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‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’

A New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel depicts a shrewd politician cast in the mold of our age: bland, personally reserved and entirely uninterested in challenging the prevailing neoliberal order.

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Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

After 13 years of doing its damnedest, the U.S. has overseen the rise of the dominant narco-state on the planet with monopoly control over up to 90 percent of the global opium supply and 75 percent of the heroin. It’s also been complicit in the creation of the first terrorist mini-oil state in history, a post-al-Qaeda triumph of extreme jihadism.

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Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

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John Oliver on the Most Ridiculous Thanksgiving Tradition

Why does the president pardon one turkey every year anyway?

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Thanksgiving Was Always About Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make It Green Again

The popular story about Thanksgiving is an environmental parable that we would do well to remember today.

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Gratitude in a Warring World

As my children’s seventh Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to teach my boys that the holiday is about more than football and stomachaches.

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Thank a Politician Today

It’s a rotten moment to be an elected official. This Thanksgiving, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat.

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This Thanksgiving, Let’s Talk About Genocide Rather Than Pilgrims and ‘Friendly Indians’

American Indians are not simply a footnote in our collective origin story. They are here because they have survived genocide.

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Video of Protests in Wake of Ferguson Decision

Protests against police brutality and the St. Louis County, Mo., grand jury decision to clear Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown continue.

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Ukraine Cuts Financial Ties to Rebel Territories

Just in time for the holidays, Kiev has limited access to credit cards and bank accounts, and promised to cut off funds for hospitals and schools.

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Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

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The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

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Human Rights Groups Accuse Mexican Authorities of Abusing Power to ‘Quell Mass Protest Movement’

Human rights groups are speaking out about the 11 peaceful demonstrators who they believe were unjustly arrested at a Mexico City march spurred by the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

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Russell Brand on Ferguson Decision: Are We Living in a Corrupt World With No Possibility for Change?

After talking passionately about the deaths of Michael Brown and 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of policemen, the “Trews” host exclaims, “What Ferguson has become is a microcosmic cauldron of centuries of racial oppression.”

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Ferguson Isn’t the Only Place Where Police Are Protected by a Broken System

The recent ruling by a St. Louis grand jury on Michael Brown’s shooting sheds light on just how difficult it is to indict a cop; the apocalypse may have something to do with indifference toward climate change; meanwhile, a teacher uses a scrap of paper to teach his students a valuable lesson about inequality and privilege. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ferguson: Baffling Decisions Continue to Provoke a Traumatized Community

There is no question that the Michael Brown case has been mishandled from the very beginning. With the news conference Monday by St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch, we now know that it was mishandled to the very end.

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Race Inequality Between U.S. Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers

With regard to employment, African-Americans got hit harder by the Bush Depression than did whites, and jobs have not come back for them at nearly the same rate.

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Does Post-Grand Jury Press

As for why Wilson pursued and fired at Michael Brown when the unarmed teenager was running away, he said, “My job isn’t to just sit and wait.”

 

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Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent

Where police show restraint, demonstrators often reciprocate.

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A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

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Why North Dakota’s Oil Boom Threatens Towns and Cities Nationwide

Using rail networks to transport crude has saved the oil and gas industry time and capital, but the trade-off is greater risk.

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Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Exits, Let’s Take a Look at an Islamic State Scorecard

I don’t see anyone talking about how the Defense Department’s response to Islamic State has gone.

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What’s the Problem With Gay Public Displays of Affection?

Apparently some people just can’t deal with gay PDAs, and, surprisingly, it’s not just heterosexuals who get uncomfortable; a former Israeli intelligence leader expresses his fears about the future of Zionism; meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a small town in Poland for being a “hermaphrodite” who “exposes himself in public.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Islamic State Executes 26 Sunni Tribesmen in Campaign to Take Ramadi

Islamic State (known in Arabic as Daesh) has mounted a major offensive in a bid to take Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar Province in western Iraq.

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Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

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Still No Justice for Michael Brown

In the coming days, as I and countless others pore over the evidence presented to the grand jury, I will be asking at least two basic questions.

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Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies

Speaking to a conference on women and justice Sunday, possibly having teleported from the 1930s, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women are simply not equal to men.

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Michael Brown’s Shooter Will Not Be Indicted

The grand jury investigating the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

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Truthdig Wins National Award for Coverage of Pasadena College’s Commencement Debacle

Congratulations to Kasia Anderson, who won a 2014 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for her story on Pasadena City College’s awkward and offensive treatment of one of its most famous alumni, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

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Five Reasons Why John Boehner’s Obamacare Lawsuit Doesn’t Pass the Straight-Face Test

When I heard in June that House Speaker John Boehner threatened to sue the Obama administration for implementing health care and immigration reform via executive order, I not only cracked a wry grin, I nearly doubled over in laughter, thinking that such a case would never see daylight.

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‘Normal Barbie’ With Zits, Bruises and Stretch Marks Will Soon Be on the Market

You can say goodbye to all your old disproportionate Barbies thanks to designer Nickolay Lamm’s new doll; Obama may have set a precedent for a conservative president with his executive orders; meanwhile, studies show infants recognize the language they hear when born even after years of no longer speaking it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Kids Shooting Kids

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Wall Street’s Takeover of American Pensions: ‘A Policy Justified Entirely on Ignorance’

A key part of Wall Street’s $300 million expenditure on the recent midterm elections is the goal of moving as much of working Americans’ $3 trillion that sits in unguarded government pension funds into “privately managed, high-fee investments” as possible.

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Malarkey on the Potomac

Unlike my friend M, the well-informed and normally sober Washington Post columnist David Ignatius clings to the fantasy that “Iraq” is or ought to be politically viable, militarily capable, and socially cohesive. But surely this qualifies as wishful thinking.

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Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

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Cleveland Police Kill 12-Year-Old African-American Boy Carrying Fake Gun

As America continues to reel from the killing of Michael Brown in Missouri, news has spread from Ohio that a black child was shot by local authorities Saturday afternoon while carrying a replica gun at a playground.

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Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

A controversial bill approved by the Israeli cabinet is much worse than that of Mississippi fundamentalists who want to declare Mississippi a principally Christian state.

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Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

The collapse of politics and the advent of corporate totalitarianism mean we must rely on a class of people whose sole vocation is revolution.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Feinberg

The obituary of the pioneering transgender activist and author of the award-winning 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues reads like a biography of the instinct for justice.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. Dies at 78

Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during the civil rights era and spent four terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., died late Saturday night in his hometown at age 78.

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Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

“The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.”

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