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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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“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Drawing inspiration from the stuff of fantasy, Microsoft has announced plans to release a new platform and “augmented reality visor” that will fill your world with videos, images and three-dimensional objects.

 
 
 
 
‘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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T-Mobile Now Offers Fancy Phones on Bad Credit, but There’s a Catch

For the first time, a carrier is selling expensive phones and tablets with zero-percent interest to customers with terrible credit.

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Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich

The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions—but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to his or her own facts.

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What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

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Greece’s Solidarity Movement: ‘A Whole New Model—and It’s Working’

There are accounts of Greeks pulling together to support themselves and each other ahead of an election that polls predict will result in a leadership firmly opposed to austerity policies imposed by the European Union.

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The Sociological and Cultural Factors Behind the Paris Attack

Anthropologist Scott Atran interviewed would-be and convicted terrorists to learn about the combination of religion, European culture and influence from terrorist organizations that drove the gunmen in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

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.

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Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE
We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

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.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE
 





 
 
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