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Greek Voters Send Decisive Message to European Leaders: No Deal (Updated)

If there was any lingering question about where the majority of Greeks stood on the deal drummed up by European creditors to try to contain Greece’s ongoing financial crisis, early returns from Sunday’s referendum on the bailout package soundly dispelled it.

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Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision in SCOTUS’ 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.

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Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

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A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the saint from whom the pope took his name.

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Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.

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Actor America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Inspiring Something Brilliant in the Latino Community

Rather than chastise the presidential hopeful for his repugnant racist comments about Mexicans, America Ferrera chose to use a more powerful tool: gratitude.

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Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

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Same Thing

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Bring Down the Confederate Flag

On a special Fourth of July episode, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the importance of symbolism. Should the Confederate flag be removed from government property and the sale of anything bearing its image be ended?

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Transport-Sharing Boosts Health, Wealth and Climate

Growing public involvement in programs to share cars and bicycles is clearly good for the environment, and it also saves money and improves people’s health.

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Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to Use the GOP Racial Dog-Whistle Is an Expensive Mistake

Republican candidates who wanted to play to the “angry white men” were in the past slightly more subtle.

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Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. Mine is the pure sunbeam of peace.

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VIDEO: Let’s Talk About the True Meaning of Patriotism This Fourth of July

True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag.

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Wedding Cakes

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

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Trump: A Farce to Be Reckoned With

Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call “that thing on Donald Trump’s head.”

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Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

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Scientists Warn Giant Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands Is Leaking

One hundred and eleven thousand cubic yards of radioactive debris lies within Runit Dome, a “hulking legacy of years of U.S. nuclear testing” whose fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking from violent weather associated with climate change.

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VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

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Puerto Rico Is Emptying of People as Its Economy Disintegrates

As Puerto Rico begins to ration water, close schools and lose its health care system under the weight of a $73 billion debt, tens of thousands of its inhabitants are fleeing to the United States, where prospects of finding a better life are dim.

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NYC Restaurant Per Se Settles Complaint That It Stiffed Waiters

One of New York City’s most expensive restaurants has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a complaint that it funneled tip money intended for its servers back to the restaurant.

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A God In Ruins

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A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

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Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

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African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

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Breaking With Europe, IMF Calls Greek Debt Program ‘Unsustainable’

The International Monetary Fund, part of the troika of financial organizations currently demanding austerity from Greece, “electrified the referendum debate in Greece after it conceded that the crisis-ridden country needs” $55 billion in extra funds and large-scale debt relief to create “breathing space” and stabilize its economy, The Guardian reports.

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The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.

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Whole Foods Co-CEOs’ Mea Culpa: ‘We Made Some Mistakes’

Now that Whole Foods’ tag-team CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have admitted that “inadvertent” mistakes were made in raising prices on products in New York City stores, it remains to be seen whether consumers will buy their explanation.

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VIDEO: Massive Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee in Saskatchewan

Among the many wildfires currently roiling Alaska, Washington and other parts of North America is a series of smoke-spewing infernos that have forced about 3,000 people from their homes in several communities in the northern region of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

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The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

The greatest power in history can’t build a single mile of high-speed rail? And its Congress is mired in an argument about whether funds can even be raised to keep its highways more or less pothole-free?

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Clown Car

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Scalia’s Poetry Slam

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EU Bailout Terms Are Designed to Force Syriza From Power

The aim of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU powers in the Greek debt crisis is “apparently to humiliate Tsipras and his government in preparation for its early replacement with a more pliable administration,” writes Seamus Milne, associate editor of The Guardian.

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Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

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If You Think What the EU Is Doing to Greece Is Bad, Look at What the U.S. Is Doing to Puerto Rico

The scenario playing out in Puerto Rico sure does feel like déjà vu, with one terrifying difference.

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Chris Christie

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The New York Times Found a Way to Upset the Internet and Get Everyone to Agree on One Thing

Rather than offer terrible culinary advice, perhaps the newspaper should report on more pressing matters.

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Bernie Sanders’ Madison Visit Attracts Biggest Crowd Any Candidate Has Drawn So Far

The Democratic Party’s left wing is fed up and isn’t going to take it anymore. Americans in opinion polling overwhelmingly favor the positions of Bernie Sanders on most political and social issues.

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VIDEO: Chomsky on Greece: A ‘Savage Response’ for Standing Up to Austerity ‘Class War’

In an interview for “Democracy Now!” Noam Chomsky comments on the challenges faced by Greece’s leading party, Syriza.

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‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your Fourth of July?’

Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

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How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

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U.S. to Open Embassy in Havana

Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama has been hailed as the most significant step so far in ending half a century of discord between the two countries.

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VIDEO: Michael Hudson and Bill Black: A Greek Bailout Is Really a Bailout of Western Banks

The esteemed U.S. political economists say Western financial institutions are keen to bail out Greece because if they don’t, the country’s existing creditors—other Western financial institutions—will fail to recover money they previously lent to Greece.

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Jon Stewart: Thanks to SCOTUS, Americans Can Still Kill Prisoners Painfully and Everyone Else Slowly

After celebrating SCOTUS’ momentous decisions on same-sex marriage, the Fair Housing Act and Obamacare, the “Daily Show” host has one more thing to say to the Supreme Court justices: “What the fuck?”

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