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DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Iran

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Bibi’s Roast

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Ex-IRA and British Soldiers Discuss Reconciliation Over Tea

Three-thousand seven-hundred people were killed in the 30-year conflict known as the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Men who belonged to those groups met in Northern Ireland last month to talk about why they took up arms and how the future can be made less bloody.

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To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

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Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

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Stand Together

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Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ in America

“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

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Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Nurse Who Had Ebola Contends Dallas Hospital Violated Her Privacy

In a lawsuit filed Monday, nurse Nina Pham says that a colleague videotaped her without her permission and then the hospital released the tape to the media.

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How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech to Congress (Video)

Most Iranians had difficulty taking the Israeli prime minister seriously.

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‘Kia’: A Poem That Reflects a Group’s Struggle for Better Working Conditions

Paul Hlava describes series “Negotiations” as a collage of “language, metaphors and quotes, from managers, workers and management flyers” that were used during a vote to form a collective bargaining unit.

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In the Shadow of FDR, Netanyahu Preaches a Politics of Fear

Eighty-two years after Roosevelt’s famous call to hope, the Israeli prime minister stood before Congress to deliver a nearly opposite appeal. The facts do not support his dire warning on Iran.

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In ‘Ghettoside,’ an Indictment of the Criminal Justice System

In her new book, reporter Jill Leovy tackles a subject usually ignored by progressives, black-on-black murders, and she explains how the U.S. criminal justice system too often treats them as not worth solving.

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Department of Justice Finds Signs of Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Force

The national discussion about race relations and police brutality that intensified last summer with the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others is continuing with the news that a Department of Justice investigation has found evidence of racial bias within the Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman Discuss Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech Before Congress

For “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran,” the renowned political commentator and linguist tells Amy Goodman on a recent episode of “Democracy Now!”

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Students in Ukraine and Russia Take to YouTube to Share Their Views on the Ukraine Crisis

You may have heard what Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have said about the Ukraine crisis, but what do young people whose lives are being affected by the conflict between the two countries have to say about it?

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After L.A. Homeless Man’s Killing, Russell Brand Asks, ‘Are Police Deadlier Than Terrorists?’

The video of the shooting in Los Angeles “shows you what the problem is, in essence: that the police force in certain sections are out of control, and there are ... members of the human community whose life doesn’t have value,” the comedian and commentator says.

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Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Have the Courage to Take On the Moneyed Interests?

Taking on the moneyed interests is risky, but a failure to take them on prevents any real change in the prospects of the bottom 90 percent of Americans.

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John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

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The 4 Things More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Enrichment Program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is stridently and continually harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. And yet, there are, in fact, more pressing dangers to Israel than Iran’s nuclear reactors.

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The Winter That Wouldn’t Leave

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Robert Scheer on National Security: ‘We Don’t Have Adults Watching the Store’ (Video)

“To treat this apparatus of the national security state as if it’s on any level acting in a rational sense, other than trying to have an enemy so we can have a big defense industry … is utter nonsense,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief told an audience at a conference on nuclear weapons Sunday.

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Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

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What Does Iran Think of Netanyahu’s Interference in Talks?

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a bid to thwart President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Iran, the Iranian press is reacting to the wrench Netanyahu is trying to throw into negotiations over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. But for some odd reason, American mass media are almost never interested in what critics of the United States are saying.

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Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

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Netanyahu’s Clash With Obama ‘Intolerable,’ Risks End of U.S.’ U.N. Veto, Says Former Mossad Head

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly believes he can openly side with the Republican Congress against President Barack Obama without facing any consequences. However, Meir Dagan, the former head of Israeli intelligence, sees danger.

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Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

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How to Arm Your Cellphone Against Hackers and Spies

One of the many uncomfortable realities that we all are increasingly obliged to accept, at least on a practical level, is that the many gadgets that power our personal and professional lives can’t ever be fully shielded from prying eyes.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Leaders of the Debt Collective

With outstanding student debt in the U.S. topping $1.3 trillion, 15 former Corinthian Colleges students are refusing to pay the onerous, exorbitant cost of a shoddy education.

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President of Venezuela Announces Diplomatic Sanctions Against U.S.

President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday that fewer U.S. diplomats will be allowed to work in Venezuela and visas will be required for Americans traveling there, in what amounts to a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

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Seeing Is Believing as Scientists Trace Greenhouse Effect

High-precision field instruments in the U.S. have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2 on global warming.

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Luke Bowerman

That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

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What Color Is This Dress?

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This Interactive Map Will Show You Just How Hard It Is to Get an Abortion in Your State

All across the U.S., women’s reproductive health care is increasingly being restricted by legislative measures.

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O’Reilly’s Lies

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‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

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Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, Obama’s ‘Probably the Worst President We’ve Had’

Barack Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief told Salon in an interview about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

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Fancy a New Body? Humans May Soon Be Able to Get Head Transplants

In just a couple of years, the first human head transplant surgery is set to take place; a black hole 12 billion times the size of the sun is making scientists rethink a widely accepted theory; meanwhile, the Iranian version of street artist Banksy delves into “Iran’s turbulent past” with his work. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Homeland Security

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Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine (Video)

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, spoke out as a Jewish American in favor of a two-state solution and a divided Jerusalem.

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What Are Wal-Mart and eBay Trying to Hide by Opposing Gender Pay Gap Disclosure? (Video)

Shareholders at both eBay and Wal-Mart want the companies to reveal any disparities in pay between the women and men who work for them.

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Here Are Five Surprising Ways Iran Is Better Than Israel (Video)

I think I’m one of the few Americans who has been to both Iran and Israel. I like both countries and have a lot in common with thinkers in both.

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Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: This week on Truthdig Radio, it’s Peter’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is pro legalization of all drugs, America hates controversial art, the VA secretary is a liar and more.

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Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Peter Scheer’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is for the legalization of all drugs; the United States hates controversial art; the Veterans Affairs secretary is a liar; and more.

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AP / Matt Sayles

Leonard Nimoy Inspired Millions and Will Continue to Do So

Like the iconic Mr. Spock, he was virtuous, wise and generous.

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Most U.K. Sex Workers Once Held Jobs in the Mainstream Economy, Study Shows

More than 70 percent of sex workers in the U.K. previously worked in health care, education or charities—while more than a third hold university degrees, according to one of the largest surveys of the industry ever taken.

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Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us

The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

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Netanyahu’s Speech

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Former U.S. Diplomat to Soviet Union Scolds Today’s Leaders

At a meeting of the National Press Club this month, James Matlock—“one of the Cold War’s wise men”—criticized the Obama administration for publicly denigrating the Russian leadership rather than striking a conciliatory tone in the conflict over Ukraine.

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