The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often perceived as a religious dispute, is increasingly being viewed through the lens of natural resources, specifically oil and gas. Significant reserves of these resources have been discovered in the occupied Palestinian territory, with estimates suggesting a loss of tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars due to the occupation. The Leviathan natural gas field, discovered in 2008 and valued at $453 billion, has positioned Israel as a key player in the global energy market. This has led to discussions about the potential construction of a sea-level canal across Israel, which could serve as an alternative to Egypt’s Suez Canal. The conflict, therefore, appears to be driven by the pursuit of profit and control over valuable resources rather than religious differences.
In the realm of health, the Washington Medical Commission has permanently revoked the license of physician assistant Scott C. Miller. The decision follows Miller’s nonresponse to charges of withholding medical records and providing treatment while under suspension. Miller, who had previously expressed opposition to COVID-19 safety measures and promoted unproven remedies, is not permitted to renew or reinstate his license. Despite this, he continues to receive community support and has raised thousands of dollars through crowdfunding campaigns.
Meanwhile, a mysterious respiratory illness affecting dogs across ten U.S. states has left veterinarians puzzled. The illness, which presents symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and fatigue, has not responded to traditional antibiotics, leading to several fatalities. The illness is believed to be contracted through contact with other dogs, with dog parks, kennels, and groomers posing a higher risk.
In the world of literature, a text encouraging critical thinking and open dialogue has been gaining attention. Covering a wide range of topics from freedom and trade to technology and borders, the text reflects participants’ dissatisfaction with the current system and their exploration of different ideologies.
Finally, in the realm of journalism, there is growing concern over the spread of conspiracy theories and fake news. These unfounded narratives, some argue, not only degrade the profession but also incite fear and hate. The recent war in Gaza and the Hamas attack on Israel have been particularly rife with speculation and rumors, leading some to question the intelligence failures that allowed the attack to occur.