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Islamic State’s Dangerous Effort to Wipe Out Humanity’s Past

The militant group's destruction this week of the ruins of a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra is an attempt to reduce history to a mere digital memory, the epistemological equivalent of a LOLCats meme or a Vine prank.
 

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Bernie Sanders’ Policy Backing Saudi Intervention Needs to Change Now

Calling for further intervention by the Saudi monarchy in the battle against Islamic State is like saying the Koch Brothers need to get more involved in U.S. politics.
 

Amazon Offers Free Delivery of Workplace Hell

Both low-paid and elite workers at Amazon and other companies are being pushed to their limits. Without unions to protect them from the brutality of corporate demands, workers are at the mercy of Jeff Bezos and his ilk.
 
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Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

In this promotional video for the anonymous graffiti artist’s “bemusement park,” catch a glimpse of the not-so-family-friendly attractions in store.

 
 
 
 
Father of Virginia Shooting Victim Alison Parker Makes Gun Control Plea to President Obama

Maybe now is a good time for the president to get a grip on America’s gun problem.

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The Republican Nomination: Anyone Who Says Donald Trump Can’t Win Is in Deep Denial

A new poll released Thursday gives Trump a 16-point lead over his nearest competitor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Jeb Bush stood at a measly 7 percent. Yikes.

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VIDEO: President Obama on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: ‘New Orleans Is Coming Back’

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.

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Journalists Attack Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos for Challenging Donald Trump

“As usual when someone commits a real act of journalism aimed at the most powerful in the U.S., those leading the charge against him are other journalists, who so tellingly regard actual journalism as a gauche and irreverent crime against those who wield the greatest power and thus merit the greatest deference,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

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Cornel West Wants Bernie Sanders as President

The influential scholar and civil rights activist has broken with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, answering black voters’ skepticism about Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign with an endorsement of the socialist candidate.

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Are Police Constitutional?

A new book argues that American cops are actually “at war with people” instead of protecting citizens; a Nation piece questions whether Hillary Clinton will ever be able to win over progressives; meanwhile, there’s a reason why it’s become increasingly difficult to figure out what food is healthful. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Migrant Death Toll Rises as 50 Bodies Are Found in Boat Off Libya

The discovery of roughly 50 dead migrants in the hull of a boat off Libya’s northern coast Wednesday adds to the more than 2,400 refugees who have died this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Four hundred thirty-nine people were rescued from the boat.

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Too Warm, Too Few Fish: Health Warning for World’s Oceans

Rampant overfishing combined with the impact of climate change is seriously endangering the well-being of the oceans, environmental analysts say.

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

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Upsurge in Uncertainty About Work Income

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow.

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VIDEO: Egypt’s el-Sissi and Putin Pledge Common Front Against Terrorism

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met Wednesday for the third time in a year with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.

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Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later: Recovery Efforts Gauged Differently According to Race

Just as the immediate aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans residents in different ways—depending on race, class and other factors—the story of the city’s recovery a decade later varies, depending on who tells it.

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Reporter, Cameraman Shot and Killed in Virginia; Details Emerge About Gunman

Following Wednesday morning’s on-air shooting of two employees from WDBJ7 TV in Virginia, in which 24-year-old journalist Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were killed, details from the back story about the gunman and his potential motives came to light.

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The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

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VIDEO: Women’s Equality Day: Whatever Happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?

Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

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‘When it Comes to Moral Choices, Outstanding Physicists Are Very Ordinary’

Philip Ball’s new book, “Serving the Reich,” considers how “some of the great 20th century physicists … stayed in Germany throughout the thirties, and in some cases throughout” World War II.

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Congresswoman Says Killing of 2 Palestinian Teens May Be a Reason to Cut Aid to  Israeli Military

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether the deaths of two Palestinian youths at the hands of Israeli security forces at a protest last spring violate the Leahy Law.

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Charity Is No Substitute for Revolutionary Activism

The cardinal sin of many charities is their exoneration of capitalism and capitalists—people who “make it their business to control what others need for life and a minimum standard of living”—of responsibility for the suffering that charities and their supporters seek to alleviate, writes philosopher Mathew Snow at Jacobin magazine.

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In Appalachia, the Coal Industry Is in Collapse, but the Mountains Aren’t Coming Back

Though the coal-mining industry in West Virginia is experiencing an unprecedented collapse that threatens to dethrone King Coal once and for all, 14-year-old Ryan Hensley and all the other children growing up in the shadow of these “blank spaces” will never see the decapitated peaks return to thickly forested mountaintops.

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Solar Power Takes Giant Strides as Prices Fall

Massive solar power stations are being built in the world’s “sun belts”—with the U.S. and India competing to have the largest in the world.

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Meet the U.K.’s Bernie Sanders

Like our very own Bernie Sanders, socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who’s likely to be the next leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, has “tapped a deep well of resentment against the mainstream political elite.”

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