A Jewish Journalist in Iran, DuPont’s Legacy & Pick Your Political Poison: Aug 12, 2015

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A Jewish Journalist’s Exclusive Look Inside Iran
The Jewish Daily Forward sent Larry Cohler-Esses to Iran after the government granted its first visa to a pro-Israel publication in nearly three decades. What he found was a nation in the midst of major changes and a great concern for the Palestinian people. He also found a surprising flexibility amongst even senior clerics regarding a two-state solution. Most importantly, he failed to find evidence of a “plot” to destroy Israel.

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Saudi Oil Strategy: Brilliant Or Suicide?
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WHAT

DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception
The Intercept exposes the long, sordid history of DuPont’s chemical coating business and the human toll it exacted on workers at the Washington Works DuPont plant in West Virginia. The chemical at the center of the deception is perfluorooctanoic acid. Also known as C8, it is the key to DuPont’s profitable string of successes like Lyrca, Tyvek and Teflon. C8 is just one of “tens of thousands of unregulated industrial chemicals” with an eight-carbon chain that gives it the unique ability to repel water. It’s also left behind a staggering legacy of cancer..

WHY

How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicate
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