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The Making of a Global Security State

The Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying and just how far we’ve come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7. When a flood sweeps you away, it’s always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage. Here’s my attempt to identify five urges essential to understanding the world Snowden has helped us glimpse.

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Climate Change Puts Lake Life at Risk

Lakes are warming on both sides of the Atlantic—and this is bad news both for water quality and the fish.

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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

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This Will Not End Well

In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible “moderates” whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.

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Chris Hedges Will Be Back

Chris Hedges is off this week and will resume his column at the usual time next week. In the meantime, you can access all his previous columns, plus recent appearances, by clicking on this item.

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Great Gatsby Economics

Those who defend our economic status quo have other alibis. We don’t need to make any structural changes in our economy, the argument goes. People who want to advance just need to understand that our new economic circumstances place a very high premium on education. Get a good education, and you will do OK.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg remains a steadfast example of the courage he recognizes in Edward Snowden and others in the current generation of whistle-blowers.

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Walmart Accepted Clothing From Banned Bangladesh Factories

Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, Walmart has released a list of more than 200 factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise because of serious or repeated safety problems. But at least two of the factories on the list have continued to send massive shipments to Walmart stores in recent months.

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The Two Centers of Unaccountable Power in America and Their Consequences

There are two great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today—places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret, and are unchecked either by effective democratic oversight or by market competition.

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Turkish Doctors Threatened for Aiding Protesters

Turkish physicians and other health professionals who started administering treatment to protesters at Istanbul’s Gezi Park became the target of repression this week as the Health Ministry forbade them to do their jobs.

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