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Top 5 Differences Between Hamas and Islamic State (Pace Netanyahu)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at the U.N. to a half-empty hall in which he tried to exemplify the most logical fallacies in a short period of time.

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Protect Temp Workers

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

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Why Obama Underestimated IS in Syria and Iraq

President Obama admitted on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the U.S. had underestimated the military potential of Islamic State.

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Hong Kong’s Massive Protest Looks Even Bigger From the Air

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Get the Authorization

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

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Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

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Fact: Coffee Is Good for You

People “give up” coffee the way they do cigarettes and red meat, but numerous studies tell us that unlike those other vices, America’s liquid breakfast of choice has many health benefits.

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Hong Kong Protesters Urged to Continue Demonstrating

An organizer of Hong Kong’s peaceful pro-democracy civil disobedience movement urged thousands of people to keep up protests across the city until the government responds to their demands.

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‘Don’t You Dare Tell Me to Check My Privilege’

In a February essay, British columnist Julie Burchill takes aim at the “rainbow coalition of cranks and charlatans” that made “class guilt, sexual kinks, personal prejudice and repressed lust for power” what “modern, non-working-class left-wing politics is about.”

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There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

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The Wilderness Act Turns 50

The Wilderness Act of 1964 embodied a revolutionary act of justice. It legislated compassion toward the planet by insisting that we humans must stop and leave certain lands alone and not take anything more from them. It made a down payment on giving Earth its due.

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Warmer Atlantic Widens Invader’s Hunting Ground

The exotic lionfish, already a long way from the reefs of its Indo-Pacific home, is heading further north up the U.S. coast as global warming causes big changes in ocean habitats.

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We Need to Raise Most People’s Wages to Grow the Economy for the Majority, Not the 1 Percent

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

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Iraq: Shiites Paralyzed by Infighting as Islamic State Menaces Baghdad

The pan-Arab London daily al-Sharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] is reporting from a source inside the new Iraqi government that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, now one of three largely symbolic vice presidents, is attempting to undermine his successor, Haider al-Abadi.

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Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

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CEO Pay

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Koch Gourmet

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jacob George

Tragic news of the young veteran received enormous attention over the past week. Friends and fellow veterans remember his warmth, wisdom and commitment to bringing the horrors of war to an end.

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Austerity-Hit Britons Have Sex Less Than Once a Week

A British Observer survey found that the average British adult has sex just four times a month, a drop from a 2008 figure of seven times a month, prompting questions of whether the change has anything to do with the ongoing economic doldrums.

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Catalans Call for November Independence Vote

The leader of Spain’s wealthy northeast region opposed the country’s central government in Madrid on Saturday and formally called for a referendum on independence.

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War on Extremism

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California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the Western U.S., a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

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Coexisting

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Climate Neutralized

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The UAE’s First Female Fighter Pilot Called ‘Boobs on the Ground’ by Fox News Host

The fact that the United Arab Emirates’ Mariam Al Mansouri is leading airstrikes against Islamic State has some social media users in a sexist uproar, but none compare with the illustrious “Five” on Fox News whose hosts are perfect evidence that misogyny isn’t unique to the Middle East.

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Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Cleanup Role

New scientific research confirms that global warming is melting increasingly larger areas of Arctic sea ice—and reducing its vital function of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

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What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

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White House Message

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Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

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Oil and Gas Companies Are Rigging Wages and Cheating Their Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

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U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Holder and the Truth about the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the British Parliament’s vote to support attacks against Islamic State in Syria, President Obama’s speech at the United Nations Climate Summit and the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Scheer criticizes as an enormous disappointment.

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Beverly Hills, Fearing ISIS Attack, Fights Public Transportation

The city with the most famous ZIP code in the world has spent years and millions of dollars trying to block a public subway expansion through its gilded gates, but its reasoning has slipped into the absurd.

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Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

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How Much Control Does Goldman Sachs Have Over the Federal Reserve?

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks.

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A Pension Jackpot for Wall Street

Most consumers understand that when you pay an above-market premium, you shouldn’t expect to get a below-average product. Why, then, is this principle often ignored when it comes to managing billions of dollars in public pension systems?

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Ebola Check

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South Carolina Cop Shot Black Man for No Apparent Reason

In a Sept. 4 incident captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera, a South Carolina state trooper fired and apparently hit a black man who was complying with the officer’s request to retrieve and hand over his driver’s license.

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Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul

A fascinating new book about the Afghan subculture of “bacha posh,” in which families without boys designate their young daughters to live as honorary sons.

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Latte Salute

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Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

If the Gulf of Guinea rings any bells at all, it’s probably because of the Ebola outbreak in, and upcoming U.S. military “surge” into, Liberia, the nation on the northern edge of that body of water. But for those in the know, the Gulf itself is an intractable hot spot on a vast continent filled with them and yet another area where U.S. military efforts have fallen short.

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Croplands Changed by Climate’s Ups and Downs

New research shows that the complex balance of gains and losses caused by climate change could mean more land being available for agriculture—but fewer harvests.

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Climate Expenses

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson: He’s Sorry, but He’s Not Leaving (Video)

Although the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., happened less than two months ago, that event transformed the community and put the spotlight on issues of race relations and police brutality in the U.S. for all the world to see.

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