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A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?
 

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10 Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

I was a junior in high school on April 22, 1970, on the first Earth Day, when environmentalism meant something different than it does now.
 
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Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

Former New York Times journalist Judith Miller is back in the news, doing what all self-respecting members and corollary players from the Bush era have done, knowing what they know now. That’s right—she’s on a nationwide book tour.

 
 
 
 
Comcast Merger With Time Warner Is Scrapped

The takeover’s collapse comes shortly after outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave regulators his approval to challenge the merger, which they had feared would harm competition and consumers alike.

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Cities and States Pay Massive Secret Fees to Wall Street

Less than half of the private equity costs incurred by U.S. pension funds are currently being disclosed, a report says.

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An 80-Proof Solution to Multiple Sclerosis?

Sufferers of multiple sclerosis who consumed hard liquor experienced a degree of relief from disability, researchers report.

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Bill Intended to Rein In NSA Spying Retains Significant Powers

Modifications to the USA Freedom Act made on behalf of the National Security Agency permit officials to warrantlessly monitor foreign targets in the U.S. and track certain domestic individuals.

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Anti-Sovereignty Trans-Pacific Partnership Passes House Committee

An agreement that would free companies engaged in international trade from rules intended to protect labor, environmental and other interests cleared a key committee in the U.S. Congress.

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Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

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Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

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Journalist for The Intercept Is Kicked Out of Counterterrorism Conference

“We’re not banning you, we’re just not allowing you access,” a security officer told reporter Ryan Gallagher when he showed up at one of the world’s largest annual counterterrorism events.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills American Hostage of al-Qaida

President Obama expressed “profound regret” over the deaths of two hostages—an American and an Italian—in a drone strike on al-Qaida in January before praising what he described as his administration’s exceptionally transparent response to the tragedy.

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Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Toast ‘Last F**ckable Day’ on ‘Inside Amy Schumer’

Sketch skewers the ageist double standard women face in Hollywood.

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How One Woman’s Bogus Tale of Her Battle With Nonexistent Brain Cancer Fooled the Media

This is the story of how one enterprising 23-year-old from Australia with the headline-friendly name of Belle Gibson made a bald and pathological play for health-conscious consumers’ lunch money by peddling a false cancer fable—and a handy app to go with it.

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If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

When I stumbled into the future in all its grim horror, I felt an urge that seemed uncomplicated: not to hand your mother and uncle a degraded country, planet, new century without lifting a finger in opposition, without at least trying. I felt the need to mobilize myself in a new way for the future I’d seen.

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Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability

A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence and subject to a range of disciplinary pressures designed to cripple their ability to be imaginative.

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Call for an End to Business as Usual on Climate and Human Problems

A U.N. special envoy urges a unified approach to global action on tackling the interlinked issues of climate change, sustainable development and human rights.

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Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

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Washington State Hit With Brutal Drought

Authorities in the state that produces nearly 70 percent of U.S. apples for fresh consumption and loads of other foodstuffs have declared “drought emergencies” in 24 of its 62 watersheds—or 44 percent of the state’s area.

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Major Study Finds No Link Between Feared Vaccine and Autism

A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children.

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Airstrikes Continue After Saudi Arabia Ends Bombing in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen was called into doubt when a new airstrike hit the southern city of Aden just hours after the announcement. Another airstrike occurred in Taiz.

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Greek Finance Minister Says Austerity Is Bad Medicine

Greece’s new left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza Party raises concerns over international creditors’ demands to restructure the country’s labor market and curtail its pension system in exchange for a new package of bailout funds scheduled for release Friday. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks with “Democracy Now!”

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