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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

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