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The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn’t explain these 10 songs or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

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Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

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Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

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NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

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Colonization by Bankruptcy: High-Stakes Chess for Argentina

Territories were once captured by military might. Today they are annexed by debt. Destitute nations are driven into international bankruptcy courts that could do with whole countries what bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a single shot being fired.

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The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

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Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

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2014 and the Limits of Rage

The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races.

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

Professor Chandler Davis, still feisty in his late 80s, has just written a personal letter to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise urging her to rescind the firing of Professor Steven Salaita.

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The Guns of August

What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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Jon Stewart on Fox Ferguson Coverage: ‘White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Teen’ Does Sound Terrible

“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?” the “Daily Show” host asks of Fox News’ pundits on the show’s first day back from a summer break. 

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Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

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Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

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Michael Brown’s Funeral

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Atlas Meets Climate Change

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Playwright Sees Blatant Racism in ADL Ad About Israel’s Killing of Children in Gaza

Wallace Shawn translated an ad by the Anti-Defamation League into “plain English” and he found a disturbing message; a Chinese chef meets his end when cooking with a dangerous ingredient; meanwhile, a binational Israel-Palestine state may not be as far off as many think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Thousands of Birds Meet a Fiery End at the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Solar power also comes at a price, and in the case of California’s BrightSource Energy plant, the cost may be the lives of 28,000 wild creatures.

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Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

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Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?

Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012.

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The Guilt-Free Phone Made Specifically for Socially Conscious Buyers

Smartphones are amazing, but they’re also made by exploited workers using illicit materials that help foster war and add to global toxic pollution when we’re done with them in about two years.

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On Art and Politics: A Letter to the Millennials

There is a sense in which art, politics and economics are all inextricably and symbiotically tied together, but history has proven to us that art serves as a powerful corrective against the dangers of the establishment.

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Netanyahu Has Staying Power Despite a Dip in the Polls

The number crunchers at the somewhat conservative Jerusalem Post have taken a look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s polling and determined that he was at his most popular (82 percent approval) when he sent ground troops into Gaza. Israeli casualties appear to have kneecapped his popularity.

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Sounds of Michael Brown Shooting Allegedly Caught in Audio Clip

A new audio clip released by an unidentified man from Ferguson, Mo., allegedly captures the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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How Many of Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters Are American?

According to U.S. officials and his uncle, 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain of San Diego died last week while fighting for ISIS in Syria.

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ISIS Recognition

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Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down

Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

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World Falling Apart

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New Details About Louisiana Resident Victor White III’s Shooting Challenge Police Account

How did 22-year-old African-African man Victor White III manage to shoot himself in March while handcuffed and in the back of a deputy’s car parked at the New Iberia, La., sheriff’s station? Turns out an official report released that month by Louisiana State Police may not have told the whole story about his death.

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John Oliver’s Hysterical Explanation of Why Women Getting Paid Less Than Men Is Outrageous

In a “Last Week Tonight” clip that was posted online Monday during the show’s hiatus, John Oliver delivers two of the most memorable metaphors for the wage gap to date, followed by a faux commercial for the currency every sexist boss has dreamed of.

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This Week in Anti-Rape Fashion: A ‘Life-Saving Nail Polish’

It’s seriously time to stop pouring resources into developing fun, stylish anti-rape products for victims to prevent their own assault.

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Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

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The Best Reporting on California’s Drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt’s bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies.

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Gaza Update: Don’t Expect Quick Action by the International Criminal Court

The initiative to push the ICC into action rests with the Palestinians, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is stalling.

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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

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When Mistakes Become Deadly

To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal.

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Where to Watch Sir Richard Attenborough’s Five Best Movies Right Now

One of film’s most beloved actors and directors died Sunday after 90 years of life and a career that somehow made giants of the 20th century (including Mahatma Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley, above) seem even grander.

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Obamacare, Beyond the Label

The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.

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Miley Cyrus Injects MTV Award Show With Concern for the Homeless

The pop star regarded as controversial for her sexual antics had a 22-year-old homeless man accept her MTV Video Music Award in her place Sunday night at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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Airstrikes Will Not Defeat ISIS, Scholar Says

“It’s very unlikely that U.S. airstrikes will be able to stop” the Sunni fundamentalist group’s march across Syria and Iraq, professor Vijay Prashad tells “Democracy Now!” on Monday. A coalition of regional militaries and even militias is needed.

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