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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno.
 

Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn

The Irish reporter has written the definitive primer on the Middle East's most ferocious and ambitious new pretenders to power: the Islamic State.
 

The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn't explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, above) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.
 

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The “Colbert Report” host talks about the latest threat in the Middle East, the Islamic State, as well as Fox News’ weirdly imaginative (or rather delusional) responses to ISIS, all of which are so detached from reality that the comedian decides it’s time to invoke ghosts to explain current events in terms that right-wing pundits can truly get their heads around.

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

 
 
 
 
Back to College, the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, assuming that a liberal arts degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn’t be.

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Iraq: Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point?

The Iraqi military is maintaining that it has successfully relieved the town of Amerli (pop. 15,000) in northern Iraq from a siege by ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

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U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit.

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Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

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All NFL Teams Pass on Michael Sam

The openly gay NFL hopeful and recipient of this site’s Truthdigger of the Week distinction was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

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Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

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The New York Times Speaks in Defense of Labor

On the eve of Labor Day, the editors of The New York Times called for a federal “full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy.”

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Council on Foreign Relations: It’s Time to Rain Money on Main Street

The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs features an article titled “Print Less But Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly To The People.” It’s the sort of thing normally heard only from money reformers and Social Credit enthusiasts far from the mainstream. What’s going on?

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Satellite Mapping Shows Ice Caps’ Faster Melt Rate

Scientists have been able to measure more accurately than ever the thickness of the world’s major ice caps—revealing that melting is causing the loss of 500 cubic kilometers of ice annually.

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Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaida Captures Golan Checkpoint, U.N. Peacekeepers

Israel now has a border with al-Qaida!

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A Market Basket of Dignity

Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO?

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Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore

As we burn dead meat and play frisbee in a warming climate, we could stop to consider the lives of the laborers we are theoretically honoring.

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Inappropriate Government Watchlisting Threatens Innocent Lives

“A single, uncorroborated source of information—including a Facebook or Twitter post”—is enough to put innocent foreigners and Americans on a watchlist of “known” and “suspected” terrorists shared with foreign and domestic agencies as well as private contractors, ACLU legislative counsel Arjun Sethi writes at The Guardian on Saturday.

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Over 1,000 Protest in Ferguson, Call for Highway Shutdown Monday

Well over 1,000 people peacefully marched through Ferguson on Saturday, some going door to door in prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s neighborhood to demand he be removed or recuse himself. There are calls for shutting down highways on Labor Day.

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Israeli Education to Help Pay for Summer War on Hamas in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration’s 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation’s education budget.

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Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Warmer temperatures and globalization are helping many pests that attack some of the world’s staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.

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Social Networks Diminish Personal Well-Being, Researchers Say

Two researchers set out to determine “whether the use of online networks reduces subjective well-being and if so, how,” the MIT Technology Review reports.

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Barrett Brown Guilty Plea Could Chill Reporting

The hacktivist journalist pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from his reporting on a high-profile hack by the group Anonymous and his long-standing conflict with the FBI.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

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Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

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