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Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships with Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions.
 

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Citigroup Democracy

Now that the secret back room dealings are done and the latest budget bill passed Congress (of course, at the 11th hour), we can see the thumbprints of Wall Street once again.
 

How Inside Traders Are Rigging America and Contributing to the Savage Inequalities of American Life

Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.
 
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As the “Colbert Report” films its last few episodes, host Stephen Colbert comes to a startling realization: He’s going to miss Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Watch as the comedian pokes his final holes in O’Reilly’s defense of unjustifiable, immoral acts such as CIA torture.

The Massachusetts senator sure won’t let big banks get away with the kind of blatant robbery other members of Congress seem perfectly happy to allow.

 
 
 
 
Black Women’s Lives Matter: Film Reveals Little-Known Story of the Grim Sleeper

As an invigorated movement emerges against police killings of black men, a timely new documentary examines American law enforcement’s negligence in the grisly killings of black women for over two and a half decades.

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‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?

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Go West, Young Han

The new Yiwu-Madrid railway across Eurasia is the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

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Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

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‘A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Offend or Disrespect Anybody; It Shouldn’t Warrant an Apology’

Some people are a bit peeved at the fact that protests against injustices such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice are causing traffic or getting in the way of their holiday shopping. Or worse yet, seeping into professional sports.

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Study: Over Half of Americans Think CIA Torture Methods Revealed in Senate Report Are Justified

How are we ever going to learn from our mistakes when we won’t even admit they were errors at all?

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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

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Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ as U.S. Unofficially Blames North Korea

Seth Rogen’s comedy about the fictional assassination of real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will not get its day in court, or theaters, as it were.

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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

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Cuba and the U.S. Will ‘Normalize’ Relations and It’s About Damn Time

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made simultaneous announcements Wednesday about a long overdue “new chapter” beginning between the two countries.

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Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress May Be Low, but Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

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Greed Is a Paywall Blocking Human Knowledge

Journals like Science and other paid subscription sources should make their content available to the public for free.

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Microsoft Software Translates Skype Conversations in Real Time

It’s now possible to have a conversation in English and Spanish on Skype without having to hire an interpreter; the Rolling Stone writer continues to research her controversial story on UVA students; meanwhile, former Sen. Mark Udall revealed a “smoking gun” regarding the CIA torture report but no one seems to have noticed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

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Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

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Jeb Bush Is One Step Closer to Becoming President Bush III

About that retro-’90s notion that the 2016 presidential race could come down to a Bush versus a Clinton—well, it really could happen.

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How Terrorists Justify Killing 132 Children

The Pakistan Taliban took credit for a hideous attack Tuesday on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 141 people, mostly children.

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America Didn’t Just Prosecute Torturers, We Executed Them

In 1946, the judges of Nuremberg ordered that high-ranking war criminals—the people who had ordered that the gloves be taken off—should be hanged until dead.

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