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August 25, 2016
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Are Political Cartoonists Becoming An Endangered Species?

The Truthdig team sat down with a special guest: acclaimed political cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish).
 

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.
 
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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.
 
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More than 1,000 Native American activists have traveled to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now the fight continues in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

 
 
 
 
Live Blog: Minority-Led ‘Fed Up’ Coalition to Challenge Federal Reserve Officials Face to Face

Eight Fed presidents and governors will answer tough policy questions from black and Latino working-class people Thursday evening. Truthdig will follow along here. (Pictured, green-shirted members of the Fed Up campaign and others at the event.)

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How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Desert Fruits ‘Dethorned, Dethroned,’ Can Be ‘Delectably Edible’

The fifth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells readers they can survive up to three weeks without eating in the desert, but that certain fruits can safely fill one’s belly during the dangerous journey across the U.S.- Mexico border.

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Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?

While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

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Is Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

A spokesman for the Kurdish army said that attacks by the Turkish military constitute a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

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A Spike in Maternal Mortality Rates in Texas Spurs Soul-Searching

Two new reports show that pregnancy-related deaths and severe obstetrical complications rose as the state slashed funding for family planning, but researchers and state officials say more information is needed to understand the trend.

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Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

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Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

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Secret Cameras Are Recording Baltimore’s Every Move—From the Sky

Since the start of 2016, the Baltimore Police Department has been using a privately funded and operated surveillance company to investigate crimes via a camera-equipped airplane—without informing the public.

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Foundation Donors Made Up More Than Half of Clinton’s Non-Government Guests at State Department

An investigation by The Associated Press confirms that, if elected president, Hillary Clinton would be wide open to ethics challenges relating to donations her family’s charitable foundation accepted while she was secretary of state.

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No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall—Its Logic Is Already Being Practiced

A draconian Border Patrol program may not be Trump’s promised structure, but it embodies the logic of his “wall”: Either you crossed illegally or you didn’t. And it is just one of many tough U.S. programs developed in recent decades.

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In a Major Ruling, Grad Students Win the Right to Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board announced that a previous ruling—that graduate workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they are students—was flawed.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Eat or Drink From Cactuses Only if You’ll Otherwise Die of Thirst

The fourth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” gives readers pointers on which cactuses to eat and how, warning that many can be harmful.

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Rio Fails to Deliver on ‘Green Olympics’ Pledges

The promise to improve favela conditions, for example, was simply abandoned. Instead, many communities were forcibly removed to make way for Olympic projects.

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Police Officers in One U.K. County Are Now Treating Misogyny and Street Harassment as Hate Crimes

The police force in England’s Nottinghamshire County came to the decision after meeting with women’s rights activists.

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Bernie Sanders’ Next Revolution: a New National Group to Promote Progressives

The Vermont senator returns to the political stage to take up a difficult challenge: keeping alive the national grass-roots momentum that led millions to support him in the presidential nominating contests.

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Drug and Device Makers Are Paying Thousands of Doctors Who Have Been Disciplined for Misconduct

Physicians whose state boards have sanctioned them for harming patients, unnecessarily prescribing addictive drugs, bilking federal insurance programs and even sexual misconduct continue to cash in for consulting, promoting products and more.

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Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

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Donald Trump Makes a 360-Degree ‘Pivot’ to Prove He’s No Flip-Flopper

The Republican presidential nominee is not going to change. No matter how many times he reshuffles his campaign, he is who he is. It’s delusional to pretend otherwise.

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Venturing Into ‘the Capitalist Labyrinth’  (Video)

In this week’s edition of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and author Rob Urie explore how our economic system is responsible for nuclear weaponry, climate change and imperialism.

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