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Killing Ragheads for Jesus

The movie “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society -- including the belief that Christians are called upon to exterminate “lesser breeds.”
 

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Truthdigger of the Week: Barrett Brown

Since his arrest in 2012, Brown has come to be seen as one of those subjected to predatory treatment as the U.S. government persecutes journalists who use underground tactics to expose wrongdoing.
 
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Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.
 
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Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

 
 
 
 
Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

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Why Did Wikipedia Get Rid of a Bunch of Feminist Editors?

Something bizarre happened on Wikipedia after what’s known as “Gamergate” took place; the Jewish journalist who broke the story of Alberto Nisman’s death in Argentina was forced to flee the country; meanwhile, a man in California reveals a hilarious new danger of walking while texting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Did 80 People Get Half of the World’s Wealth?

Oxfam reports that just 80 people possess the same quantity of wealth as 3.5 billion others. On RT’s Crosstalk, economist Michael Hudson discusses how this happened with Oxfam official Max Lawson and Richard Wellings at London’s Institute for Economic Affairs.

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Greeks Respond to Syriza’s Election Victory

Voters across Athens, from Golden Dawn diehards to pragmatic communists, shared their thoughts and feelings as Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party swept to victory in Sunday’s elections.

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Climate Pushes Doomsday Clock Close to Midnight

Scientists warn that the deadly combination of unchecked climate change and nuclear weapons endangers everyone on Earth unless urgent action is taken.

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Yemen Civil War? Masses Rally in Capital as the South Secedes

From 1967 to 1990, and again briefly in 1994, South Yemen was an independent country. Today, South Yemen is again an independent state.

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Gaza in Arizona

In October 2012, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces explained his country’s border policing strategies at a border technology conference in El Paso, Texas. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.”

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Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn the Saudi King Who Derailed Revolution

In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned.

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‘We Are Going to Destroy the Greek Oligarchy System’

Yanis Varoufakis, tipped to become finance minister of what may become Greece’s leading party, describes what Syriza will do if it takes power.

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Greece’s Ascendant Syriza Party: Blatant Anti-Capitalists or Mere Social Democrats?

A member of the Greek left’s “best chance at success in a generation” clarifies the party’s view on whether the country’s political economy should be reformed or completely overhauled.

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Searching for Radical Democracy in the Ruins of Capitalism

In this interview, Henry Giroux condemns neoliberalism’s attack on the critical imagination and argues for a radical democracy that empowers all people to shape the values, policies and practices that shape their lives.

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Social Conscience Is Key to Cutting Household Energy

Researchers in Los Angeles find that advertising the prospect of saving money is not the most powerful way to persuade people to reduce the electricity they use.

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Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have

Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tumult in the Arab Peninsula, SOTU, N.Y. Corruption

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists ask how will Saudi Arabia’s new king manage the challenges of the region after Abdullah’s death? New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is indicted on corruption charges. Also, the European Central Bank announced an aggressive bond-buying program.

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No Prospect of Relief From Constant Nuclear Headache

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.

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How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

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Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

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U.S. Freezes Drone Strikes in Yemen as That Nation’s Government Falls

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, but Not in Time to Save 3 Lives

The high court agreed Friday to hear a case testing the humaneness of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

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