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September 25, 2016
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Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.
 

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Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump's success is not an accident. It's the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of "The Making of Donald Trump" explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.
 
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Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.
 
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The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

 
 
 
 
U.N. Experts to United States: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Now

Standing Rock Sioux were “denied access to information and excluded from consultations,” a United Nations special rapporteur charges.

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The Corporate Media Needs to Play Hardball in the First Debate

Will the press ever learn? By the time the media figures out that its addiction to “BREAKING NEWS” is a standing invitation to be punked, the guy who’s gaming the press may be sitting in the Oval Office.

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Questions Remain as Police Release Videos of Fatal Shooting in Charlotte, N.C.

Release of dashcam and body-cam footage follows days of protests and demands for videos to be made public.

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In a Sweeping Victory, Jeremy Corbyn Is Re-Elected as U.K. Labour Party Leader

After a summer saga that’s been dubbed the “chicken coup,” in which a group of Labour Party politicians tried to depose their leader, Corbyn has emerged triumphant from another election—this time with a larger majority.

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The Last Time Summer Was This Hot, Human Beings Hadn’t Yet Left Africa (Video)

Climate scientist Michael Mann says there is “tentative but compelling evidence” that it was hotter this summer than it has been at any point in 100,000 years.

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Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?

One-third of voters took advantage of early-voting options in 2012. But does so-called “convenience voting” increase turnout overall and minority turnout in particular?

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The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

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Photo of the Week: The Police Killing of Keith Scott

“He better not be fucking dead!” shouts Rakeyia Scott, standing a short distance away from where police officers surround her dying husband.

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All We Want Is Dignity, Respect and a Job

The presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter to millions of working-class Americans, including students at Los Angeles Trade Tech. The community college centered on vocational education is a place of second chances and has no time for empty campaign rhetoric.

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Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

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War, Peace and Absurdity

Nukes, bombs and a well-oiled machinery of privatized war—here are a few recent examples from the world of American-style war and peace that make me want to shout, “You must be kidding!”

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Pollution Is Turning Rivers Into Sources of Disease and Death

Human destruction of wilderness areas has added to the pollution that puts millions of people on three continents at risk of waterborne diseases.

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‘The Lovers and the Despot’ Film Review: The Curious Case of Kim Jong Il’s Stolen Filmmakers

Not even North Korea’s late supreme leader was immune to Hollywood’s charms. (Pictured, Choi Eun Hee, left, and Shin Sang Ok.)

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Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis

Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.

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From the Civil War to Today: Centuries of Institutional Racism, Explained in Less Than 20 Minutes

In a new video, actor Romany Malco describes the covert black history of the U.S. and the economic factors behind the prison-industrial complex.

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Shaun King Calls for Nationwide Economic Boycott to Protest Racial Inequality

The prominent activist and journalist cites the Montgomery bus boycott as an example the nation needs to follow.

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In Some Cases of Elder Abuse, Banks Facilitated Financial Exploitation

Legal guardians appointed for the elderly don’t always have their wards’ interests in mind and are able to steal thousands with the support of judicial and economic systems. 

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Last Call for Vin Scully, the King of Los Angeles

After 67 years as Dodgers baseball play-by-play announcer, the 88-year-old legend is retiring at the end of the season—and remains the biggest star in town.

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Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

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