligence committee’s staffers. “Let me assure you the CIA was in no way spying on (the committee) or the Senate,” he said.

After the CIA inspector general’s report completely contradicted Brennan’s statements, it now appears Brennan was forced to privately apologize to intelligence committee chairs in a “tense” meeting earlier this week. Other Senators on Thursday pushed for Brennan to publicly apologize and called for an independent investigation. Sen. Ron Wyden said it well:

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden)
July 31, 2014
.@CIA broke into Senate computer files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.

But the director of the CIA – and the architect of America’s drone program, who will be all but defending torture for the next several weeks – should do more than that. Apologies aren’t enough: John Brennan should resign.

The latest row isn’t the lone CIA-spying-on-the-Senate scandal on Brennan’s watch. In a little noticed story last week, McClatchy reported that the CIA has also been spying on emails from whistleblower officials and Congress:

The CIA got hold of the legally protected email and other unspecified communications between whistleblower officials and lawmakers this spring, people familiar with the matter told McClatchy. It’s unclear how the agency obtained the material.

That spying scandal, as well as the one Brennan has actually owned up to, both spawn from the Senate’s damning 6,000-page report on CIA torture, part of which is supposed to be publicly released any day now. The document will serve as yet another reminder that Brennan, when he worked in the CIA during the Bush years, supported many of the barbaric techniques used on prisoners after 9/11, which the Obama administration claims to oppose.


VIDEO: Death of a Photojournalist in Gaza

From Greg Mitchell:


Death of a Photo Journalist

If you can handle this, video shot in the middle of the shelling at the Gaza market--you'll see the journalist, in blue with camera, near the start. Just horrible, never seen anything quite like it, even in the past two weeks. Also dead and injured kids on the ground. Send it to your president and Congress person. Now wait for the apologists to claim this is fake.


AP Raw Footage: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Sheltering Refugees

A Palestinian health official and a UN spokesman say Israeli tank shells hit a crowded UN school sheltering refugees in Gaza, killing at least 15 and wounding 90.(July 30)

U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls to 19-year Low in Second Quarter

Source: Reuters

U.S. homeownership rate falls to 19-year low in second quarter

Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:26am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeownership in the United States hit a 19-year low in the second quarter as financially squeezed Americans opted to rent, pointing to a sluggish housing market recovery.

The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 64.8 percent, the lowest level since the second quarter of 1995, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.

The rate, which peaked at 69.4 percent in 2004, was 65.0 percent in the first three months of 2013.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0FY1GD20140729

Breaking: Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rises to Highest Since October 2007

Source: Bloomberg

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rises to Highest Since October 2007

By Nina Glinski
July 29, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

Confidence among U.S. consumers soared in July to the highest level in almost seven years on the heels of a strengthening labor market.

The Conference Board’s index rose to 90.9, the highest since October 2007, from a revised 86.4 in June, according to the New York-based private research group said today. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a reading of 85.4 for the month.

More employment opportunities, fewer firings and resilient equity markets are buoying spirits against a backdrop of geopolitical tension in Ukraine and the Middle East. Faster wage growth would help to further spur sentiment and provide the wherewithal for bigger gains in consumer spending.

“Stronger job growth helped boost consumers’ assessment of current conditions, while brighter short-term outlooks for the economy and jobs, and to a lesser extent personal income, drove the gain in expectations,” Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement. The figures “suggest the recent strengthening in growth is likely to continue into the second half of this year.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-29/consumer-confidence-index-in-u-s-increased-to-90-9-in-july.html

Tweets Coming Out Of / About Gaza Tonight: "I Feel I Am Going To Die"

Lisa Goldman @lisang · 9h
IDF is calling now for evacuation of Jabalyah Camp in Gaza. That means 110K people. Per @galberger https://twitter.com/galberger/status/493818637460180992

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 8h
I feel I am going to die

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h

Guess what @Farah_Gazan · 5h
This is in my area. I can't stop crying. I might die tonight #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel #AJAGAZA

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h
One ambulance is collecting bodies of firefighters now... not sure how many killed and injured...

Nalan Al Sarraj @NalanSarraj · 5h
The people in the UN school that was targeted are calling for help.Injures r many and nowhere or way to go! Our area is under heavy attack

Tom Gara @tomgara · 5h
The area of Gaza that Israel ordered evacuated / is bombing is 44% of the entire Gaza strip. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/as-israel-enforces-its-buffer-zone-gaza-shrinks-by-40-per-cent.html

Electronic Intifada @intifada · 4h
Israeli airstrike kills beloved star of Gaza children's TV program http://bit.ly/WK5oKP

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 4h
I have never seen intense nights as this one. children and women are paying the biggest price! #Gaza

Retweeted by Susie Madrak
Mohammed Suliman ‏@imPalestine 3h
On the radio, people cry over the phone entreating for help. People are trapped in their homes under bombs with dead and injured among them.

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
I have seen #Israeli attacks since I was 14. This night is way beyond all what I have seen. No doubt! #Gaza

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
TONIGHT is the worst ever!

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
this is scary now. realy scary... the bombs are falling on residential areas! #GAZA

Belal - Gaza @Belalmd12 · 3h
They are making sure Gaza will not be the same for a very long time.

Greg Mitchell ‏@GregMitch 3h
Amira Hass in Israeli newspaper Haaretz: Israel's "moral defeat will haunt us for years." http://bit.ly/1uzgaC6

Retweeted by Greg Mitchell
Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 2h
body of 70 year old woman arrived to Shifa hospital in pieces! #GazaUnderAttack

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 2h
"they should kill us and finish off" says a man to me. " this is not a life"

Khaled Elgindy @elgindy_ · 50m
Today's bombing campaign is the most intensive and extensive since the Israeli offensive began, according to people in Gaza.

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 7m
massive airstrike again, shaking all of me. my home, computer and windows!

OccPal-Gaza ‏@OccPalGaza 7m
Four air strikes minute ago on the civil defense fire station across the street at Gaza Seaport. Glass everywhere flying debris 424am

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 17s
its first time in my life to observe mosques unable to call for prayers. very dangerous and under bombing. only old man did it from home
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