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‘Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind,’ - Bertrand Russell

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UN chief paid tribute to the 188 staff who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.

Amongst those were 135 men and women who worked for in – the highest number of UN staff ever killed in a single conflict or natural disaster.

Some were killed with their families by bombardment of their homes; others were at work, both in offices and shelters.

https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/videos/unrwa-staff-killed-gaza

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Palestinian civilians on a street as Israeli air strikes hit Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday [Bashar Taleb/AFP]

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The Cooperative Neuron: Cellular Foundations of Mental Life by William Phillips, 2023

The Cooperative Neuron is part of a revolution that is occurring in the sciences of brain and mind. It explores the new field of cellular psychology, a field built upon the recent discovery that many neurons in the brain cooperate to seek agreement in deciding what's relevant in the current context.

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To Run the World: The Kremlin's Cold War Bid for Global Power by Sergey Radchenko, 2024

In this panoramic new history of the conflict that defined the postwar era, Sergey Radchenko provides an unprecedented deep dive into the psychology of the Kremlin's decision-making. He reveals how the Soviet struggle with the US and China reflected its irreconcilable ambitions as a self-proclaimed superpower and the leader of global revolution.

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The Death of Truth: How Social Media and the Internet Gave Snake Oil Salesmen and Demagogues the Weapons They Needed to Destroy Trust and Polarize the World--And What We Can Do by Steven Brill, 2024

How did we become a world where facts—shared truths—have lost their power to hold us together as a community, as a country, globally?

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The AI Mirror: How to Reclaim Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking by Shannon Vallor, 2024

For many, technology offers hope for the future―that promise of shared human flourishing and liberation that always seems to elude our species. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies spark this hope in a particular way. They promise a future in which human limits and frailties are finally overcome―not by us, but by our machines.

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Palestinians watch smoke billowing following an Israeli air strike in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza Strip on Thursday [Bashar Taleb/AFP]

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Latest casualty figures

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Bread & bullets

A woman with a rifle shops in a bakery in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 4, 2024. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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An Israeli soldier celebrates after returning from the Gaza Strip near the Israel-Gaza border, in Israel. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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An asylum-seeking migrant from China rests on a rock while waiting to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. in Jacumba Hot Springs, California, U.S. June 4, 2024. REUTERS/Go Nakamura/ File Photo

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Wounded children injured in an Israeli strike on a UNRWA school shelter look on at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza Strip, June 6, 2024. REUTERS/Doaa Rouqa

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Palestinians look at the aftermath of the Israeli attack on a UN-run school that killed dozens of people in the Nuseirat refugee camp [Ismael Abu Dayyah/AP]

Imad al-Maqadmeh, a wounded Palestinian boy, says his father was killed in the Israeli attack on the UN-run school.

“What did we do? There are no armed people in the school. There are children playing. We play together … Why did they bomb us?” he said, his face bruised and bleeding.

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Fourteen children, nine women among Nuseirat attack victims

Out of the 40 people confirmed killed in the attack on a UN-run school there, 14 were children and nine were women.

Out of 74 wounded in the attack, 23 are children and 18 are women.

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Since 7 October, has documented 464 attacks on health care in the Strip.

Attacks have resulted in 727 fatalities, 933 injuries, affected 101 health facilities and 113 ambulances.

Two-fifths (37%) of attacks were in Gaza City, nearly a quarter (23%) in north Gaza, and over a quarter (28%) in Khan Younis.

— WHO in occupied Palestinian territory () June 6, 2024

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Lost Love Letters An Indie Chicks Anthology Compiled by Cheryl Shireman, 2014

Love letter - what phrase conjures up more intense feelings than that simple phrase? Most of us have received a love letter. Many of us have written a love letter. Some of those letters were tucked away in the bottom of a drawer. Others were ripped to shreds or destroyed in symbolic flames. Whatever their fate, the one characteristic all love letters share is their raw and intense honesty.

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The Catalyst: RNA and the Quest to Unlock Life’s Deepest Secrets by Thomas R. Cech, 2024

How did life begin? What makes us human? Why do we get sick and grow old? In The Catalyst, Cech finally brings together years of research to demonstrate that RNA is the true key to understanding life on Earth, from its very origins to our future in the twenty-first century.

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The Reign of Botnets Defending Against Abuses, Bots and Fraud on the Internet by David Sénécal, 2024

A top-to-bottom discussion of website bot attacks and how to defend against them.

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Inventing the Alphabet: The Origins of Letters from Antiquity to the Present by Johanna Drucker, 2022

The first comprehensive intellectual history of alphabet studies. Inventing the Alphabet provides the first account of two-and-a-half millennia of scholarship on the alphabet.

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appassionato, to palestine
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"The enormity of the degree of inhumanity, immorality & vicious drive for death & destruction displayed by the Israeli occupation cannot be encompassed by words or even real images. The human mind, like the human conscience, is in despair.
The ramifications will be felt for a long time."

— Hanan Ashrawi, June 5, 2024

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UNRWA ran 183 schools in Gaza before Israel’s war on the territory. Those schools were converted into shelters after the start of the war in October, with approximately one million people seeking refuge in school buildings in the early months of the war.

An estimated 455 internally displaced people have been killed while sheltering at UNRWA facilities in Gaza since October.

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A tree leans at an eroded riverbank on the southern part of Ghoramara Island in the Sundarbans, West Bengal, India, May 18, 2024. Situated 150 kilometres (around 94 miles) south of Kolkata, media has dubbed Ghoramara the 'sinking island'. It has lost nearly half of its area to soil erosion in the last two decades and could completely disappear within a few more decades.

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A saguaro cactus is seen during a 27-day-long heat wave with temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, July 26, 2023. A Flir One ProThermal camera registered a surface temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius), with an air temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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