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Jomo Uduman: Sri Lanka Word Style (The Island)
A review of “A Book Editing Guide. Sri Lanka Word Style”, by May F. Yee, published by the Social Scientists’ Association (SSA)

Shawn W Crispin: Back to the streets in Bangkok (Asia Times)

Protesters are back on the streets of the Thai capital in significant numbers after two years of relative political calm. The popular spark is a blanket amnesty that protest groups claim is aimed at absolving criminally convicted, self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The demonstrations raise the specter of prolonged instability and the risk of a wider movement geared to topple the government.

Ian Black: Hawks squawk even before Iran nuclear deal is sealed (Guardian)

Hardliners in Tehran, hawks in Tel Aviv and Washington, nervous Saudis and their Gulf allies are all alarmed at the prospect of a nuclear deal between Iran, the US and the international community.

Harriet Sherwood: Israel killed Yasser Arafat, claims Palestinian official (Guardian)

Israel was the “first, fundamental and only suspect” in the suspicious death of Yasser Arafat, a senior Palestinian official said on Friday after receiving reports by Swiss and Russian scientists on samples taken from the exhumed corpse of the late Palestinian leader…
Arafat’s grave was opened earlier this year, enabling Swiss, Russian and French scientists to take bone and soil samples for separate investigations.
The Swiss team presented its findings on Thursday, saying it found abnormal levels of polonium-210 and lead in Arafat’s remains that could not have occurred naturally and that the results “reasonably” support the theory that Arafat was poisoned by polonium.

Stephen Lendman: Israel Murdered Arafat. Will the World Take Action? (CounterPunch)

Glenn Greenwald: The perfect epitaph for establishment journalism (Guardian)

‘If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?’, says the former editor of The Independent.

Glenn Greenwald: As Europe erupts over US spying, NSA chief says government must stop media (Guardian)

With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed.

AP: US loses Unesco voting rights after stopping funds over Palestine decision (Guardian)

American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow on Friday after the US automatically lost voting rights at Unesco after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the world’s cultural agency.
The US has not paid its dues to the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in protest over the decision by world governments to make Palestine a Unesco member in 2011. Israel suspended its dues at the same time and also lost voting rights on Friday.

Noam Chomsky: Don’t Be Distracted by One-State/Two-State ‘Debate’ on Israel – Something Much More Nefarious Is Going on (AlterNet)

Israel is systematically expanding with US support. In July 13, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin issued a dire warning to the government of Israel: either it will reach some kind of two-state settlement or there will be a “shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality — a state ‘from the sea to the river’.” The near inevitable outcome, “one state for two nations,” will pose “an immediate existential threat of the erasure of the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” soon with a Palestinian-Arab majority.

Noam Chomsky: Why the Rest of the World No Longer Wants to be Like U.S. (AlterNet)

During the latest episode of the Washington farce that has astonished a bemused world, a Chinese commentator wrote that if the United States cannot be a responsible member of the world system, perhaps the world should become “de-Americanized” — and separate itself from the rogue state that is the reigning military power but is losing credibility in other domains.

Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror (PDF, Institute on Medicine as a Profession)

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