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Ireland on Its Way to Becoming First Country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.

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Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

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VIDEO: All Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Case

A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted all six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, setting the basis for a criminal trial.

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Economy of Gaza on ‘Verge of Collapse’ With World’s Highest Unemployment

Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.

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The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

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Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

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Where Does Israel Get the Right to Lock Thousands of Civilians Behind a Gate?

For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Vows to Do Better on National Security

Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.

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Stone Tool Discovery Shows Culture Evolved Much Earlier Than Previously Believed

The major discovery in Africa of tools dating around 3.3 million years old has forced scientists to push back the standard dating of the dawn of culture by 700,000 years.

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Up to 105,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled on California Coast; Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Emergency

“We will do everything necessary to protect California’s coastline,” the governor said in a statement Wednesday, after news broke that the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that began on Tuesday may be far greater in magnitude than originally expected.

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