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Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

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The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad

The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.

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Three Reasons Why the ICC Hasn’t Taken Action on Gaza

As the war in Gaza enters its second month, quelled for the moment by another 72-hour cease-fire, the question arises: Why hasn’t the International Criminal Court initiated a formal inquiry into the carnage?

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Paying for the 2003 Invasion

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

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There Will Never Be Another Robin Williams

He was arguably the funniest man alive, until, shockingly, he wasn’t.

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Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

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Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

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Attitudes and Expressions From a Gaza Refugee Camp

At U.N schools-cum-shelters for displaced Gazans, exhausted refugees speak of grief, anger—and some—appreciable pride for the resolve with which fighters led by Hamas respond violently to Israel’s blockade against the movement of people and supplies in and out of the territory and the assault of the past month.

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Airstrikes in Iraq Deja Vu

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The New Iraqi Monster America Helped Make

A New York Times article glimpses America’s role in creating the leader of ISIS—the violent Islamic group “redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East”—and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.”

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New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

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California Income Chasm

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Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman Sunday night.

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The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

We’re all stakeholders in the American economy, and many stakeholders have done miserably.

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

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Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Navi Pillay

The U.N. human rights commissioner’s response to an effort by U.S. lawmakers to smear an investigation of potential Israeli war crimes affirms her role as a major “voice of the victim everywhere.”

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‘The End of a Country, and the Start of a New Dark Age’

In a terrifying excerpt from his essential new book, “The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising,” veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn describes the native barbarous forces overcoming Iraq and the surrounding region, and the kind of society—thanks in large part to the failed U.S. intervention there—they look set to build.

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Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

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Into the Grip

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Paving the Future

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Back in Iraq

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Iraq War Consequences

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Israel and U.N. Have Been Differing Over Gaza Operations for Years

“A good number of lessons have not been learned,” said a United Nations lawyer who formerly led an inquiry into fatal Israeli military bombings of United Nations facilities in Gaza during a 2009 operation. The study concluded that Israel “breached the inviolability of United Nations premises.”

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: S Is for Saint-Simon

Sex: The topic that has proved strong enough to displace religious and academic discussion about property and wealth as the driving force in human affairs and evolution.

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Rise in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Researchers warn that the cost of airline tickets will need to rise steadily to decrease demand and counteract the effects of aviation’s growing carbon emissions.

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Russell Brand’s Battle Against Fox News Doesn’t Stop at Sean Hannity

A recent squabble between the British comedian and Fox News’ Sean Hannity got quite a bit of attention, but Russell Brand’s scathing critique of Fox News did not begin with Hannity, nor is it likely to end with him.

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Serve and Assault

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Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

The newspaper Azzaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called Islamic State in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some areas of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States.

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How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.

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Obama and Airstrikes to Protect Iraqi Kurds: 1991 Deja Vu All Over Again

During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party.

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Justice Department Says Rikers Island Jailers Routinely Abused Teen Inmates

An extensive report by the Justice Department has found that New York’s primary jail is an absolute hell for underage inmates.

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White House Might Extend U.S. Military Support to Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq for two specific reasons, but a White House spokesman Friday indicated that the scope in the future may not be so limited.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Fish

It’s been a while since we’ve had new work by genius cartoonist Dwayne Booth on this page, but Fish has kept busy, and we want to take a moment to wish our old friend a happy name day.

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I Heart New York Designer Has a Logo for Global Warming—Make That ‘Dying’

Milton Glaser has designed a new logo for the climate change movement to go with a set of awareness-raising buttons and the social media hashtag “itsnotwarming.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

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Greg Palast: How Obama Could End Argentina’s Debt Crisis

“The ‘vulture’ financier now threatening to devour Argentina can be stopped dead by a simple note to the courts from Barack Obama,” investigative journalist Greg Palast writes Thursday at The Guardian. “But the president, while officially supporting Argentina, has not done this one thing that could save Buenos Aires from default.”

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Juking the Job Stats

A decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry.

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What ‘War on Whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

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Marriage Equality

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U.S. Leaders Aid Israeli Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

There is growing evidence that Israeli leaders and commanders have committed war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. The U.S. military has aided, abetted and assisted the commission of these crimes by providing Israel with the military means to commit them.

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Will Airstrikes in Iraq Escalate Growing Crisis?

The Pentagon announced that the U.S. military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq on Friday targeting artillery used by the militant group Islamic State. “Democracy Now!” hears from Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of the recent article, “Don’t Go Back to Iraq!: Five Steps the U.S. Can Take in Iraq Without Going Back to War.”

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As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party. Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water, civil war, mass graves, and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look.

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Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

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