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No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans.
 
AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet's most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.
 
AP/Brendan Smialowski

Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio: Truthdig's editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women's movement, and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.
 

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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss congressional support for Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State. Will it simply leave the problem to the president’s successor? Also, the potential unintended consequences of Scottish independence, and the Senate takes on Citizens United.

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

 
 
 
 
U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

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L.A.’s Elite ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ Bringing Whooping Cough, Measles Back

Spurred by their shared concern that vaccinating their children will do more harm than good, parents in Los Angeles who have taken an anti-vaccination stance—“anti-vaxxers,” as those among their ranks are called—could be putting more than their own kids’ health at risk.

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Study: Turmoil in the Middle East Threatens Global Food Security

A new study shows that continued conflict in the Middle East poses extreme risks to the world’s essential food supplies. This indirect consequence of ongoing turmoil has the potential to cause mass starvation in the future.

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Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza

In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert Weighs In on Scottish Independence While Wearing the Obligatory Kilt

America’s favorite faux right-wing pundit is taking sides in Scotland’s referendum Thursday on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom. Let’s just say Queen Elizabeth II and the “Colbert Report” host may not see eye to eye on this one.

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Russell Brand Tears Apart Obama’s Reasons for Starting Another War in Iraq

In a recent episode of “The Trews” titled “Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings?” comedian Russell Brand ponders what President Obama really means when he says the U.S. is attacking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in order to protect “America’s core interests.”

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Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection and Allow Collectors to Seize a Fourth of Their Wages

Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.

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Must Muslim Americans Condemn IS? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?

During the recent war in the Gaza Strip, a controversy broke out in Turkey about whether Turkish Jews were required to condemn Israel’s actions, as some pro-Palestinian Turks suggested.

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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

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Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked—often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan.

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Urban Outfitters Pulls Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt

The trend-chasing retailer has apologized for selling a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt, but insists the red splotches that look remarkably like bloodstains were not meant to allude to the 1970 national guard shooting.

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Can Congress Be Responsible?

There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.

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Greg Palast: Scotland, Lose the EU and the Pound

Investigative reporter and economist Greg Palast sees “two overwhelming and undeniable advantages for Scotland to declare its sovereign independence: to end both Scotland’s damaging enchainment to the British pound and the debilitating tyranny of European Union membership.”

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Student Debt Catches Even the Elderly

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older are in debt from unpaid student loans, whether from money borrowed long ago or from more recent borrowing to fund degrees for family members. And some are having their Social Security payments garnished as a result.

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Why We March: Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York.

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Top 5 Contradictions in Obama’s Emerging Islamic State Strategy

In the past week, Secretary of State John Kerry has marshaled support of some sort from European nations and from countries in the Middle East for the U.S. push against Islamic State.

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Fracking Fuels Conflict Over Water Resources

Limited water supplies near the richest oil and gas reserves accessible through fracking threaten to create tensions that could block future projects using the controversial extraction process.

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John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

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Media, Politicians Should Stop Letting Islamic State Manipulate Them

Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaida could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film.

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Madonna and Manchild: Is Adulthood in America a Relic of the Past?

What does Mark Twain’s classic outsider hero Huck Finn have to do with the small army of affable manchildren that actor Seth Rogen has played in Judd Apatow films?

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