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Study Blames Culture Shift for Catholic Clergy’s Sex Crimes

A study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines the root causes of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, debunking celibacy and homosexuality as causes while glossing over the church’s failure to humanely address the crisis. (more)

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Saleh Again Agrees to Step Down in Yemen

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is reportedly set to sign an agreement that would bring his 33-year rule to an end, making him yet another victim of the “Arab Spring” that began in Tunisia last December and raising questions about the future of al-Qaida in the Middle Eastern country. (more)

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Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

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AP / Frank Franklin II

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

The fix was in to let Wall Street off the hook once and for all for its role in the Great Recession ... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along.

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Queen Honors Irish Freedom Fighters

The queen has landed in Ireland, where she laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance to honor those who fought against British tyranny. And if you think that’s a nice gesture, you should see the emerald green outfit her majesty wore for her arrival.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

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Mahmoud Abbas: Why Palestine Seeks U.N. Membership

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas penned an Op-Ed in Tuesday’s New York Times making the case for Palestine’s right to statehood and giving the reasons why it should be considered a legitimate member of the international community.

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Big Blow-Up









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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Big Middle East Speech Will Avoid a Big Issue

While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

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John Boehner Hits the Skids With Tea Party

House Speaker John Boehner’s battle for budget cuts has not won him many points with the cost-conscious tea party, particularly in light of a Congressional Budget Office study that indicates the latest spending bill will not cut the deficit nearly as much as advertised.

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AP / Lionel Cironneau

Schwarzenegger Admits He Had a Child on the Side

Here we have a headline that smacks of the inevitable: Arnold Schwarzenegger has conceded that he fathered a child just over 10 years ago with a longtime member of his household staff. This “event,” as the former California governor called it in a statement ... (more)

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‘Goodnight Moon’ It Ain’t

This is a story about a very unusual kind of children’s book—or rather, a book that looks a lot like a children’s book until you read the fine print, at which time it becomes apparent that author Adam Mansbach actually wrote “Go the Fuck to Sleep” for exasperated ... (more)

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Man of Steal









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Rudy Giuliani, International Public Safety Guru?

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been retained as an adviser by Peruvian presidential candidate Keiki Fujimori, who is hoping to toughen her reputation on fighting crime in the South American country.

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Profile in Absurdity









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Sex Scandal









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Election Day









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Stewart Schools O’Reilly on Common

And that’s just for this round between the two TV talkers—but who’s counting? Once again, Jon Stewart set his comic act aside for a more serious debate with Fox News’ leading loofah enthusiast Bill O’Reilly, this time over the White House’s shocking inclusion ... (more)

Posted on May 17, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Glenn Beck Wants to ‘Restore Courage’ in Israel

A day after Israel clashed with protesters along four borders, professional fearmonger Glenn Beck announced his attempt to bring thousands of supporters to his “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem this August, urging his conservative base to get more involved in the region’s politics. (more)

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N.Y. Attorney General Wants Answers From Big Banks

Homing in on mortgage-backed securities, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has requested records from Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as part of a broad investigation into the causes of the financial meltdown of 2008. (more)

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AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: We Are All Palestinian Now

Palestine is the unifying force and focus of the entire Muslim/Arab world. The one thing that always remains on the people’s minds and lips, that pulls this whole wild wave of shift together, is Egypt’s solidarity about Palestine and resentment of Israel.

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Mr. Big Takes a Perp Walk

At the time of the reported incident on Saturday, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was resident in a $3,000-a-night luxury suite at a posh Midtown Manhattan hotel. I didn’t think this was how socialists were supposed to roll.

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NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

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Chris Hedges: ‘We Speak in the Language of Terrorism’

In this recent appearance on GRITtv, “The World As It Is” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks with host Laura Flanders about the murder of Osama bin Laden and cuts through the noise to pose some tough questions about America’s fighting style. (more)

Posted on May 16, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Denis Dervisevic (CC-BY)

Baby ‘Like’ Named After the Facebook Button

Lior and Vardit Adler of Israel were looking for a unique name for their baby daughter, and boy did they find it. Like Adler was named after the Facebook button, and papa Adler says it’s “the modern equivalent of the name Ahava [Love],” except it’s not, because it’s like. (more)

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AP / Miguel Tovar

Cartel Wars

In the annals of a conflict that has killed more than 34,600 since Mexican President Felipe Calderon militarized his country’s battle against drug traffickers in December 2006, the conflict in Tamaulipas is writing a new and bloody chapter.

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No Bail for IMF Chief

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested this weekend after a maid at his New York hotel accused him of sexual assault, will remain in jail. In her decision to deny bail, the judge cited the fact that he was taken into custody while attempting to leave the country. Another woman has since accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

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50 Years of Freedom

Rather than isolating the original Riders’ troubled and painful history to fleeting commemorations or to the realms of amnesia and denial, the 2011 Freedom Ride declares precisely the opposite: that history is alive, ongoing and real.

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Trump Spares Us the Possibility of His Becoming President (Video)

After a few months of fuss, from anointing himself King Birther to calling the Chinese “motherfuckers,” Donald Trump has decided that “Celebrity Apprentice” needs him more than America does, even though “... If I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

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International Help









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US-Pak Alliance









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Groovy Thoughts of Newt









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Wife Is Allowed to See Jailed Chinese Activist

According to his wife, who was granted a visit with the dissident artist for the first time in the six weeks since he was detained at an airport and accused of tax evasion, Chinese authorities seem to be looking after the physical welfare of Ai Weiwei. The news dispels earlier rumors that he was being physically tortured, though he appeared mentally distressed, his wife said.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

The celebrated intellectual did 65 campaign events for Barack Obama and now nurses the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. During their last personal encounter, West says, “I wanted to slap him on the side of his head.”

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Research Finds Straight Men Like Looking at Fat Women, Penises

A couple of neuroscientists looked through a billion publicly available Web searches from about a million people and told Salon, “There are almost three times as many searches for fat women as there are for skinny women” and “men search for penises almost as often as they search for vaginas.”

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Jesus Doesn’t Want Mike Huckabee to Be President ... Yet

Fox News rocker Mike Huckabee says of his decision not to run for the presidency in 2012, “I don’t fully understand it myself,” but it has something to do with being “a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ” and not having the confidence of “God’s full blessing.” Or it could be that Obama killed Osama and this one’s in the bag.

Posted on May 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

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Portrait of Osama









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The Witch Cauldron









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AP / Mohammed Zaatari

Israel Opens Fire on Protesters (Video)

As many as 13 are dead and scores more injured after Israeli forces shot at protesters Sunday. Crowds gathered near the borders of Gaza, Lebanon and Syria to condemn the founding of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said of the dead, “Their blood will not go to waste.” (more)

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Banks Push to Appease Regulators With Low-Ball Damage Compensation

Investigators at the United States Trustee Program, which oversees U.S. bankruptcy cases, are collecting mountains of evidence that show that banks industrywide are hurrying huge numbers of borrowers out of their homes prematurely, based on false loan repayment claims. (more)

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Forgiveness









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Gingrich for President









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Timber









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Blackwater Founder Builds Secret Army for UAE

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (now Xe Services), the world’s most notorious private military contractor, is discreetly training an 800-man army capable of defending infrastructure, suppressing rebellions and battling regional state enemies for the UAE. (more)

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IMF Head Charged With Sex Attack in N.Y.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, director of the International Monetary Fund and the French left’s most promising presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a Times Square hotel maid. (more)

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