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PBC News & Comment: Israeli Casualties Mount as Hamas Fights Back

Cost of Israel’s “defensive” attacks on Gaza rise with 25 soldiers killed, one reportedly captured; more than 500 Palestinians killed….Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

–Gaza war expands, over 500 Palestinians dead, 27 Israelis;

NY Times acknowledges that innocent Gazans cannot escape

–Israel is using flechette shells, a kind of cluster bomb that spews thousands of deadly darts

–in face of protests, NBC returns reporter Mohyeldin to Gaza

–Robert Parry offers appropriate skepticism as Kerry jumps to conclusions in Ukraine airline downing

–Ukraine rebels ship corpses to Holland and agree to give black boxes to Malaysia

–US agrees to extend talks with Iran by 4 months

–Human Rights Watch and al Jazeera both release detailed reports of FBI manipulation of domestic terror cases—but HRW excludes Boston bombing

–Tsarnaev friend is convicted of obstruction

–sentencing commission will reduce terms for about 50,000 convicted in War on Some Drugs

–Texas Gov. Perry announces he will send national guard to border; Obama to meet Friday with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

–email from listener, Mr. Andy