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Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...

Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it…. (more)

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Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.

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Protecting Civilians









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Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches









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Gubment Cheese









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The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

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Tokyo Wants 2020 Olympics

Tokyo has been through a lot, but the mega-city is aiming high in the reconstruction department by vying for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo blew about $176 million on its failed attempt at winning the 2016 Games, but might have an edge this time around owing to ...

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guardian.co.uk

Bolivia Set to Pass ‘Law of Mother Earth’

In a political move that would make John Locke’s head explode, Bolivia is poised to pass a law that would grant nature equal rights with those afforded humans. The Law of Mother Earth is expected to usher in a radical new conservation policy against pollution and exploitation.

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China on U.S. Human Rights Scolding: Look Who’s Talking

The U.S. and China are bickering again over human rights after the U.S. condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents. Beijing dismissed Washington’s latest criticism and said the U.S. is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments. Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist.

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Peru Votes for a President

In a general election that is expected to lead to a runoff in June, Peruvians headed to the polls on Sunday to vote for their next president. Leading in the polls was leftist and former anti-government rebel Ollanta Humala, pictured.

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House Rejects FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

With murmurs of a veto in the background, Republicans successfully pushed a measure through the U.S. House rejecting the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality rules for Internet service providers.

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AP / Karim Kadim

Sadr Delivers an Ultimatum to U.S.

Moqtada al-Sadr is back, issuing an ultimatum to American troops and contractors: Leave Iraq by the end of the year or he will revive his Mehdi Army and relaunch attacks on the United States’ post-withdrawal presence in the country.

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AP / Patrick Semansky

BP Spill Caught the Coast Guard Unprepared

Looking back over the disastrous BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, an internal review by the U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the seagoing service was poorly prepared for such an event and that the cleanup itself was riddled with planning failures.

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AP / Khalil Hamra

Deadly Crackdown in Tahrir Square

Life isn’t all peachy in Egypt, even with Hosni Mubarak gone. The Egyptian army went after protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, killing one and injuring dozens, as the military tried to clear demonstrations calling for prosecution of Mubarak and family members.

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Congress Dances to the Edge, Averts Shutdown

After an exhibition of political recklessness conducted in the face of an ominous deadline, congressional leaders reached an accord late Friday night that averted a shutdown of the federal government. The agreement was announced by House Speaker John Boehner, above.

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What Does Glenn Beck’s Departure Have to Do With George Soros?

Because you know if there’s a left-wing conspiracy, George Soros is in on it somehow—at least in the wacky, weird, blackboard-enabled world (population: 1) inhabited by soon-to-be-former Fox News show host Glenn Beck.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / NATO

NATO Apologizes to Libyan Rebels

Airstrikes Thursday in NATO’s campaign against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces killed at least four Libyan rebels in a “friendly fire” accident, the second in a week. After a bit of foot-dragging by the British deputy commander of the air campaign, NATO apologized to the rebels.

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Al-Jazeera English

27 Killed in Latest Syrian Protest

At least 27 demonstrators are dead at the hands of Syrian security forces as new protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad erupted Friday in the southern city of Daraa.

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guardian.co.uk

U.N. Suspects Ethnic Massacre in Ivory Coast

More than 100 people have been found dead in western parts of the Ivory Coast, victims of what investigators believe are ethnically motivated massacres. U.N. officials say the killings may have been carried out by Liberian mercenaries.

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Cuba From the Other Side

I thought it would be helpful if people who are always hearing and reading about the “repression of dissidents” in Cuba and jump to their defense could also hear the other side: What happened to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by the actions of terrorists from inside and outside the country.

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Navin Shetty Brahmavar (CC-BY)

Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands

When the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Joseph Stiglitz

This week we tip our hat to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who once helped calculate the true cost of the Iraq War, and more recently has been calling attention to the radical redistribution of wealth from middle- and working-class Americans to the richest among us.

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Go Obama









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Bye-Bye Beck









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The Real Madness of March

Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. In his damning special now available on PBS’s “Frontline” website, viewers are shown the side of “amateur” athletics that’s almost never discussed inside the beery bubble of sports media.

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Ryan’s Plan Neither Serious nor Courageous

What the meteoric career of Paul Ryan demonstrates is how easily impressed we are whenever a politician purports to restore solvency by punishing the poor and the elderly (while coddling the rich).

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Trumped by Political Failure

That anyone could seriously imagine Donald Trump as president of the United States—the actual president—must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field.

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Ousted State Dept. Spokesman Stands By Manning Treatment Comments

Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, who stepped down (presumably under pressure) after condemning the treatment of accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning, tells Al-Jazeera English he does not regret his comments.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Remembering Almena Lomax

Almena Lomax was a crusading journalist, one of many reporters and editors who toiled away on African-American newspapers—the Negro Leagues of journalism—exposing the racism ignored by the white papers that refused to hire them.

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bbc.co.uk

Japan Rocked by 7.1 Quake

This time, fears of another devastating tsunami were thankfully unfounded after another big earthquake—a 7.1 this time—shook Japan late Thursday, but workers at the trouble-plagued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant didn’t take any chances.

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‘Colbert Report’: Wisconsin’s Supreme Showdown

Angry Wisconsin liberals are using the state’s Supreme Court election as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker and taking aim at expletive-flinging Justice David Prosser. Will this justice be served?

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Adzookie.com

Advertiser Offers to Rescue Desperate Homeowners—for a Price

Here’s one solution to the foreclosure crisis, albeit an ugly one. In what Gizmodo points out could very well be a publicity stunt, mobile ad company Adzookie says it will pay your mortgage if you let it turn your house into a giant billboard. Take it away, Chris Hedges.

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Joseph Stiglitz on the Budget and ‘the 1%’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was Amy Goodman’s timely guest on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday, giving his much-needed perspective on the proposed 2012 budget and his must-read Vanity Fair article, “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes.

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Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Florida Pastor Has a Few New Enemies

Oh good, the nutty Rev. Terry Jones is near our HQ here in Los Angeles. The Florida pastor, who drew widespread ire earlier this month with his Quran-burning and Prophet Muhammad mock trial publicity stunts ...

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Some Progress, but More Worry, at Japanese Plant

Although a stopgap measure has apparently plugged the leak in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, keeping more radioactive water from spilling into the Pacific, the crisis has shifted over to Reactor 1, which could be headed for a blowup. 

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‘Democracy Now!’: Psychologist Accused of Torture in Guantanamo Interrogations

Amy Goodman reports on Dr. John Leso, a psychologist who allegedly participated in the torture (or “harsh interrogation,” his defenders might say) of Guantanamo detainees and now faces trial in New York.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

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Glenn Beck
Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Fox News to Drop Glenn Beck’s Show

Although Glenn Beck himself is characterizing the change as a “new phase” of his “partnership” with Roger Ailes’ conservative-magnet cable channel, the bottom line of this story is that Beck’s show will be phased out of the Fox News programming lineup later this year.

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kloppenburgforjustice.com

Wis. Top Court Race in Dead Heat

Any significant political activity that takes place within the borders of Wisconsin these days is bound to take on a certain intense charge, given Gov. Scott Walker’s recent machinations, and the current battle over a state Supreme Court seat is no exception.

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Taro the Shiba Inu (CC-BY)

Netflix Gets ‘Mad Men,’ and That Opens Some Big Questions

Netflix had its share of skeptics when the company known for mailing DVDs started streaming movies such as “Alien vs. Ninja” on demand, but enough people paid for the privilege that Netflix has been able to increase the quality of content on offer—and the threat to those cable pirates who have the nerve to charge ... (more)

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Greg L. Davis

NATO Boosts Bombing Amid Rebel Complaints

After a lull in the bombing—and some very public criticism by the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi—NATO is once again ramping up its airstrikes on Libya, to the tune of 137 flights Monday, 186 on Tuesday and 198 planned for Wednesday.

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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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Must Wash Hands









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Barack vs. Obama









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Backsliding Under the Ceiling

At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to part ways after the meal.

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Don’t Miss Our National Broadcast: Truthdig Radio on Labor

Truthdig Radio is broadcasting nationally today, Wednesday, April 6. We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Hop past the jump to find listings and a rundown of our guests.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

The Peasants Need Pitchforks

The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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What The New York Times Doesn’t Understand About Taxes

Once again a New York Times article hinges on the numbers, and the numbers as reported are all wrong. This is becoming a disturbing pattern.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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