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No Justice for Cecil the Lion

Despite the international uproar over the killing of the popular Zimbabwe lion, prosecution of the American trophy hunter involved is far from a sure thing.
 

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From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school.
 
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30 Years Gone, and Oh, How We Still Love Orson Welles

Author and filmmaker F.X. Feeney delves into the life—and afterlife—of one of 20th century’s most brilliant creative forces, one who never strayed far from the political.
 
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“Four out of five dentists recommend Crest. I guess the fifth was too busy murdering lions to answer the poll,” commented the “Nightly Show” host.

After a media storm over allegedly secret meetings at the White House, Jon Stewart admits that President Obama was probably trying to influence him. It turns out Obama’s not the only president to have summoned Stewart, however.

 
 
 
 
Want to Stop Islamic State Recruitment? Look to Muslim Mothers

When recognized and empowered, Muslim mothers can play a robust role in protecting their families and communities. It’s a role enshrined in the Islamic tradition.

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Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican Convention

This exclusive excerpt from the political biography “Clint: The Life and Legend” sheds light on the star’s eccentric performance at the Republican National Convention in 2012.

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Which ‘Senior Official’ Smeared Hillary Clinton?

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a “criminal referral” regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a few important questions stand out among many that remain unanswered.

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Ebola Vaccine Proves 100 Percent Successful in Small Trial

A vaccine to fight the deadly Ebola virus has been shown to be 100 percent successful in a trial conducted in Guinea. Experts say the drug is likely to put an end to the West African epidemic.

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Can Bernie Sanders Win Minority Hearts, and Votes?

The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too.

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AUDIO: Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

The former U.S. president told the nationally syndicated radio host Thom Hartmann on Tuesday that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has led to “a compete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.”

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Hollywood Has Lost the Plot

In a rush for profits, the movie industry has succumbed to a formula of “ridiculously over-complicated plotting” and the domination of a handful of increasingly artless franchises.

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IMF Refuses to Join Greek Bailout Until Debt Relief Demands Are Met

The International Monetary Fund has said it will not participate in a new bailout for Greece until an “explicit and concrete agreement” on debt relief is reached by the country’s eurozone creditors.

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‘Good Practice’ Makes Perfect Sense for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Reducing climate-warming gases enough to prevent global temperatures from exceeding a 2°C rise is simple—if all countries do as well as the best.

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’Twas the Week Before the Republican Debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

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VIDEO: Larry Wilmore Slams Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion

“Four out of five dentists recommend Crest. I guess the fifth was too busy murdering lions to answer the poll,” commented the “Nightly Show” host.

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Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Six at Jerusalem Gay Pride March

The assailant had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing three people at a gay pride parade in 2005, according to police.

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Israel Passes Law Allowing Force-Feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strikes

Palestinians held in Israeli jails have used hunger strikes as a method of nonviolent resistance to protest the policy of detention without charge or trial.

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Germany Rejects Facebook’s Real-Name Policy

Germany has taken on the global social media site by ruling that its real-name policy violates German citizens’ right to privacy.

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Former University of Virginia Students Sue Rolling Stone Over Retracted Campus Rape Article

Three former members of a University of Virginia fraternity have sued Rolling Stone magazine for defamation and infliction of emotional distress, “saying the magazine’s discredited article on a campus gang rape had a ‘devastating effect’ on their reputations,” The New York Times reports.

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Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. Cleveland should pay attention.

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he opposes opening U.S. borders to all immigrants on the basis that it would drive down wages by increasing the number of workers competing for American jobs.

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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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WATCH: Chris Hedges: ‘Marx: The System Is the Problem’

In a lecture given at the Left Forum in New York City this spring, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges limned the historic critique made by capitalism’s “most prescient and significant” observer.

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Paradise Burning, or Why We All Need to Learn the Word ‘Anthropogenic’

When fire can eat at Washington’s Olympic National Park, a rain forest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.

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White Right-Wing Terrorists Are Biggest Threat to Americans, Study Finds

Wait until you see how many people were killed by white supremacist terrorist acts, as opposed to attacks by others.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Reveals the Truth About His Not-So-Secret Meetings With President Obama

After a media storm over allegedly secret meetings at the White House, Jon Stewart admits that President Obama was probably trying to influence him. It turns out Obama’s not the only president to have summoned Stewart, however.

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VIDEOS: Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Political Revolution’ With 100K Virtual House Partiers

Bernie Sanders spoke from a house party Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to supporters gathered in 3,500 homes and other locations around the country, in groups ranging in size from seven to about 90.

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We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

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The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

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Obama Administration Denies Snowden Petition

A petition titled “We The People,” which sought the pardon of Edward Snowden and garnered 168,000 signatures, has been denied by the Obama administration.

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Investors and Their Bankers Want Everything From Puerto Rico

Billionaire hedge fund managers have demanded that Puerto Rico lay off teachers, close schools, raise taxes, sell billions of dollars worth of public buildings and drastically cut public spending in order to repay loans and avoid financial default.

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