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Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
 

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In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.
 
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The Top Six Signs That Islamic State Is Doomed (Video)

Here are some signs that we won’t be talking about the Islamic State group in just a few years.
 
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Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

Like Sen. John McCain, presidential hopeful Donald Trump suffered torture during the Vietnam War, says Funny or Die.

 
 
 
 
VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

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The Middle Class, Too, Is Keeping Poor Kids Back, U.K. Study Finds

A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in the United Kingdom found that wealthier parents hoard the best opportunities for their own children, ensuring that smarter kids who are financially disadvantaged stay put in the socioeconomic hierarchy.

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VIDEO: You Can Watch Jose Antonio Vargas’ Documentary ‘White People’ Here

Those of you who have been looking for somewhere to watch Jose Antonio Vargas’ “White People,” look no further.

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How the Progressive Mindset Is Holding the Left Back and Placing the World in the Right’s Lap

George Lakoff, a cognitive science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argues convincingly that the left makes several grave mistakes with regard to how it frames issues and by doing so has ceded important ground to the right.

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40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

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Boy Scouts of America Ends Ban on Openly Gay Leaders

The new policy still allows church-organized local units to consider sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Scout groups.

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Obama Slams Republican Candidates’ ‘Lack of Decorum’

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, the president lashed out at Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during an official visit to Ethiopia.

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Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

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Search for Missing Students in Mexico Finds Corpses of at Least 129 Other People

None of the bodies uncovered have been linked to the Ayotzinapa students missing for the past 10 months.

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International Monetary Fund Warns of Bad Outlook for the Eurozone

The international financial organization has warned of economic trouble ahead for the eurozone as worry over Greece lingers, unemployment remains high and the banking sector struggles to shake off the residue of the financial crisis.

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WATCH: White Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at Black Lives Matter Summit in Cleveland

A transit police officer pepper-sprayed a crowd in Cleveland protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy outside a Black Lives Matter conference held against police brutality in the U.S.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

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Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

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VIDEO: Native Americans Killed by Cops at Highest Rate of Any Ethnic Group in the U.S.

“The police serve as a colonial occupying force in these [Native American] communities,” according to the family lawyer of Paul Castaway, a mentally ill citizen of the Rosebud Sioux tribe who was recently shot to death by Denver police.

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Turkey’s New ‘War on Terror’ Mainly Targets Kurds (Video)

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (Islamic State) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead.

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Gov. Walker and the Democrats’ Dance: The Shady Politics Behind the Proposed Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Rich and powerful elements connected by a web of cozy extended relationships are pushing for public subsidies for a new sports stadium. And, according to some critics, this big-money game has featured more than a few foul shots.

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VIDEO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Talks Tough About Gun Control ... in Other States

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made an appearance on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” and departed from the GOP script on gun control by recommending stricter standards in states other than his own.

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VIDEO: Obama in Kenya: ‘No Excuse’ for Violence Against Women

President Obama continued his diplomatic visit to Kenya on Sunday with a speech focusing on gender issues including sexual violence, education and the forced marriage of minors.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Covered California

A cap on the prices of prescribed medications should have been a feature of Obamacare. It wasn’t, so a California agency has stepped in to limit the amount patients in California can be charged for drugs.

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Hillary Clinton Aides’ Wall Street Ties Raise Economic Policy Doubts

The Wall Street connections of two of Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aides are forcing progressives to ask how the economic policy of a future Clinton White House would be any different from that which brought the economy to the brink in 2008.

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Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

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Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

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Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Has Doubled Since March, Poll Shows

Bad news for Hillary: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating has increased to 24 percent, according to a new Gallup Poll.

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VIDEO: How Rape Survivors Are Fighting Sexual Violence in India

Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

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Turkey Ends Two-Year Cease-Fire With Attacks on Kurdish Militant Camps in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s air force is attacking Islamic State targets in Syria and Kurdistan Worker’s Party militants in northern Iraq, according to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Approved

After 28 years of development, European regulators have given the green light to the world’s first malaria vaccine. The disease killed an estimated 584,000 people in 2013, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

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LISTEN: ‘The Look of Silence’ Helps Indonesians See the Genocide They’re Afraid to Discuss

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about the influence his films “The Act of Killing” and the just-released “The Look of Silence” have had on life in Indonesia, where the perpetrators of a 50-year-old massacre still hold power.

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