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The Top Six Signs That Islamic State Is Doomed (Video)

Here are some signs that we won’t be talking about the Islamic State group in just a few years.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

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40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

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Boy Scouts of America Ends Ban on Openly Gay Leaders

The new policy still allows church-organized local units to consider sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Scout groups.

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Obama Slams Republican Candidates’ ‘Lack of Decorum’

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, the president lashed out at Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during an official visit to Ethiopia.

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Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

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Search for Missing Students in Mexico Finds Corpses of at Least 129 Other People

None of the bodies uncovered have been linked to the Ayotzinapa students missing for the past 10 months.

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International Monetary Fund Warns of Bad Outlook for the Eurozone

The international financial organization has warned of economic trouble ahead for the eurozone as worry over Greece lingers, unemployment remains high and the banking sector struggles to shake off the residue of the financial crisis.

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WATCH: White Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at Black Lives Matter Summit in Cleveland

A transit police officer pepper-sprayed a crowd in Cleveland protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy outside a Black Lives Matter conference held against police brutality in the U.S.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

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Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

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VIDEO: Native Americans Killed by Cops at Highest Rate of Any Ethnic Group in the U.S.

“The police serve as a colonial occupying force in these [Native American] communities,” according to the family lawyer of Paul Castaway, a mentally ill citizen of the Rosebud Sioux tribe who was recently shot to death by Denver police.

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Turkey’s New ‘War on Terror’ Mainly Targets Kurds (Video)

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (Islamic State) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead.

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VIDEO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Talks Tough About Gun Control ... in Other States

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made an appearance on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” and departed from the GOP script on gun control by recommending stricter standards in states other than his own.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama in Kenya: ‘No Excuse’ for Violence Against Women

President Obama continued his diplomatic visit to Kenya on Sunday with a speech focusing on gender issues including sexual violence, education and the forced marriage of minors.

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Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Covered California

A cap on the prices of prescribed medications should have been a feature of Obamacare. It wasn’t, so a California agency has stepped in to limit the amount patients in California can be charged for drugs.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Aides’ Wall Street Ties Raise Economic Policy Doubts

The Wall Street connections of two of Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aides are forcing progressives to ask how the economic policy of a future Clinton White House would be any different from that which brought the economy to the brink in 2008.

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Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

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Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

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Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Has Doubled Since March, Poll Shows

Bad news for Hillary: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating has increased to 24 percent, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Rape Survivors Are Fighting Sexual Violence in India

Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Ends Two-Year Cease-Fire With Attacks on Kurdish Militant Camps in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s air force is attacking Islamic State targets in Syria and Kurdistan Worker’s Party militants in northern Iraq, according to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



World’s First Malaria Vaccine Approved

After 28 years of development, European regulators have given the green light to the world’s first malaria vaccine. The disease killed an estimated 584,000 people in 2013, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE


LISTEN: ‘The Look of Silence’ Helps Indonesians See the Genocide They’re Afraid to Discuss

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about the influence his films “The Act of Killing” and the just-released “The Look of Silence” have had on life in Indonesia, where the perpetrators of a 50-year-old massacre still hold power.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE


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LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Candidates on the Economy, Race and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the various presidential candidates and their positions on the economy and racial issues. Would Hillary Clinton make any real break from Wall Street? Why is Donald Trump leading in the polls? And is a vote for Bernie Sanders tantamount to support for a Republican victory?

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Judge Says Migrant Children Are Being Held in ‘Widespread Deplorable Conditions,’ Orders Release

Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee has deemed that the detention of Central American migrant children and mothers at the U.S. border not only violates American law but also jeopardizes the families’ health and safety.

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Cosby’s Consent

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VIDEO: Donald Trump Was a ‘POW’ ... Yes, Wharton Is Hell

Like Sen. John McCain, presidential hopeful Donald Trump suffered torture during the Vietnam War, says Funny or Die.

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Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Medicare turns 50 next week and it’s more popular than ever. Yet it continues to be blamed for America’s current and future budget problems.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics (Video)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it also has a geopolitical and economic dimension.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Here’s the Terrible Mistake Progressives Must Not Make

Of course black lives matter. But it would be a mistake for progressives to split into separate “Black lives matter” and “economic justice” movements.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘White People’ Provokes Strong Reactions From Twitter Users, Including Creator Jose Antonio Vargas

People of color tended to comment on the fleeting nature of racial reflection, while others peppered the documentary with accusations of bias.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Amy Schumer, Donald Trump and Others React to Louisiana ‘Trainwreck’ Theater Shooting

Patton Oswalt, Sugar Ray Leonard and Bill de Blasio are among those weighing in after the shooting that left three dead and nine wounded in Lafayette.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Slur Stokes Phony Republican Fury

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Private Prison Lobbyists Are Top Fundraisers for Hillary Clinton

Laws governing crime and incarceration could deliver more inmates and profits to the private prison industry if Clinton is elected president.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Genes That Determine Ability in Reading and Math Are the Same

A study suggests that a student’s weakness in one academic subject over others is likely caused by environmental factors, such as teaching.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



More 2016 Candidates Embrace the Donald Trump Zeitgeist ... Including Hillary Clinton

For all the hype he’s generated, Donald Trump is not the only presidential hopeful willing to make utterly mind-boggling statements.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Barbarian Days

William Finnegan’s memoir about surfing has more depth than many about other addictions. Nothing, not even his cliched dream of chasing waves, is as uncomplicated as it appears.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Emissions Threaten Age of Uncertainty for Carbon Dating

New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can be scientifically dated.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



More Email Trouble for Hillary Clinton

Well, this could muck up the campaign trail for Clinton: On Thursday evening, The New York Times reported that two inspectors general are looking to resuscitate the debate about the Democratic front-runner’s emails from her tenure as secretary of state, and they mean business.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



3 Killed, 7 Wounded During ‘Trainwreck’ Screening at Louisiana Theater

Three people died and seven others were injured at a Lafayette theater Thursday night after a gunman opened fire during a screening of “Trainwreck.” One of the dead was reported to be the shooter.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE


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