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To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.


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30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.
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Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials have argued that government should have a "back door" to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.
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In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

More protests are expected Wednesday after the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order.”

Doctors Without Borders Calls U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing ‘Shocking’

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that “human error” was a factor in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 30 civilians and left 37 wounded. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, which had previously called the attack a probable war crime, said the report was “shocking” and left “more questions than answers.”

Pfizer Merger Illustrates Need to Outlaw Tax Havens

The American drug giant has merged with the Dublin-based Allergan not “because some wizard potion has been discovered in the hills of Connemara” but “to dodge tax.”

The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values

Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.



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Does a ‘Koch Intelligence Agency’ Secretly Keep Tabs on Liberals?

An investigation by Politico suggests that the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers possess their own high-tech surveillance and intelligence-gathering operation devoted to “stealthily tracking liberal and Democratic groups.”

Home, Sweet Kleptocracy: Kabul in America

Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law. What country is this?

Trees Face Global Extinction Threat

Field scientists warn that damage being done to the Amazon rainforest indicates that most of the world’s 40,000 tropical tree species now qualify as being at risk.

AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

This Thanksgiving, Stop Shopping and Start Living

REI is doing its part to preserve the spirit of Thanksgiving.

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Elections Within the Context of American Empire

In an interview with teleSUR’s Abby Martin, the renowned thinker and linguist discusses his take on the politicians running for president in 2016 and whether any of the candidates can be considered anti-war.

Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

The Painting That Saved My Family From the Holocaust

A frightened young woman left her apartment in Munich in November 1938 and returned with the visa that saved her family. A team of German journalists launched an improbable search to find the missing artwork and tell its story.

VIDEO: Killer Mike’s Ringing Endorsement of Bernie Sanders

Rapper and activist Killer Mike feels the Bern.

VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Witnesses Say ‘White Supremacists’ Behind Shooting at Black Lives Matter Protest

One day after the shooting, Minneapolis racial justice campaigners call for a mass march, declaring: “We will not be intimidated.”

The New Nativist Hysteria Is Illegitimate, Divisive and Dangerous

The xenophobic outburst on Capitol Hill and across the heartland won’t make us safer. In fact, it plays directly into the hands of terrorist organizations like Islamic State.

VIDEO: Trevor Noah Slams Mike Huckabee for Comparing Syrian Refugees to Food

The “Daily Show” host recently discovered that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee seems to have a bit of an obsession with bizarre food metaphors.

The GOP’s Political Correctness Dodge

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.

Attention, Donald Trump: 9/11 Candlelight Vigils by Muslims Sympathizing With the U.S. (Videos)

The meme that Muslims celebrated the attacks of 9/11 has always been mostly a piece of false propaganda. Donald Trump, who never met a piece of false racist propaganda he did not like, has now picked up this despicable libel.

Five Prerequisites for War Against Islamic State

No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against Islamic State we must keep a watchful eye on five things.

Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.