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Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Klein

The aim of her new book on capitalism and climate change—to rapidly get large numbers of previously unengaged people to agree that the leading wisdom is the very thing that is preventing humanity from saving itself—is quixotic and urgent.
 
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Dennis Kucinich: President Obama Has Trapped Himself With Bad Decisions

This week on Truthdig Radio: Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss Syrian rebels. Also: With civility and style, Scotland shows the world how democracy is done. And Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.
 

For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.
 

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The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

The independent Vermont senator and the former secretary of state caused quite a stir during their visits to Iowa over the weekend. As some in the media put it, there’s no turning back now.

 
 
 
 
What on Earth Is the Government Thinking Giving Grenade Launchers and Machine Guns to Schools?

Though it may seem like an absurd, cruel joke, it’s not just our police departments that are being militarized; our school districts are getting tanks as well. Here’s what Stephen Colbert has to say about it.

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Russell Brand: Capitalists and Corrupt Media Profit From Denying Climate Change

The “Trews” host challenges his viewers to question who benefits from the denial of global warming and invites everyone to join one of 2,000 climate change marches occurring all over the globe Sunday.

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Domestic Violence Kills More People Than War and It’s Not Just the NFL at Fault; It’s Police Too

If we focus only on the abusive acts of athletes such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, we may miss the fact that in the U.S. the families at highest risk of domestic violence are actually relatives of law enforcement officials.

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Changing U.S.-Iran Relations: Kerry Says Iran Has Role in Defeating IS Militants

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating Islamic State.

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Paul Krugman: Saving the Planet ‘Might Be Free’

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says he’s been reading “two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change” that prove saving the planet could be “cheaper and easier than almost anyone imagines.”

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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

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Advertisements Hostile to Islam Coming to New York City Transit

Anti-Islamist blogger and activist Pamela Geller has paid $100,000 to place advertisements on New York City public transportation routes that attack the Muslim faith, including one featuring James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic State in August.

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FBI Facial Recognition System Threatens Civil Liberties, Group Says

A ready-to-use facial recognition program unveiled by the FBI on Monday could turn millions of people with no criminal record into suspects of the law, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Scotland, IS, Alibaba, Midterms

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Scotland’s decision not to part from Britain, Congress’ vote to arm Syrian rebels, and every young Ukrainian having his or her own NGO.

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U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

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Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

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Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide

U.S. veteran communities are reportedly grieving at news of the suicide of Jacob George, a three-tour veteran of America’s last decade-plus of war, after he failed to find relief from physical and mental injuries. In a clip from a veterans event last year, he spoke of his experience with various types of therapy and performed his original song, “Soldier’s Heart.”

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Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

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Scotland Rejects Independence From U.K.

Scottish voters preserved the country’s 307-year-old union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday as the party opposed to secession took numerous areas that could have gone to the yes campaign.

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A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

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The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

When we argue for change in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a stable system. They insist we’re rocking the boat unnecessarily. I insist it’s a lifeboat, and that if we rock hard enough, maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing instead of clinging to the wreckage of an old order.

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Warming Will Leave Drought-Hit California Reeling

Researchers in the U.S. warn that climate change could worsen California droughts by drastically reducing water flow from the Sierra Nevada mountains while simultaneously threatening the extinction of a rare species of fish.

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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

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Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization

The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

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