Want to Track Settlements in the West Bank? There's an App for That

Facts on the Ground is an iPhone application that lets users see all settlement construction since the Six-Day War. Transparency can only help, right?

When President Obama took the podium at the U.N. general assembly this week he asked Israel to extend the 2009 moratorium on new settlement building in the occupied West Bank. Want to see whether new settlements do go up? There's an app for that.

Facts on the Ground, made by a group called Americans for Peace Now, is an iPhone application that lets users see all settlement construction since Israel conquered the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War in 1967. The app also lets you turn on and off various geographical overlays and features links to helpful, objective information about the conflicts in the region.

This is new territory for Apple, which has been reluctant to distribute politically charged apps, and it's encouraging. No matter where you stand on the legality of the settlements, clarity about the facts can only be, er, constructive, right?

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

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