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Why the violence between Israel and the Palestinians may be entering a devastating new phase

Susan de Groot Heupner, Griffith University US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rushed to the Middle East this week to make yet another push for a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians following yet another dramatic escalation in violence between the two sides. Blinken urged peace in his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, but the prospects could hardly be dimmer. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since the beginning of this year, mostly at the hands of Israeli security forces. And last Friday,

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COVID-19 deaths in the US continue to be undercounted, research shows, despite claims of ‘overcounts’

Andrew Stokes, Boston University; Dielle Lundberg, Boston University; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, University of Minnesota, and Yea-Hung Chen, University of California, San Francisco Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, a recurring topic of debate has been whether official COVID-19 death statistics in the U.S. accurately capture the fatalities associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some politicians and a few public health practitioners have argued that COVID-19 deaths are overcounted. For instance, a January 2023 opinion piece in The Washington Post claims that COVID-19 death tallies include not only those who died from COVID-19 but those who died

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Suspect in Half Moon Bay farm mass shooting faces 7 counts of murder

The suspect in the Half Moon Bay farm mass shooting faces seven counts of murder and one of attempted murder.  Chunli Zhao, 66, was set to make his first court appearance on Wednesday but it was postponed until February 16. According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the suspect’s two attorneys did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.  Wagstaffe declined to disclose any additional details on Zhao’s motive in the killing of his current and former coworkers.  Authorities believe Zhao acted alone on Monday when he entered a mushroom farm where he worked in Half

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Drug overdoses in 3 different BART stations reversed by Narcan

Three young men overdosed in three different Bay Area Rapid Transit stations Tuesday before BART officers were able to administer Narcan, an opioid overdose-reversing treatment.  The first overdone happened around 3 p.m. A 23-year-old man lost consciousness on the platform of the Embarcadero station in San Francisco. According to officers, he regained consciousness after being given one dose of Narcan.  He also refused additional medical attention.  Less than an hour later, a 31-year-old man was believed to have overdosed in the Union City BART station. An officer administered two doses of Narcan before the man regained consciousness. He was then

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Suspect for attempted kidnapping at Berkeley campus wanted

A suspect attempted to kidnap a woman leaving the University of California Barkeley campus. According to the Berkeley Police Department, the suspect is still at large.  Shortly after 5 p.m., a woman in her 20s was walking from the UC Campus when a man came up behind her.  The woman told the police the man grabbed her by the arm and threatened to sexually assault her.  She was able to escapte the suspect’s hold and run away. She hid inside a cafe for safety, but the suspect followed her inside.  Staff inside the cafe kept the suspect away from the

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Combating antisemitism today: Holocaust education in the era of Twitter and TikTok

Alan Marcus, University of Connecticut In the era of social media, antisemitism and Holocaust denial are no longer hidden in the margins, spewed by fringe hate groups. From Ye – formerly known as Kanye West – and NBA player Kyrie Irving to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, well-recognized personalities have echoed antisemitic ideas, often online. Beyond high-profile figures, there are clear signs that antisemitism is becoming more mainstream. In 2021, using the most recent data available, the Anti-Defamation League reported that antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reached an all-time high. Eighty-five percent of Americans believe at

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Typical mass shooters are in their 20s and 30s – suspects in California’s latest killings are far from that average

Jillian Peterson, Hamline University and James Densley, Metropolitan State University The two men who shot dead 18 people in separate incidents just days apart in California are the latest perpetrators in America’s long history of mass gun violence. But something about these public shootings, and the men held responsible, stands out. The median age of mass shooters in the United States is 32. Yet the man who is alleged to have shot dead 11 people in Monterey Park on Jan. 21, 2023, before turning the gun on himself was 72 years old – the oldest mass shooter in modern American

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