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PBC News & Comment Monday, July 30

NY Times is starting to hint at the array of foreign fighters in Syria, as Pepe Escobar reported here last week; Romney gaffes again as he panders to extremists in Israel  

We cite CIA reports on Palestinians that make laughable Romney’s comparison of GDP’s of Israel, Palestinians

–AP report says CIA “considers Israel a spy threat”  calls Israel America’s “number on counterintelligence threat” in the region

–Inspector General reports at least 719 died trying to rebuild Iraq, as billions were squandered

–protest in Hong Kong against brainwashing plan from Beijing; protest in Tokyo against restarting nuke plants

–excerpt from our in-depth interview with author Nancy Mullane about parole politics for life prisoners in California

–Prof. Andrew Hacker says Algebra is a leading cause of high school dropouts

Sorry, no Olympic coverage here!