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The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.
 

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.
 

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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.

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.”

 
 
 
 
WHO: Ebola Outlook Is ‘Bleak’

The World Health Organization has issued a very frightening report that basically says as worried as we’ve all been about Ebola in West Africa, things are much, much worse.

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Public Pressure Is the Best Hope For Climate Action

On Sunday, a crowd calculated by organizers at more than 300,000 took part in the biggest march ever against climate change.

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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

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Hong Kong Students Protest for Democracy

Amid a weeklong strike, thousands of college students in Hong Kong boycotted classes Monday to protest the Beijing government’s decision to limit electoral reforms.

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Syrian Kurds Halt Islamic State Fighters Near Syrian Town

Kurdish fighters from Syria stopped an advance by Islamic State to the east of a largely Kurdish town near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the victorious group said.

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John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

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Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

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Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

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Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls and Wall Street.

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NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

I am all for demonstrating and admire everyone who came out in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders deal urgently with climate change, but I just do have to point out that holding large rallies doesn’t always result in political change.

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Education With a Debt Sentence

Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life.

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Gary Hart, Harbinger of a New Political Age

Had Bill Clinton heeded the glaring signs of the sea change ushered in by that now-infamous scene from a boat in Bimini called the Monkey Business in the spring of 1987, he could have spared himself, not to mention the rest of the country, a big hassle during his presidency.

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Obama Won’t Offer Poor Nations Aid at U.N. Climate Summit

The United States won’t pledge any support to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations meeting this week on climate change, the organization’s social envoy on climate change said Friday.

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Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables

A report published ahead of Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit illustrates that poor and prosperous nations, tiny islands and great cities, can satisfy all their energy needs from renewables.

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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.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE
 





 
 
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