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Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

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Another Young Black Man Gunned Down by Missouri Cops (Graphic Video)

Kajieme Powell, 25, was described as “behaving erratically” and carrying a knife Tuesday when officers arrived at a St. Louis sidewalk where he stood after allegedly stealing two cans of soda from a nearby store. A bystander’s video seems to show police officers firing 12 shots in rapid succession as Powell slumps to the ground.

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Pentagon Forbids Military Personnel to Read News Website

Citing claims of a potential “new leaker,” the U.S. military has blocked and banned its employees from visiting The Intercept, the NSA-focused investigative news website founded by Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar.

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Putting the Police Under Surveillance

In some places in America, a black man holding a toy gun or a banana is more likely to be shot by the police than a white man with an actual gun. We live in a country of lethal fruit.

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The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count.

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The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence

In witnessing the state reaction to the brutal killing of Michael Brown, we recognize violence as a major mode of control in corporate-dominated societies.

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The American Cult of Bombing

When you do something again and again only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

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Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic—and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

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Paying Jabbar Collins $10 Million Doesn’t Address Problems With Prosecutors

A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man will receive millions in compensation from New York City, but that doesn’t address the broader lack of consequences when prosecutors abuse their power.

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Post-Racial America Alert

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What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

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Stephen Colbert: If We Put a Woman on the Dollar Bill, It’ll Be Worth Only 77 Cents

“The Colbert Report” is on a summer break, but here’s a great clip you may have missed about women on U.S. currency.

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Eric Holder in Ferguson: ‘I Am Also a Black Man’

The nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer and the first African-American attorney general is now physically in the center of the racially charged uprising in Ferguson, Mo.

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The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

Four miles south of the Ferguson protest’s ground zero, along the same street, in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

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Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

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Let’s Talk About Race

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Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

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ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

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The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

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Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise

For decades, Missouri has spawned or attracted many of the nation’s most virulent racists, including neo-Nazis and the remnants of the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan.

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Missouri Policeman Threatens Al-Jazeera Journalist: ‘I’ll Bust Your Head Open’

Some police officers in St. Louis County, Mo., have apparently taken longer than others to notice that the whole world is watching them. 

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Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Stage Musical Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Singing legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson will be putting on a show on a family farm in Nebraska on Sept. 27, and their motives are political as well as musical.

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I’ll Trade My Facebook Profile in Exchange for Job Security

Researchers are predicting that increasing numbers of people will be willing to give their employers access to their social media profiles in order to keep their jobs, according to a study reported in The Guardian.

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Ferguson Turmoil Continues With Another Shooting, More Arrests

The face-off between police and protesters in and around Ferguson, Mo., continued Tuesday, with tensions further kindled by reports of another police shooting and by more details about slain teenager Michael Brown.

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‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities

Amy Goodman interviews UC Berkeley professor John A. Powell on Tuesday about Ferguson, Mo. Powell says two of the most important issues of policing poor communities is whether there’s trust, and whether authorities recognize the humanity of those they are charged to protect.

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Israel and the United States Are Headed For a Breakup

Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

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30,000 Protesters Breach Pakistan’s ‘Red Zone’

A huge crowd of protesters organized by a cricket star and a cleric have pushed past barbed wire and barricades to make their way ever closer to Parliament in Islamabad.

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Gov. Rick Perry to Turn Himself In

As of Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first occupant of his office to be indicted in nearly a century, and as of Tuesday, the Lone Star State’s top executive was ready to turn himself in to the local authorities as he stands accused of abusing his power.

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Rick Perry Campaigns Behind Bars

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Are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Fooling Us All?

A writer warns against “progressives” who support “war and empire” and cower rather than condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza; with Jeff Bezos as its owner, The Washington Post has started adding “Buy Now” buttons that link to Amazon; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is criticized for her lavish demands at speaking engagements. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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John Oliver on Ferguson: Police Are Not Soldiers, So Why Are They Wearing Fucking Camo?

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how U.S. towns like Ferguson became militarized with the excuse of the drug war and 9/11 and offers some possible solutions to the conflict in Missouri.

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Perry Indicted

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Israel: Crowd Shouts ‘Death to Arabs’ at Jewish-Muslim Wedding

An Israeli crowd gathered outside the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Lezion, shouting “death to Arabs” on Sunday.

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The Disease of American Democracy

Most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

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The New Jim Crow: Has the Right Finally Repealed the Civil Rights Act?

The 45 million African-Americans in the United States are unequal before the law vis-a-vis European-Americans and becoming more so.

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The Ones Left Behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

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What to Look for in Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.

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People Just Love John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a Couple

The new independent film “Love Is Strange” by director Ira Sachs is getting rave reviews.

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Governor Sends National Guard to Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., police officers were widely criticized for their overly militarized response to public protests, but on Gov. Jay Nixon’s orders, the actual military is coming to town.

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More Protests, Troops, an Autopsy and Amnesty International in Ferguson

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered National Guard troops into Ferguson, a preliminary autopsy revealed that police shot teen Michael Brown six times. Amnesty International ordered a delegation to monitor developments, and a local pastor called for the police chief’s resignation after department leaks muddied clarity of the lead-up to the teen’s death.

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Julian Assange Announces He’s Leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London ‘Soon’

The WikiLeaks founder told journalists at a news conference Monday that he can confirm he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after two years refuge there, though he stated that his departure was “probably not” due to reasons “the Murdoch press” and others have surmised.

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