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Ecuadorean Official: The U.S. Is the Threat in the Americas, Not Venezuela

The Obama administration is being criticized across Latin America for instituting new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says the U.S. has it backward.

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Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

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Netanyahu

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Tax Bracketology

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Netanyahu Wins

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Bibi Flip-Flop

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So-Called Luxury Communists Envision a Post-Work Society Ahead

Left-leaning techno-utopians talk of a possible future when machines do the heavy lifting, employment as we know it disappears, and humanity enjoys an era of unprecedented leisure.

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In Germany, Dozens Wounded and Police Cars Set Afire in Anti-Austerity Protests

Thousands participated in anti-austerity “Blockupy” demonstrations that turned violent outside the opening of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Multiple Investigations Into Hanging Death of Mississippi Man

The FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are investigating the death of an African-American man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Investigators don’t know whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, but local civil-rights leaders are calling for authorities to determine whether it was a racially motivated hate crime.

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U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.

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To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

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Farewell to Privacy

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Obama Sunshine Week

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Bibi’s Winning Strategy

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Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

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University of Virginia Students Protest Violent Arrest

On Wednesday evening a crowd of students at the University of Virginia rallied to support college junior Martese Johnson, 20, whose bloody arrest early that morning by Alcoholic Beverage Control officers outside a bar near the school’s campus sparked outrage and accusations of excessive force and racism.

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The Republican Budget Plan Will Devastate American Families

As I understand the Republican view of our country, as manifested in the House and Senate budgets, millions of middle class and working families need to see a major reduction in federal programs that help make their lives, and the lives of their kids, a little bit better.

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The New American Order

Political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington; the de-legitimization of traditional governance; the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; the demobilization of “we the people.” These are five areas in which the outlines of the new U.S. order are emerging.

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Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

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Old King Coal Is Sick—but Not Yet Dying

The building of coal-fired power stations across much of the world is declining, but the trend is not enough to avert the risk of climate change reaching dangerous levels.

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U.S. Companies Are Leading Bidders in British Health Service Sell-Off

Cancer and end-of-life services relied on by some 3.8 million beneficiaries of the British National Health Service may be sold off to private U.S. health care companies that will be free to restructure the services along lines of profitability rather than quality of care.

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

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Rabbi Michael Lerner on the Winners and Losers in Israel’s Elections

“The biggest losers [in Israel’s decision to re-elect the Likud Party],” writes the former Truthdigger of the Week, “will be all those on the planet who yearn for a world based on social and economic justice, environmental sanity, peace and non-violence, and genuine caring for the peoples of the world.”

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Shoot-’Em-Up Charlie Loves Cop Killers

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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

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We Need a New Economic Model Because the Current Model Is Falling Apart

The economy toward which we’re hurtling—in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power—can’t function.

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Mideast Reacts With Horror at Netanyahu’s Re-Election: ‘Israel Has Elected Extremism and Racism’

Observers in the Arab press who contemplated the victory of far right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections express emotions from “concern and anxiety” to out-and-out horror at the potentially destructive impact it will have on the region.

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Secret Service

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Waters Edge

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Cornel West: ‘We Live in an Age of Sellouts [and] Love of Money, Money, Money, Money’

Academic and activist Dr. Cornel West tells David Letterman that President Obama may be a “black face in [a] high place” but doesn’t have the “vocal integrity” to stand up for what’s right and “deliver justice.” And it’s not just Obama who’s guilty, according to West.

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NFL

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Hands Up

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German TV Sensationalized Greek Minister’s Flipped Bird, Says Cameraman

German media pounced this week on footage of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis raising a middle finger for foreign debt managers during a presentation on his country’s debt crisis. The man who filmed the talk says the clip was taken out of context to divert public attention from the substance of the crisis.

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

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Judges

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Does Being Rich Make You a Self-Centered Lawbreaker?

Work by social psychologist Paul Piff suggests that the more money people have, the more likely they are to cheat or put their needs before those of others.

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German Politicians Confirm Greece Has Case for Wartime Reparations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused Germany of trying to avoid paying reparations for Nazi crimes committed during World War II—and several German politicians agree.

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The Right Wing Triumphs in Israeli Elections (Videos)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party scored a decisive victory in Israel’s election Tuesday, winning the most seats in the legislature and toppling its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union.

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Hillary’s Baggage

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The Palestinian-Israelis’ Selma Moment? (Video)

Ayman Odah, leader of the Joint Arab List, the party representing Palestinian-Israelis and elements of the Israeli left, responded late Tuesday to the news that Israelis of Palestinian descent came out in droves to vote.

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‘Shock Wave’: A Compelling Poem About the Boston Marathon Bombings

Leslie McGrath’s poem gives us an intimate look into a person’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013, tragedy.

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Could the Sunni-Shiite Rift Make Tikrit a Pyrrhic Victory?

The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.

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California’s Water Supply Could Dry Up Within a Year

California’s State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday expanded emergency regulations regarding the state’s use of water.

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This Powerful ‘Rap Against Rape’ by Two Indian Women Has Gone Viral

Two young Indian women, performing under the moniker BomBaebs, have made a captivating—and now widely played—video attacking sexual violence and misogyny in their country.

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March Madness

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It Ain’t Easy

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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Globe-Trotting GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Over the course of his six-year career on Capitol Hill, the Illinois representative rode a dramatic arc, rocketing from rookie congressman to social media-savvy spotlight seeker and Republican power player by the tender age of 33.

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Hillary Emails and Iran Letter

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In Boston Bombing Trial, Winners and Losers Are Hard to Tell Apart

To a nation riveted by the televised trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony, following a life-or-death courtroom drama with no cameras is proving to be a nail-biter.

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