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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

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Madonna and Manchild: Is Adulthood in America a Relic of the Past?

What does Mark Twain’s classic outsider hero Huck Finn have to do with the small army of affable manchildren that actor Seth Rogen has played in Judd Apatow films?

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‘For Cinephiles, Netflix Is Less and Less an Option’

Netflix users seeking rare or less commercially valued titles are finding the company’s streaming and DVD mailer service unequal to their desires, a development that prompts the question of whether technology and free enterprise have led audiences down a dark road to a narrower cultural selection.

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James Foley’s Family Says It Was Intimidated by U.S. Government

Members of the family of the U.S. journalist killed by the Islamic State last month have told various media outlets that the Obama administration “threatened” them with criminal charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to pay a ransom for him.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s New War, Scotland’s Vote, Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss congressional support for Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State. Will it simply leave the problem to the president’s successor? Also, the potential unintended consequences of Scottish independence, and the Senate takes on Citizens United.

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Drought Bites as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to devastating drought.

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Video Shows Witness Saying Michael Brown Had Hands Up When Killed (Video)

Footage of the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August shows a witness on the scene saying the unarmed 18-year-old’s hands were raised when he was killed.

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Jon Stewart: Coalition to Fight Islamic State Looks ‘Awful Christian-y’

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

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Greg Palast: BP Poisoned the Gulf to Make Money

Truthdig contributor and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set” on Wednesday to discuss the “gross negligence” committed by BP and described in a federal judge’s Findings of Fact on the circumstances that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and turned the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of toxic soup.

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Ray Rice Video

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Diabetes Patients Suffer Unregulated and Commercially Unnecessary Hike in Insulin Price

Though Humulin has been on the market for many years for a relatively cheap price, a single monthlong dose of the insulin variety manufactured by Eli Lilly costs $1,200 today—more than five times the amount in 2007. Why? Because the company can charge that much, Eli Lilly’s insulin marketing director said.

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Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

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Illegal Deforestation Is Growing Problem for Climate

Foreign demand for agricultural products worth an estimated $61 billion annually is driving up the devastating rate at which tropical forests are being cleared illegally—and pushing up carbon emissions.

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Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People?

On the 20th anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that shows no evidence of saving lives.

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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School.

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Russia Denounces Obama Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law

Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s plans for taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency

A proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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Republicans’ Reaction to Obama Speech Reveals Much—About Them

Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales

9/11, ISIS and the New Politics of Foreign Policy

Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas.

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Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston

The dogged investigative reporter uses plain language to describe the congressionally prescribed byzantine tax schemes that cheat ordinary Americans to benefit financial elites.

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Sanctions Launched to Staunch Russian Involvement in Ukraine

The Obama administration and its European allies have tightened the screws on Russia, using economic sanctions to cut off that nation’s largest banks, oil producers and defense companies from international finance and technology markets.

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On the Run

The result of six years of intensive fieldwork, “On the Run” examines the precarious lives of men who are in and out of prison, and the devastating effects on already impoverished urban communities.

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Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

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The Rebirth of Family Capitalism

This is the indigenous romance of American capitalism: The man from nowhere rises out of obscurity to unimaginable heights through the application of disciplined effort, commercial cunning, and a gambler’s sang froid in the face of the unforgiving riskiness of the marketplace. Conversely, 19th century Gilded Age anti-capitalists knew this dark fairy tale as “the Property Beast.”

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Weather Patterns Show Climate Is Changing U.S.

Fiercer tornadoes, more prolonged periods of drought and loss of native fish species are some of the damaging impacts predicted for the U.S. as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

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Iraq Boots on the Ground

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New, Condom-Free Birth Control for Men Could Soon Be a Reality

Soon, men may be able to shoulder the burden of contraception without the finality of vasectomy or the muss and fuss of condoms.

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Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

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President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

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Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Shooting Case

Only Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius knows exactly what happened on Feb. 14, 2013, at his home, when the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but murder has now been ruled out as the official explanation.

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Is the Fed Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Governments?

The Federal Reserve just eliminated municipal bonds from its list of high-quality liquid collateral assets. Banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of Treasuries and corporate bonds. The cost of credit will increase for municipal governments and decrease for corporate and financial institutions, and power and financial resources will be further shifted from the public sector to the private sector.

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Executivel Naction

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense

Although U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier found BP liable for “gross negligence” last week, some U.S. media failed to mention that he let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig.

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Cease-Fires in Which Violations Never Cease

The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place—while Hamas observes it—until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called “mowing the lawn” in Israeli parlance.

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Ocean Acidification and GHGs Hit Record Levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

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Gaza War Inspires a Third of Israelis to Consider Leaving the Country

For a variety of reasons, the recent war in the Palestinian territory has persuaded an increasing number of Israelis to give serious thought to emigration, according to one poll; in Gambia, the National Assembly passed a law to imprison people for life for “homosexual acts”; meanwhile, it’s important that the left condemn jihad as vehemently as it does Israeli occupation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert on the Republican Party’s Failed Attempts to Court Female Voters

The midterm elections are coming up, and despite the fact that a Politico poll shows Republicans have serious “lady problems,” as the “Colbert Report” host puts it, most GOP candidates seem hellbent on continuing to ignore and belittle more than half the country’s population.

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Scotland’s About to Vote on Its Independence, Not That America’s Noticed

The U.S. government and media haven’t really weighed in on the Sept. 18 Scottish independence vote, despite the fact that some polls are showing that a majority of Scots will vote yes. And yes, this would have “serious policy ramifications” for America, according to The Guardian’s Nicky Woolf.

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Speech

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ISIL Enemies

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Apple Watch Out

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Obama’s ISIS Actions Are Defensive, Despite Rhetoric of Going on Offensive

President Obama’s speech launching his war on ISIS avoided the qualifications that he had earlier made, which had produced caviling inside the Beltway from politicians who confuse careless belligerency with decisiveness.

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