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November 27, 2015
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First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Why do we like to eat what we eat? This book explores food and the malleability of taste, memory, family and marketing, asking us to pause and re-examine what we think we know.


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Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Seek Haven

As we celebrate our beginnings in the safest, strongest, richest nation the world has ever known, is it asking too much to welcome those who are fleeing death, torture and terror in their homeland?
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To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.
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In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

More protests are expected Wednesday after the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

The GOP’s Self-Inflicted Wound

As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

Islamic State Recruitment Thrives in Brutal U.S.-Backed Egyptian Prisons

A 26-year old dual U.S. and Egyptian citizen who endured “torture, deprivation and cruelty while locked in the prisons” of Egypt’s military dictatorship says the regime is effectively acting as a “recruiting agent” for militant extremist groups like Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia Plans to Behead More Than 50 People in a Single Day

Already this year, the desert kingdom has carried out at least 151 beheadings, but these would be the first that deal with allegations of terrorism.

VIDEO: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: The Cameras Are New—Not the Violence

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.



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Chief Coca-Cola Scientist Steps Down Amid Controversy Over Obesity Research

Coca-Cola’s chief scientist and health officer has left the company after helping set up a nonprofit research group tasked with downplaying the role of sugary drinks in the obesity epidemic.

U.N. Counts the Human Cost of Climate Change

A new study informs delegates to the Paris climate change summit, COP21, that extreme weather in the last two decades has claimed well over half a million lives and cost trillions of dollars.

If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests

“We must not suspend democracy and freedom while proclaiming our commitment to democracy and freedom,” declares a letter sent to French President François Hollande.

The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming

Whether you’re hooked on making your own pumpkin coffee with a blob of the canned stuff or just want to avoid a last-minute scramble before baking a holiday pie or two, you’d better stock up now.

The NYT Praises Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan: ‘Reality-Based, Moderate, Practical and Hopeful’

Sanders’ immigration plan “starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited,” the editors of The New York Times declare.

Martin Shkreli Abandons Promise to Lower HIV Drug Price He Gouged

The disreputable pharmaceutical boss has reneged on an agreement to lower the price of a medication he raised from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Imagination Warfare: Targeting Youths on the Streets of Paris

Recognizing that the terrorist attacks of both 9/11 and Paris this month were committed by young men provides insight for addressing the conditions that made them possible.

A Perfect Storm Is Headed for Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the U.N. summit in Paris.

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” the pontiff said at the start of his first visit to Africa.

30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

Doctors Without Borders Calls U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing ‘Shocking’

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that “human error” was a factor in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 30 civilians and left 37 wounded. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, which had previously called the attack a probable war crime, said the report was “shocking” and left “more questions than answers.”

Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials and pundits have argued that government agencies should have a “back door” to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.

Pfizer Merger Illustrates Need to Outlaw Tax Havens

The American drug giant has merged with the Dublin-based Allergan not “because some wizard potion has been discovered in the hills of Connemara” but “to dodge tax.”

The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values

Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Does a ‘Koch Intelligence Agency’ Secretly Keep Tabs on Liberals?

An investigation by Politico suggests that the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers possess their own high-tech surveillance and intelligence-gathering operation devoted to “stealthily tracking liberal and Democratic groups.”

Home, Sweet Kleptocracy: Kabul in America

Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law. What country is this?

Trees Face Global Extinction Threat

Field scientists warn that damage being done to the Amazon rain forest indicates that most of the world’s 40,000 tropical tree species now qualify as being at risk.

AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.