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Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

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Ethiopians ‘Tortured, Oppressed and Silenced’ Into Surrendering Land to Foreign Investors

First-person testimony published Tuesday tallies the human cost of Ethiopia’s “villagization” program, in which tens of thousands of people have been forced from their ancestral homes to make way for large-scale commercial agriculture.

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Hillary and Bill

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Rubio - Old Is New

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World Bank Breaks Its Own Rules for Protecting Indigenous People

Documents seen by The Guardian show that the World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies aimed at protecting the rights of indigenous people over the past decade by funding projects that pushed nearly 3.4 million slum dwellers, farmers and villagers from their land or dispossessed them of their livelihoods.

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Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

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Labor, Civil Rights and Social Justice Movements Unite to ‘Fight for $15’ on Tax Day

In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.

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Transition From Fossil Fuel to Green Energy Is Gaining Traction

Four key trends could speed the transition to renewables: the world’s growing determination to put a brake on climate change; a sea change in China’s stance on growth and the environment; the increasing embrace of green energy in the developing world; and the growing affordability of renewable energy.

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Carbon Dioxide Triggered Ancient Mass Die-Off

The biggest extinction ever known on Earth resulted from the oceans turning acidic because of an increase in CO2, the main gas driving human-caused climate change today.

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Thousands March Against Spain’s Anti-Protest Laws in the World’s First Hologram Protest (Video)

What do you do when your government won’t let you express yourself freely? Well, you turn yourself into a hologram, of course.

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Comedian Akilah Hughes Explains Intersectionality Using Pizza

In a comical YouTube clip, writer and comedian Akilah Hughes enlists the help of a beloved Italian dish to get viewers to understand the sometimes maligned and often overlooked concept of intersectionality.

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Jon Stewart: Turning the Last Moments of Someone’s Life Into ‘Newsac’ Robs Them of Their Humanity

The news media trend of displaying teaser videos with clips of the deaths of Walter Scott and Eric Garner on loops is despicable at best. And, as “The Daily Show” host points out, it’s a trend we have to “nip in the bud, because it’s not going anywhere. ... The ubiquity of cellphones is far outpacing police awareness of the ubiquity of cellphones.”

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Western Europe’s Right-Wing Parties Are Sensational but Ineffectual

The current transatlantic view of Europe is one of continental political decline, elegant at best but ominous at worst.

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Chibok Girls Remembered, One Year On

The loss of hundreds of schoolgirls to Boko Haram has shown that in Nigeria, the powerful care nothing about the powerless until an international tragedy embarrasses them.

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EU vs. Google: Who Will Prevail?

The European Union’s top antitrust watchdog is setting her sights on Google, taking the tech giant to task for allegedly elbowing out competitors’ listings in online shopping searches.

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Killings in the Name of Ukrainian Land of Donbas

In his Sunday sermon, the Patriarch Philaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv explained to his parishioners that Ukrainian soldiers who kill civilians and rebels in Donbas do not transgress God’s commandment “thou shalt not kill”.

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‘Agent Orange’: a Poem About the Terrible Legacy the U.S. Left in Vietnam

As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approaches, Paul Lobo Portugés’ moving poem serves as a reminder of the pernicious and long-lasting effects American interventionism has had in Vietnam.

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Military Missions at Record High After U.S. Signs Deal to Stay in Africa for Decades

Despite grim outcomes since the American military began “pivoting” to Africa after 9/11, the U.S. recently signed an agreement designed to keep its troops on the continent until almost midcentury.

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‘I’m Tired All the Time’: What Minimum Wage Feels Like

Sabrina Johnson and Edith Figueroa are among tens of thousands of fast-food workers who have mobilized under the banner of the “Fight for $15” to demand better wages and the right to form a union.

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Scientists Peer Into Mysteries of Carbon Release From Permafrost

The frozen soil of the northern polar regions holds billions of tonnes of organic carbon—and global warming could speed its escape into the atmosphere.

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Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

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Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

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Is History Finally on Clinton’s Side?

Barring the political equivalent of an asteroid strike, it’s over. The slick video Hillary Clinton released Sunday was both campaign announcement and acceptance speech.

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Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

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Officers Yelled Obscenities as Unarmed Black Man Was Dying From Gunshot (Video)

A reserve sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the killing, and the case has raised issues about the program in which he was participating.

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GOP in 2016

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USA Relationship with Cuba

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Clinton and Bush Dynasties

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Taxes

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Guns in Classroom

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Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

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Hey, Let’s Have Equal Pay for Women Instead of ‘Equal Pay Day’

Here’s an idea, people at the White House: Instead of tweeting righteous messages about the need to close the income gap between men and women, why don’t you press for laws to do away with that margin of baked-in gender bias in America’s workplaces?

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New Study Indicates Welfare Increases Employment, Contrary to Conservative Beliefs

Research shows that receiving government aid may actually motivate people to find work; civilian videos of cop brutality are playing an increasingly important role in the carrying out of justice, but the act is not necessarily considered a right by law; meanwhile, the oldest Neanderthal DNA yet has been found in a skeleton in Italy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Jon Stewart: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Ad Is Boring as Shit

The “Daily Show” host weighs in on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s big—albeit anticlimactic—announcement about running for president.

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U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

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Will Hillary Rodham Clinton Deliver on Her Promise to Be a ‘Champion’ for ‘Everyday Americans’?

If Hillary Clinton is to get the mandate she needs to get the United States back on track, she will have to be clear with the American people about what is happening and why—and what must be done. 

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What Did Iran’s Supreme Leader Really Say About the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out on Thursday about the framework agreement for Iran’s negotiations over its nuclear enrichment program with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

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The Moment of Decision: Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Unlike the guilt phase of the trial, the outcome of which was never in doubt, the penalty segment will be a slugfest pitting two diametrically opposed narratives of criminal justice.

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Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

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NRA Convention

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Beloved Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano Dies

The Latin American writer commonly regarded as the poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement has succumbed to lung cancer at age 74. Watch all of his interviews on “Democracy Now!”

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Eastern Europe’s Military Budgets Are Inching Up, but U.S. Still Dominates

Russia and its NATO neighbors in the Baltic have expanded their military budgets, but the U.S. continues to lead the world in military spending by far.

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The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

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Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

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Target Practice

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