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Water Is Being Used as a Weapon of War in Syria, Red Cross Says

Deliberate cuts to water and electricity supplies are causing significant suffering to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the aid organization.

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New Poll Finds Scotland Would Vote for Independence in a Second Referendum

The survey suggests that 53 percent of Scottish voters would vote “Yes” and 44 percent would vote “No,” with 3 percent undecided.

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Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal With Senator’s Endorsement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord Wednesday. The 34th Democrat in favor, her vote means that Obama has enough Senate votes to uphold his veto if Congress rejects the July deal as expected.

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Malala Yousafzai Calls on World Powers to Spend Their Money on ‘Books, Not Bullets’

The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize-winner is certainly wise beyond her years, and global leaders would do well to heed her latest piece of advice.

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Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to Jail

The award-winning Azerbaijani journalist and Truthdig Global Voices contributor, whose investigations revealed corruption and graft by her country’s ruling family, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail Tuesday.

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Pope Francis Tells Priests to Pardon Women Who Have Abortions

The pope has moved against church tradition and empowered priests to absolve women who have had abortions of the stigma associated with the decision in the Catholic church community.

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Risk of New Katrinas Rises as Climate Warms

Climate change may drastically increase the risk of simultaneous cyclones and storm surges striking populous coastlines around the world.

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U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

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Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Be Charged a Higher Price by Princeton Review

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services.

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VIDEO: Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Democrats and Public Rally on Iran Deal

The Israel lobbies don’t win every fight on Capitol Hill, but they have tended to win the big ones in recent decades. This time, they are going down.

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One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You

In a troubling and unprecedented action, North Dakota has legalized police use of drones carrying “less than lethal” weapons. Warrants? None needed. Other states could follow unless laws are written to stop this chilling threat. 

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James Bond Writer Anthony Horowitz Apologizes to Idris Elba for ‘Street’ Insult

Actor Idris Elba, who starred in “The Wire,” has all the makings of a killer James Bond, which would explain the persistent public campaign to urge the filmmakers behind the long-running spy franchise to pass the torch to him after Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 ends.

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California to Move Thousands of Prisoners out of Solitary Confinement

Finally, some better news from our nation’s prison-industrial complex: California announced Tuesday that thousands of inmates in the state’s prisons would be shifted out of solitary confinement.

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Women’s Health Services Take a Hit in Attack on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been enduring a reinvigorated assault from the right of late, and once again, because all the services of the women’s health organization are being filed under the heading of “abortion,” the whole “women’s health” aspect is overshadowed. Guess who loses?

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Clinton Called for More Debates in 2008—Now She’s Dodging Them

One campaign that has refused to join the call for additional debates is Hillary Clinton’s—leading many to believe that the Democratic National Committee is effectively stacking the deck in her favor.

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The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader

The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Voting Rights

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Hillary’s Email

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A Genius Educator, Donald Trump and the Spread of Political Correctness

Rafe Esquith, teaching phenom of fifth-graders at Hobart Elementary School, ran afoul of the school’s administration, initially because of a joke overheard by a colleague.

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VIDEO: Russell Brand Tires of ‘Cyclical News’, Puts ‘The Trews’ Series on Indefinite Pause

The comedian and host of “The Trews” is calling it quits on his popular political YouTube series, at least for the time being.

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Iceland Said It Would Take Only 50 Syrian Refugees, So 10,000 Icelanders Offered Up Their Own Homes

Sometimes governments fail miserably to reflect the humanitarian desires of their own people.

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Enter the Bear: Is Russia Planning Airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria? (Video)

The Israeli press is reporting that Iran has made a firmer military alliance with the Russian Federation in Syria and that Moscow is sending pilots to Damascus to fly missions in that country against Islamic State and other Muslim extremist groups.

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Ghoul’s Glossary: ‘Migrants’ or ‘Refugees’ or ‘Anchor Babies’? (Video)

Migrants: Those who voluntarily go to another country to live and work, seeking a better life.

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70 Years After V-J Day, Still No Honor for Japanese Empire’s ‘Comfort Women’

The abuse and sacrifice they experienced in World War II goes unheeded, while Western countries institutionalize sexual exploitation of women.

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Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

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Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

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How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

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China and Russia Are Cross-Indexing Hacked Data to Identify U.S. Spies, Officials Say

U.S. officials report that foreign spy services, including those operated by China and Russia, are organizing hacked U.S. computer databases to target U.S. intelligence officers and agents.

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Bernie Sanders Says He Wouldn’t End Drone Program

In a television interview Sunday, the presidential candidate said he would limit the use of drones but would not put an end to the targeted killing campaign outright.

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Protecting and Serving With Taser-Armed Drones

North Dakota recently passed a bill that will allow cops to use armed drones to police the state; a writer makes the argument for showing on-air killings on the media; meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity has plummeted only a few years into his presidency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

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After Tight Iowa Poll, Sanders Underscores His Policy Differences With Hillary Clinton

A new poll showed Bernie Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton by only seven percentage points in Iowa, attracting 30 percent of Democratic voters after one-third of Clinton’s supporters transferred allegiance to him.

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Families of China’s ‘Disappeared’ Describe Country as Place of ‘Fear and Panic’

The families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a government crackdown on human rights advocates in July have demanded to know the condition and whereabouts of their loved ones.

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Top 5 Green Energy Breakthroughs Today (Video)

Switching to green energy sources such as wind and solar is necessary to save the planet from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which cause global warming. And it will also save you money.

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64% of Psychology Experiments Fail Replication Test

An international team of experts found that of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, the results of just 25 percent of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies could be replicated in independent trials.

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Palestine Overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants

If there were a Palestinian Donald Trump, he’d be fulminating against illegal immigrants swamping the Palestinian West Bank—1 in 6 of whom are American.

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Growing Evidence Ties High Antibiotics Use to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Frequent users of antibiotics were about 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than those who had taken the drugs infrequently, researchers in Denmark found.

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Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

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European Union Calls for Emergency Talks About Refugee Crisis

As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

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Oliver Sacks, Neurological Innovator and ‘Awakenings’ Author, Dies at 82

Hollywood might have granted him fame, but the renowned psychiatrist’s valuable work deserved to be amplified, however the means.

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The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.

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