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All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

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From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Besides being criminal, the United States’ use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its poisoning of Vietnam and Okinawa with Agent Orange are a shameful legacy. The denial and cover-up of each of these crimes add U.S. insult to injury.

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Lawyer: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Was Wiped Before Feds Got It

Well, this doesn’t make Hillary Clinton look so great, unless what was on her server was worse.

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A Seattleite Tells How Amazon ‘Swallowed’ His Town

Recent news about Amazon has focused on the abusive conditions that prevail in the company’s headquarters in Seattle. A “more comprehensive indictment,” writes a lifelong resident of the city, would “describe its effect on” the city, “which used to be a great place to live.”

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Mad Science: First Human Brain Grown in Lab, Researchers Claim

Scientists at Ohio State University claim to have taken the unprecedented step of growing an almost fully formed human brain in a lab, an achievement that could transform the medical community’s understanding of neurological disease.

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The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers

Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.

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Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card

How can the U.S. remain strong, with very little debt, without defaulting on Social Security, Medicare or the federal debt itself? By reducing the debt by buying it and ripping it up.

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AUDIO: ‘Most Officials Agree the Epidemic Could Have Been Contained Earlier’

Poet Sonia Greenfield ruminates over the racism and ethnocentrism involved in international responses to epidemics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, which was mostly concentrated in West Africa.

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VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

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VIDEO: Josh Groban Puts the Best of Donald Trump’s Tweets to Music

The singer-songwriter has decided that some of Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s tweets deserve to be sung to the masses.

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Defying Saudis and Iran, Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change at Istanbul Conference

Attendees from 20 countries at this week’s International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul produced—and 60 of them signed—a declaration warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Larry Hamm Talk Police Violence and America’s Deep-Rooted Racism

In this latest episode of his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges takes on the considerable and timely topics of police brutality and entrenched racism in America.

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Chelsea Manning Found Guilty of Violating Prison Rules, Given Restrictions

The good news is that convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn’t facing solitary confinement for an indefinite stretch of time.

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VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’: Whistleblower Describes NSA ‘Installation’ at AT&T

Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

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George Zimmerman Joins Forces With Anti-Muslim Gun Seller to Push Confederate Flag Art

If someone had entered, in some mythical headline generator, all the key ingredients to produce the perfect mashup of utter racist nonsense from recent American history, this might be it.

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VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Huddles With Black Lives Matter Activists

Here’s one measure of how the Black Lives Matter movement has made its mark on national politics in a few short months: Some presidential candidates are recognizing the need to get with the proverbial program (or at least seem as if they are).

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: ‘Is It Appropriate for Us to Murder Animals Because We Want to Eat Them?’

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the ethics of animal testing and vegetarianism in this short clip.

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Police in Training (and the Rest of Us) Could Benefit Greatly From This One Thing Cops Are Blocking

Police reform cannot be accomplished effectively without research into policing, but cops won’t cooperate; 1 in 2 British youths identifies as something other than heterosexual; meanwhile, an accord between Hamas and Israel may be taking shape. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

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Here’s Why the Close Collaboration Between the NSA and AT&T Matters

New disclosures about the National Security Agency’s partnership with AT&T could reignite constitutional challenges to the spy agency’s efforts to wiretap the Internet.

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The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad (Video)

In principle, the idea of streamlining the Iraqi government and making it more efficient is a capital one. But the reforms being pursued by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi have to raise some questions about the direction the country is taking.

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Hillary Clinton Is Her Own Worst Enemy

This isn’t about whether Clinton becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect—for us and for the truth.

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Animas River

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For Sale: Entire Spanish Villages. Price: Cheap.

Want to invest in paradise? Local leaders in the Galicia region of Spain are looking to sell as many as 400 villages abandoned during waves of emigration that began over 60 years ago.

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Andes’ Migrating Trees Are Moving Toward Extinction

Highland tree species in the Andes are decreasing as global warming causes lowland varieties to migrate uphill into cooler climes—perhaps to their own eventual demise.

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Unreliable Schedules Mean Doubt, Anxiety and Discomfort for Workers

The fight for a living wage won’t result in being able to put food on the table if employees are given too few hours of work per week, writes a Gap salesperson who says low pay isn’t the only problem.

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Fears of Cyanide Pollution Rise After Tianjin Blasts

Dangerous levels of the chemical sodium cyanide have been found at wastewater monitoring facilities in the disaster-stricken city of Tianjin almost five days after explosions killed at least 114 people.

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As Both Climate Victim and Responder, California Leads the Way

California in the Great Drought reminds me of San Francisco as AIDS broke out: a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us. Back then we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and that is likely to be true now too.

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VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes Dark Underbelly of Televangelism

The “Last Week Tonight” host investigates corrupt televangelists raking in millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations every year.

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Here’s Why the New ‘Family Friendly Work’ Fad Is a Fraud

I’m delighted Netflix and other high-powered firms are offering family-friendly work. But I take most of the news with a grain of silicon, and so should you.

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Poll Shows Only 1 in 4 Americans Wants More U.S. Involvement Abroad; Cuba and Iran Low on List

A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, done before the Iran deal was announced by President Obama, shows how out of touch most of the presidential candidates are on foreign policy public opinion.

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Remembering Julian Bond: Civil Rights Luminary and Southern Poverty Law Center Co-Founder

He rose to national prominence as a vocal force in the civil rights movement, and over the long arc of his career, Julian Bond blended the personal and political in ways that created and transformed societal structures. Bond, 75, died Saturday in the Gulf Coast city of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

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Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers

The group’s call for prostitution decriminalization is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and capitalism’s grotesque commodification of human beings.

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Inside AT&T’s ‘Deeply Collaborative’ Relationship With the NSA

Although the fact that telecom giants have been in cahoots with the National Security Agency at the expense of consumers’ privacy isn’t news, a fresh exposé by The New York Times about AT&T’s eager service to the intelligence organization is enough to make users unplug from the company once and for all.

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris Must End the Barbaric Practice of Solitary Confinement

If she settles a Pelican Bay prisoners’ lawsuit, Harris will seize an opportunity to serve justice—and her political career as well.

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Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs

A new leak about shoddy treatment of ailing veterans is just the latest disclosure that casts a shadow over the VA.

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Knock, Knock, Hillary: Black Lives Matter Wants to Speak With You, Too

Black Lives Matter activists are leaving their mark on presidential campaigns, comedian Stephen Colbert shares his thoughts on women, and a socialist politician is stirring things up in the U.K. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Cuba and Ferguson—Plus, Does Clinton Have Competition?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cuba to raise the American flag, violence in Ferguson, Mo., one year after the police killing of Michael Brown, and whether Hillary Clinton should be worried about Bernie Sanders.

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Shootings

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Made in China

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A Woman’s Cycle

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How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case

There is no honor among thieves or ideologues, and it is sad to see a great university’s leadership descend into petty squabbling and vicious infighting over the illegal firing of Urbana-Champaign professor Steven Salaita.

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Places That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel

Instead of the one sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a tour of the “real Israel” would show U.S. representatives the ugly truth behind Israel’s propaganda.

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Putin Pitches Grand Alliance Against Islamic State, but Syrian Rebels Want Assad Gone (Video)

The Russian Federation is a key player in Syria—and backer of the dictatorial government of Bashar Assad.

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