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Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

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The Mideast Horrors Grow

Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

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Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

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The Italian Army’s Growing Weed. Here’s Why

The reasons behind the Italian armed forces growing marijuana in a military lab are more noble than you might expect.

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Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty.

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Emma Watson’s Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch Stirs Trolls’ Hatred

Actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters only to receive threats from users of the online bulletin board 4chan that the 24-year-old would be the “next” victim in the recent spate of celebrity nude photo leaks for being a “feminist bitch.”

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Syrian Rebels

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Ebola Troops

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GOP Gnaws on Social Security

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Shock and Awe in Syria: It Never Works

The London pan-Arab daily Hayat reports Tuesday morning on the airstrikes conducted on Islamic State positions in Raqqah, Syria, by the United States and several Arab allies.

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The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique

Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief Hisham Melhem had a piece in Politico Magazine on Thursday on what he calls the collapse of Arab civilization. The piece is riddled with contradictions and fuzzy thinking and with all due respect to Milhem, who is a knowledgeable and experienced correspondent, I am going to disagree with it vehemently.

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WHO: Ebola Outlook Is ‘Bleak’

The World Health Organization has issued a very frightening report that basically says as worried as we’ve all been about Ebola in West Africa, things are much, much worse.

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Public Pressure Is the Best Hope for Climate Action

On Sunday, a crowd calculated by organizers at more than 300,000 took part in the biggest march ever against climate change.

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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

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Climate and Pensions

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Hong Kong Students Protest for Democracy

Amid a weeklong strike, thousands of college students in Hong Kong boycotted classes Monday to protest the Beijing government’s decision to limit electoral reforms.

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Syrian Kurds Halt Islamic State Fighters Near Syrian Town

Kurdish fighters from Syria stopped an advance by Islamic State to the east of a largely Kurdish town near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the victorious group said.

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John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

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Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

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Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

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Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls and Wall Street.

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NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

I am all for demonstrating and admire everyone who came out in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders deal urgently with climate change, but I just do have to point out that holding large rallies doesn’t always result in political change.

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The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

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Education With a Debt Sentence

Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life.

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Gary Hart, Harbinger of a New Political Age

Had Bill Clinton heeded the glaring signs of the sea change ushered in by that now-infamous scene from a boat in Bimini called the Monkey Business in the spring of 1987, he could have spared himself, not to mention the rest of the country, a big hassle during his presidency.

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Obama Won’t Offer Poor Nations Aid at U.N. Climate Summit

The United States won’t pledge any support to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations meeting this week on climate change, the organization’s social envoy on climate change said Friday.

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Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables

A report published ahead of Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit illustrates that poor and prosperous nations, tiny islands and great cities, can satisfy all their energy needs from renewables.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Klein

The aim of her new book on capitalism and climate change—to rapidly get large numbers of previously unengaged people to agree that the leading wisdom is the very thing that is preventing humanity from saving itself—is quixotic and urgent.

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What on Earth Is the Government Thinking Giving Grenade Launchers and Machine Guns to Schools?

Though it may seem like an absurd, cruel joke, it’s not just our police departments that are being militarized; our school districts are getting tanks as well. Here’s what Stephen Colbert has to say about it.

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Russell Brand: Capitalists and Corrupt Media Profit From Denying Climate Change

The “Trews” host challenges his viewers to question who benefits from the denial of global warming and invites everyone to join one of 2,000 climate change marches occurring all over the globe Sunday.

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Domestic Violence Kills More People Than War and It’s Not Just the NFL at Fault; It’s Police Too

If we focus only on the abusive acts of athletes such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, we may miss the fact that in the U.S. the families at highest risk of domestic violence are actually relatives of law enforcement officials.

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Changing U.S.-Iran Relations: Kerry Says Iran Has Role in Defeating IS Militants

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating Islamic State.

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Paul Krugman: Saving the Planet ‘Might Be Free’

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says he’s been reading “two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change” that prove saving the planet could be “cheaper and easier than almost anyone imagines.”

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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

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Advertisements Hostile to Islam Coming to New York City Transit

Anti-Islamist blogger and activist Pamela Geller has paid $100,000 to place advertisements on New York City public transportation routes that attack the Muslim faith, including one featuring James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic State in August.

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FBI Facial Recognition System Threatens Civil Liberties, Group Says

A ready-to-use facial recognition program unveiled by the FBI on Monday could turn millions of people with no criminal record into suspects of the law, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Scotland, IS, Alibaba, Midterms

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Scotland’s decision not to part from Britain, Congress’ vote to arm Syrian rebels, and every young Ukrainian having his or her own NGO.

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U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

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Dennis Kucinich: President Obama Has Trapped Himself With Bad Decisions

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss Syrian rebels. Also: With civility and style, Scotland shows the world how democracy is done. And Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

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It’s Hard to Be Cynical About Brave Scotland

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scotland shows the world how it’s done, Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss arming Syrian rebels, and Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

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Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

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Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide

U.S. veteran communities are reportedly grieving at news of the suicide of Jacob George, a three-tour veteran of America’s last decade-plus of war, after he failed to find relief from physical and mental injuries. In a clip from a veterans event last year, he spoke of his experience with various types of therapy and performed his original song, “Soldier’s Heart.”

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Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

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