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Information-Sharing Bill Would Extend NSA’s Reach, Opponents Argue

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which includes no data-protection provisions, would set up a new network for private corporations to share customer data with nearly all levels of law enforcement and intelligence, including the National Security Agency.

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The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’

The organization has hit back furiously at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

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A Forceful Call to Rescue Democracy: Peter Richardson on Robert Scheer’s New Book

The Truthdig editor-in-chief’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” continues the important work on the abuse of power he began five decades ago, writes Peter Richardson at The National Memo.

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Exposed: Secret TSA Checklist of ‘Suspicious’ Behavior

A Transportation Security Administration checklist obtained by The Intercept lists throat clearing, whistling and “exaggerated yawning” in airports as suspicious behavior. “Democracy Now!” speaks to The Intercept’s Cora Currier about the revelation.

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On Women Who Refused to Live in Silence and Be Consigned to Oblivion

In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin. Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal. Along the way, she lost a shoe.

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John Oliver Gives Several Good Reasons to Do Away With April Fools’ Day Pranks

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host released a Web exclusive Monday about the upcoming pseudo-holiday many of us are dreading.

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Shrinking of Ice Shelves Raises Sea Level Concerns

The rapid reduction of West Antarctica’s shelf ice has dangerous implications for sea levels in a warming world.

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Boots on the Ground

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How GOP Threats Against Iran Have Guaranteed the End of European Sanctions

The U.S. sanction regime on Iran has a unilateral dimension. Then there is a European dimension, which involves using the clout of the Department of Treasury as well as the persuasiveness of the Department of State’s diplomats to get European Union buy-in regarding their own sanctions.

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Netanyahu Jumps the Shark With His ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen’ Axis Barb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines.

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A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

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No One Is Free Until All Are Free

The fight to end male violence against women is crucial to the struggles of wider liberation. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed.

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Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated)

She’s not looking to just be the GOP’s answer to Hillary Clinton for the span of the campaign season—Carly Fiorina would rather beat her in the 2016 election and claim the title of America’s next president.

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The SEC Illustrates the Danger of Regulatory Capture

The phrase “regulatory capture” shrouds a serious problem in vaguely academic jargon, making it seem like unimportant esoterica rather than anything noteworthy.

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Nebraska Farmer Invites Pro-Fracking Commission Members to Drink Contaminated Water

Pro-fracking members of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission were silent when a farmer and former pipeline worker invited them to drink water contaminated with chemicals used in the petroleum and natural gas extraction process.

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As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?

During a late-March conference concerned with responding to China’s continued rise to global economic power, Western foreign policy and security experts sought to define the international statecraft being practiced by the country’s leadership.

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Egypt’s President Backs Proposal for United Arab Military Force

Egyptian president and former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed calls to create a unified Arab force capable of opposing regional security threats and called the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power, namely non-Arab Iran.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Carmen Aristegui

The highly regarded Mexican radio show host said that her recent firing was a case of repression of press liberties and that if privileged journalists can be attacked, “imagine the level of vulnerability for other journalists in Mexico.”

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Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

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Could Drones Put Out Forest Fires With This Sound Wave Device?

George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson have discovered a way to extinguish flames with low-frequency sound.

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Robert Scheer Talks Privacy With Scholar Aleecia McDonald

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center hosted Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and scholar Aleecia McDonald in a public conversation about the themes at the center of Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

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Bibi and Boehner

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‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a new proxy war in the Middle East as the U.S. supports Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Also, Ted Cruz announces his run for president and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election.

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Greece Submits Reform Proposals and Warnings to Eurozone Creditors

Their country would stop cooperating with creditors if negotiations failed and aid was not forthcoming, government leaders said as they submitted a long-awaited list of 18 policy reforms to eurozone administrators.

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‘I Feel No Anger Toward Andreas Lubitz,’ Says One Crash Victim’s Father

The father of 37-year-old Robert Oliver Calvo, an American victim of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, said he does not feel anger toward the copilot in the tragedy. Instead, he says, his thoughts are with Lubitz’s family.

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China Ramps Up Rhetoric on Climate Change

A senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure projects.

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The Mark of Terror

French prosecutor Brice Robin has said, “There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack” in Germanwings copilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz’s crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside. But I disagree.

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U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

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Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

The nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, claims that because of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the spy agency can no longer use the same old “state secrets” defense.

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Founding Fathers

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Arizona

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Obamacake

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Oregonians Are ‘Mad as Hell’ About Trade Deals That Threaten Their Food Supply

Angry over losing a ballot measure to label GMO foods, Oregon residents are urging Sen. Ron Wyden to say no to fast-tracking the TPP and the TTIP.

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Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

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The Buried Giant

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The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

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Germanwings Copilot Who Crashed Plane ‘Hid Illness From Employers’ (Video)

Prosecutors point to a torn-up note from a doctor as evidence that the copilot who killed himself and 149 other people when he crashed a commercial jet into the French Alps on Tuesday suffered from an illness.

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Study: Human Evolution Has Not Slowed Down

The largest ever genetics study of a single population suggests that humans are evolving faster than scientists previously thought.

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California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

The battle over California’s limited water supply is pitting the people against the new “water barons”—Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto and their ilk—who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

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Eyes in the Sky See Seas Rising Alarmingly Faster

Scientists analysing sophisticated satellite data warn that rises in sea level more rapid than expected are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security.

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Budgeting Bombs

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Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

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Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore.

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Cruz

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Ted Cruz and the GOP

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