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October 8, 2015
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Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.


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VIDEO: Gun Logic

Now that the United States is nearing the point of one mass shooting incident per day and there are enough firearms to give every single person in the country a gun, let’s look a little deeper into the gun lobby’s bumper-sticker solutions. Better yet, let’s apply NRA-style solutions to everything!

Flush With Cash, Right-Wing Extremists Train the Future Zealots of Pro-Israel Campus Activism

For right-wing extremists, McCarthyist tactics meet Internet technology on our nation's college campuses.
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Activist Naomi Klein talks with “Democracy Now!” about the Leap Manifesto, a plan to transition away from fossil fuels to a 100 percent clean economy by the middle of the century.

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Israel Bars Ministers From Holy Site Amid Spate of Attacks

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days have raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

Return to Direct Rule From London a Possibility for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland could again be ruled directly from London if the country’s governing parties fail to agree on a plan to resolve deep disagreements over paramilitarism and welfare reform.

Risk of Global Financial Crash Has Increased, IMF Warns

The International Monetary Fund says a slowdown of the Chinese economy and a decline in world trade are undermining the stability of highly indebted emerging economies.

Climate Change Raises Danger of Urban Heat Islands

Scientists warn that densely packed cities face greater health hazards as greenhouse gases push up temperatures.



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VIDEO: Trevor Noah on Ben Carson’s Genius Plans to Deal With Mass Shootings

After the recent shooting in Oregon, the Republican presidential candidate suggested some interesting ways we could tackle mass shootings in the U.S. And by interesting, we mean insensitive and insane, of course.

What Is Russia’s Strategy in Syria and Why Does Egypt Approve?

Over the past week and a half, its strategy is becoming more apparent.

VIDEO: No, Donald Trump, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be More Stable Under Saddam and Other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still around or Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria.

Let’s Focus on the Gun-Makers

Governments at all levels account for roughly 40 percent of gun industry revenue. The federal government alone accounts for about 25 percent. Taxpayers have a right to demand responsibility from an industry that gets so much of our money.

The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

VIDEO: Why Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

America’s student loan debt is now over $1.2 trillion. But it’s not just hurting millennials. One-third of that debt belongs to people in their 40s.

Large U.S. Firms Hold $2.1 Trillion Overseas to Dodge Taxes

The 500 largest U.S. companies would owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes were it not for the more than $2.1 trillion in offshore cash that most of the firms hold in foreign tax havens, according to a study released this week.

Harvard’s Prestigious Debate Team Loses to New York Inmates

Prisoners on the debate team of New York’s maximum security Eastern Correctional Facility beat the Ivy Leaguers just months after Harvard took a national title.

Parenting on the Brink: Wrestling With Fears Too Big to Name

To have a child is to plant a flag in the future—and that is no small responsibility.

U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

Valeant Pharmaceutics Raised Prices on Needed Drugs, Then Its Stock Took a Hit

Some are bound to chalk this news up to the magical equalizing powers of capitalism’s famous “invisible hand,” while others might point to the democratizing sting of actual journalism as the more potent force in this mix.

Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

VIDEO: U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Says Kunduz Hospital Was ‘Mistakenly Struck’

This just in from Capitol Hill: Gen. John Campbell, America’s head military honcho in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that a Doctors Without Borders-affiliated hospital in Kunduz was “mistakenly struck” in Saturday’s air attack.

Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

Facing Islamic State Propaganda, Russia Denies Its Campaign in Syria Is a ‘Holy War’ (Video)

Remember when George W. Bush lapsed and called his Iraq War a “crusade”? He had to back off that religious rhetoric really quickly because he needed Muslim allies.

The Prominence and Plight of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Girls, many of whom have suffered a range of traumas at home, make up a growing share of children arrested and detained across the country.

Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.