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Truthdigger of the Week: Apple CEO Tim Cook

Tim Cook's statement that he is gay, and considers the fact a gift, is an important event in a line that leads back to Harvey Milk.
 

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women's issues are men's issues, and "FOIA terrorist" Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden's finances.
 

‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange's new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.
 
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In this video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” we get to bear witness to what it’s like for a young woman to get from A to B, and why sometimes a compliment feels like harassment.

The Texas gubernatorial hopeful, who rose to fame after her nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Senate of the Lone Star State, stopped by “The Daily Show” to share her views on conservatism in Texas and her ideas on the lopsidedness of voter ID laws.

 
 
 
 
Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness

If Tim Cook and I ever had a political conversation—unlikely— we might well begin from some shared premises, but would certainly reach different conclusions.

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U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons

In a move no doubt intended to discourage Russian involvement in Ukraine, the U.S. government announced plans to give the Ukrainian military training, technology and weapons.

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What Would Republicans Do?

Republicans still refuse to articulate any vision for governing.

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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

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Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

As America’s biggest political target—a status she is likely to enjoy for the foreseeable future—Hillary Clinton takes incoming fire of every caliber from all directions.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tim Cook, Midterms, and Fast-Food Wages in Denmark

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists agree that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s (at right) announcement that he’s gay is historic. Meanwhile, the “war on women” isn’t playing in the midterm elections and fast food workers in Denmark are making about $20 per hour.

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Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

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The Thirteenth Turn

“The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose” explores the little known history and symbolism of the noose and the role it played in crime, punishment and race in American society.

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Studs Terkel on Death and Forgiveness in America

I’ve chosen two interviews from Terkel’s oral history of death which stayed with me these last 13 years. The first focuses on an impulse that may be among the hardest to understand and yet most moving to encounter, forgiveness; and the second centers on a subject that, unfortunately, is still all too timely: the trauma deaths of young Americans from gunshot wounds.

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Arctic Melting Sends Winter Warning to Europe and Asia

Patterns of winds and pressure systems traced by researchers to the decline in Arctic sea ice can transport cold air further south and create harsher winters in Eurasia.

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‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

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A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism

U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans.

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

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There Are Twice as Many Billionaires Now Than Before the Financial Crisis

UNICEF reports that child poverty has increased in over 20 countries since the global recession, while a new Oxfam study shows that billionaires have increased their combined wealth by over 120 percent. How can we continue to ignore this appalling inequality?

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Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell Brand

The author of “This Changes Everything” stops by the “Trews” set to talk to Russell Brand about how the “brutal, dominance-based capitalist system” in place in the West is screwing us all.

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Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank Under Boycott Pressure (Video)

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

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This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas

Eric Kennie, 45, has never left his hometown of Austin, Texas, and he was raised to do “the right thing” and vote. But Texas won’t let him. Spoiler alert: He’s black.

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Moderate Thunder Out of Brownbackistan

If Republicans do as well nationwide next Tuesday as many expect, they should pay attention to what’s happening in Kansas.

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Global Hydropower Boom Threatens Rivers Worldwide

Scientists predict a doubling in production of renewable energy from hydropower over the next 20 years, but building new dams will have a damaging effect on some of the world’s major rivers.

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