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Paralyzed Man Can Now Walk Thanks to the Cells in His Nose

A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



Hong Kong Protesters Rally for Leadership Change

Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to throng the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday—a conspicuous day, as it was a Chinese national holiday—calling for the resignation of Chief Executive CY Leung as well as for a change in how candidates for the country’s top positions are chosen.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Gunness

The U.N. spokesman’s breakdown in a live interview allowed audiences to feel the visceral anguish that can overcome witnesses of the atrocity in Gaza.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Crazy Climate Change Deniers No Longer Welcome on the BBC

Remember that “Last Week Tonight” clip that explained that part of the problem with addressing climate change is that deluded deniers are given as much airtime as scientists reporting facts? Well, it seems the BBC paid attention.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



International Media (Finally) Zoom In on Violence in Venezuela

“Tonight, Venezuela is seeing a spasm of violence that’s unlike anything the country has experienced since 1989,” blogger Audrey M. Dacosta wrote from Caracas on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Moammar Gadhafi Would Test Teenagers for STDs Before Raping Them in His Sex Dungeons

We all know the late Libyan dictator was a deplorable man, but now, thanks to a BBC documentary released Monday, more details of his depravity have come to light.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the Downside of Drones

“Wars are ultimately determined in the minds of populations,” the retired commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan told the BBC this month.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE


Greenwald Sacks BBC’s Stephen Sackur

Stephen Sackur of BBC’s “HARDtalk” appeared absurd this week when he challenged Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who led reporting on the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowen, on minutiae irrelevant to the historic revelations that British and American governments secretly spy on untold numbers of people around the world.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Amazon Causing Psychiatric Illness in Workers?

A BBC investigation into a U.K. Amazon warehouse found conditions a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Think You Need 8 Straight Hours of Sleep? Think Again

AlterNet’s Lynn Stuart Parramore said a BBC article published last year called “The Myth of the Eight-Hour Sleep” “has permanently altered the way I think about sleep,” and talks about the changes she’s made to her resting habits.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Russell Brand

In his recent print and television appearances, British comedian Russell Brand, one of the freest men on Earth, has given the left a priceless opportunity.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Revolution a la Russell Brand (Video)

The actor-comedian-turned-revolutionary tells Jeremy Paxman of the BBC’s “Newsnight” that a massive change is on the way in a 10-minute interview that will have you up in arms about the current state of democracy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Greg Palast

Noam Chomsky once said that Greg Palast “upsets all the right people.” Did the independent investigative reporter halt Lawrence Summers’ charge to the head of the Fed?

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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U.K. to Offer Reparations to Victims of Colonial Torture

The British government, after decades of escaping responsibility for its brutality in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion, will reverse course and offer compensation to victims, the BBC reports.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Battleground of Thatcher’s Memory

Thousands of protesters gathered at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. The event marked the end of a bizarre and remarkable week in the U.K., characterized by a polarized response to the demise of the longest serving British prime minister in living memory. But the struggle to decide her legacy continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’ Popular Again After Thatcher’s Death

That’s spelling potential trouble for the BBC, which is being pressured by Britain’s conservative, pro-Thatcher newspapers not to play the iconic song from “The Wizard of Oz” on this Sunday’s BBC Radio 1 weekly chart-topping-singles show.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



Will Elvis Costello Dance on Margaret Thatcher’s Grave? (Video)

In a famous lament written at the height of the Thatcher years, the English musician expressed a desire to live long enough to see the brutal British leader die so he could one day “stand on [her] grave and tramp the dirt down.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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A Successor to David Attenborough?

The impending retirement of longtime BBC science personality David Attenborough is prompting discussion over who could replace him in presenting the mysteries and delights of the natural world to the public.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Court Orders BBC to Release Footage

Can an American court order a foreign media outlet to hand over unbroadcasted journalistic material? A New York judge says yes. The BBC has until Oct. 1 to appeal or disclose 10-year-old footage of interviews with an alleged terrorist and the chief of a political group founded by deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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American Journalist Accused of Passing Tips to Assad Regime

According to this story from The Telegraph, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apparently wasn’t aware that BBC reporter Paul Wood had been filing stories from the war-torn city of Homs until American journalist Nir Rosen tipped off his administration in an attempt to gain access for his own professional purposes.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: WikiLeaks Catches Stratfor Tracking Activists

In this clip from Tuesday’s edition of “Democracy Now!,” one Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men tells host Amy Goodman about being monitored by Stratfor, the spying firm targeted by Anonymous in a bit of holiday season hackery late last year.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Bailout, Tune Out

The BBC reports that while the United States and the U.K. have made a habit of buying too-big-to-fail banks and then looking the other way, the safest banks in the world aren’t just owned but operated by civil governments.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE



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How Brazil Is Saving the Amazon

Readers of Jared Diamond’s “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” know that deforestation comes right before people eating each other to survive, so it is some relief that Brazil is sending armed officers into the Amazon to stop illegal logging. It’s a war, says the BBC, and the environmentalists are winning.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


What a Wonderful World

This commercial from the BBC, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reminds us in this new year how special—and fragile—our planet is.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Dozens of Deaths Reported in Syrian Clashes

The bloody battles between the Syrian government and its own people took a turn for the worse early this week, with reports of mass civilian and military casualties emerging Tuesday despite the ongoing ban on foreign media within Syria’s borders, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Scandal Leaves Alabama Poor High and Dry

Residents of Jefferson County in Alabama are victims of a scandal involving banks and county officials that has rocketed sewage costs and forced the poorest among them to purchase outdoor toilets in the absence of running water.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laurie Penny

Every social movement needs to guard against the inevitable attempts of mainstream media sources to warp its message, defend its targets and recast its members as lazy, crazy or fringy malcontents. Luckily for the Occupy movement, British journalist Laurie Penny is more than capable of taking on, and taking down ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


British Journalist Squares Off Against Former Goldman Partner

A rich banker who appears to have learned none of the lessons of 20th-century economic history. A newscaster who snickers at an impassioned argument. And a reporter dismissed as a young girl who will one day learn better. This exchange between a former Goldman Sachs executive, a BBC correspondent and British journalist Laurie Penny ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Jordan’s King to Syria’s President: Time to Go

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has drawn criticism from leaders of neighboring nations, most notably those in the Arab League, for his iron-fisted crackdown on dissenters in his country. On Monday, King Abdullah of Jordan ramped up the pressure on Assad to step down by ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Reports of War Crimes as Tripoli Fighting Continues

Libyan rebels control most of Tripoli, yet fighting continues in the capital amid reports of possible war crimes by both sides. One doctor told a BBC reporter that some rebel bodies delivered to his hospital had bullet holes in the back of their heads and wounds that indicated torture.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Google Denies WikiLeaks Censorship

In a BBC interview with Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, Schmidt spelled out his ambitions for Google in China as well as declaring that the search giant will deny government attempts to censor WikiLeaks documents.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Scoops the World

Even those news organizations that have criticized WikiLeaks would kill to have broken as much news this week. The full impact remains unknown, but one need only look as far as the BBC to gauge the significance of what is happening—every day the beeb runs a new WikiLeaks revelation as its top story, and most of the cables it has are still to come.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



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The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Gitmo Guard Reunites With Ex-Inmates via Facebook

Six years after their release from the Guantánamo Bay prison, former inmates and British citizens Ruhal Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul met up in London with an American soldier, Brandon Neely, who had been one of their guards during their two-year detention at Gitmo.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Reality TV Hits a New Low With Disabled Model Show?

There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to BBC America’s new reality show, “Britain’s Missing Top Model,” which focuses on a group of disabled women competing to win a high-profile modeling gig. First, what, exactly, is “missing” here, aside from the fact that some contestants are missing limbs? Could it be a sense of humanity, then?

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Report: Al-Qaida Hurting for Funds

Although the Taliban apparently enjoys good funding these days, thanks in part to drug money, the BBC reported Monday that al-Qaida is struggling by comparison, according to “terrorist financing official” (?) David Cohen.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Report: Pre-Election Corruption Crops Up in Afghanistan

This week’s presidential election in Afghanistan may not be the cleanest polling event, if the BBC’s findings about corruption and voting fraud are indicative of larger trends. The British news outlet reported Tuesday that bribery and bids to buy voting cards, combined with threats of violence from militant groups, could muck up the works come Thursday.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


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The Land of the Rising Smile

Japanese railway employees use computerized “smile scanners” to be certain they’re offering the best service to customers and greeting them with “natural smiles.” Check out just how happy these people look. 

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Getting Loaded in Tennessee

Believe it or not, Tennessee is relaxing its already liberal gun laws even more. Starting Tuesday, residents of the state will legally be able to go to bars and restaurants with loaded guns. Letting people get drunk in public places while they’re packing heat = a really really smart decision.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Welcome to an Unemployed World

The International Labor Organization opened a summit in Geneva on Monday on the worsening global unemployment crisis. World leaders, including France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Brazil’s Lula da Silva, will meet to discuss what they believe will be some 239 million unemployed worldwide by the end of this year.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Taliban Gain Ground, Color on Map

A new map produced by the BBC succinctly demonstrates the weakness of the Pakistan state in combating Taliban militants in the country’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The map shows only 38% of Pakistan’s NWFP to be under government control, while the balance of the region experiences either Taliban presence or control.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


The World’s Largest Democracy in Action

With an electorate estimated at 714 million voters, India began a massive five-part election on Thursday. The U.S. could learn a thing or two from the world’s biggest democracy. Indians have used e-voting since 2004, without the kinds of shenanigans that have become so familiar. Check out the BBC’s mega-coverage, including this gallery.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE


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War Reporters Used to Prefer Morality Over Impartiality

I wonder—in an age when the BBC can refuse help to the suffering because of its “impartiality”—whether we still report war with the same power and passion as the men and women of an earlier generation.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


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