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A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

You either let this innovative novel, written in an impressionistic style reflecting a fragmented and damaged psyche, teach you how to read it, or you suffer through what could feel like a migraine in print.
 

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Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras' lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.
 
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Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible.
 
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One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of early-onset diabetes. A major culprit is Big Soda.

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

 
 
 
 
NY Man Free After Arrest for Busking

An NYPD officer forcefully arrested a man for playing music in a subway station after reading aloud the law that appears to allow the musician to perform.

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Universities Trash Football In Waste Reduction League

Shouts of “what a load of rubbish” are heard at hundreds of football matches around England every weekend—but researchers say fans should direct them at overflowing waste bins rather than at players and referees.

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Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Fear in Canada and Ebola in New York

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the shooting on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Doctors Without Borders physician with Ebola in New York City, and whether Republicans will win all six competitive seats in the Senate.

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Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

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Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless.

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Is Egypt Going the Way of Syria?

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for 3 months in parts of the province of North Sinai after two attacks by Muslim radical groups in that province left 30 Egyptian soldiers dead.

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A Case Study in the Perverse Incentives Tobacco Bonds Create

A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure. That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

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The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

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A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point.

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President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War

The adventure against the Islamic State increasingly resembles the sort of conflict Barack Obama launched his career opposing.

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Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

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Witnesses Say High School Freshmen Opened Fire on Classmates

Another day, another deadly shooting in America. This time, it was at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle. Two students are dead, including the alleged shooter, and four more are wounded.

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Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model ‘Same as the NSA’s’

In a conversation with “Imaginary Lines” host Chris Spannos, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange discussed his new book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which is based on a conversation Assange had with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

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The Importance of Being Exceptional

Why is it immoral for a person to treat himself as an exception? The reason is plain: because morality, by definition, means a standard of right and wrong that applies to all persons without exception. Yet to answer so briefly may be to oversimplify.

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Oil Boom Prompts U.S. to Push for Crude Exports

America’s expanding oil production threatens the pristine Pacific Northwest region of the country with a rash of new oil terminals along the coast.

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Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

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Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

There are potential positives and negatives in this equation.

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Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth

Huddled around a table, surrounded by a group of teenagers who volunteer every evening, Sohail Rahi and Nadeem Baig explain the birth, vision and achievement of the Lyari Youth Cafe in Karachi.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE
 





 
 
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