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Rethinking Black History Month

The modern civil rights movement occurred long before millions of Americans were born, but many participants and observers are still available to recount their stories.

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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

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Time to Challenge Obama on Gas Prices

Here we go again. A sudden surge in the price of gasoline and heating oil is followed by reported expressions of frustrated despair by hard-pressed consumers in the midst of silence from the oil companies and abdication of responsibility by the elected and appointed officials of federal and state governments.

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AP/Evan Vucci

The Political Forces Behind the Attack on the Voting Rights Act

Take it from the ultraconservative and increasingly unrestrained Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: What’s really at stake in the case of Shelby County v. Holder isn’t simply the technical constitutionality of Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but the “perpetuation of racial entitlement” in the law’s renewal.

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‘Homeland Security’: The Trillion Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a miniature Pentagon. But unlike the Pentagon, it draws no attention whatsoever—even though this country has spent an amount of money equivalent to more than one and a half New Deals on “homeland security” since 9/11.

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Climate Change ‘Causes Wild Weather’

Scientists say they have discovered the particular mechanism by which extreme weather has occurred in the northern hemisphere in recent years.

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Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

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The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power

We live in a time of deep foreboding, one that haunts any discourse about justice, democracy and the future. Not only have the points of reference that provided a sense of certainty and collective hope in the past largely evaporated, but the only referents available are increasingly supplied by a hyper-market-driven society, megacorporations and a corrupt financial service industry.

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AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Black People Are Not ‘Immigrants’

Now that an African-American president of the United States is the point person on the national debate about immigration, it’s time that the black perspective on the matter be examined.

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N.Y.-on-the-Gulf: The Warmer World of 2200

U.S. scientists say the global warmup heading our way as climate change intensifies will mean a New York as warm as Bahrain, where daily work will be a struggle.

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