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The Beheading Coalition

Sure, Islamic State is terrible and does awful things like behead people, but it's got nothing on Saudi Arabia, which beheads people as a matter of policy.
 

One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of "The Shock Doctrine," here is the introduction to Naomi Klein's new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."
 
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Ian Paisley’s Real Legacy: A Political Postmortem

Although he may have shown a softer side to those who knew him, the Northern Irish politician did more to fan the flames of sectarianism than any other figure.
 

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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.

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.”

 
 
 
 
Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

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Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization

The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

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Were Top Corporate Executives Really Hogging Workers’ Wages?

Thomas Piketty attributes rising inequality in the U.S. primarily to huge increases in the salaries of CEOs and other top executives, but he misinterprets the evidence. Rising salaries of top executives actually explain very little of the rise in inequality, and they depressed other employees’ pay by only a negligible amount.

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A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illnesses, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

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Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject U.S. Return, Threaten to Attack U.S. Forces

The pan-Arab, London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi for welcoming U.S. air support in the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Climate Action and Economies Can Grow Together

A new global commission report by major political and business figures refutes the claim that economic expansion and tackling climate change can’t both be achieved at the same time.

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The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

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A Public Bank Option for Scotland

If Scotland decides to break away from the U.K., a publicly owned bank with a mandate to serve the interests of the Scottish people could help give the newly independent country true economic sovereignty.

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House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, but Not to Pay for It

With the help primarily of Republicans, President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels won approval in the House on Wednesday.

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A Climate Week to Change Everything

The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

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Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

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Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

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For the Love of Scotland

Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.

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Don’t Worry About Salt, Sugar’s the Real Culprit in Our Obesity Epidemic

After years of telling us salt is bad for us, some health workers have changed their tune; CNN’s Fareed Zakaria doesn’t seem to have stopped plagiarizing even after he was discovered doing so; meanwhile, Israel’s nuclear weapon stock needs to be talked about. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

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Chelsea Manning: ‘Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated by Bombs and Bullets’

The WikiLeaks whistle-blower and United States Army intelligence analyst offers an alternative plan to President Obama’s approach to IS insurgents currently terrorizing the Middle East.

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Jon Stewart on Whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Will Run in 2016

The independent Vermont senator and the former secretary of state caused quite a stir during their visits to Iowa over the weekend. As some in the media put it, there’s no turning back now.

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Should U.S. Policy Toward Islamic State Be Containment?

President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech was a strange mixture of counterterrorism and warmaking.

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Family Alleges Racism Compelled Utah Police to Shoot Darrien Hunt

“They killed my son because he’s black,” Susan Hunt told a local news outlet after the shooting of her son, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, by police in Utah.

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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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