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Just a mile from Gaza, a Kibbutznik cartoonist holds steadfast to his left wing beliefs

For all of his 61 years, Israeli political cartoonist Arnon Avni has lived in a kibbutz just a mile from the Gaza Strip. He's proud of his left-wing roots and remains steadfast in his liberal politics but his expectations have changed. Avni no longer speaks realistically of peace with Palestinians. His hope these days is for a reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, an agreement that they have two drastically different narratives and that both can be right.

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European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.