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Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret ‘Black Site’

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used.

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The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

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Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

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Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

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What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students

Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

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Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

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‘Daily Show’ Duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Make a Play for Their Own Hit Show

Those hoping that either or both members of “Daily Show” husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee would play key roles in filling outgoing power anchor Jon Stewart’s seat can strike those two promising names off the list of potential replacements—they’re going to be otherwise occupied.

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Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

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The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

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Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

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The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

“I, a lover of cinema, destroyed the films—in nothing more than a shitty little garbage can, which is funny considering the can had no idea that its insides were being burned and scalded by the likes of Lynch and Antonioni and Deren and Jodorowsky.”

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Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee Point Out the Contradictions Between Joe Biden’s Words and His Gropes

While the vice president is quite outspoken against sexual harassment, his brain seems to have a problem sending his hands the message.

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Larry Wilmore Discusses Islamophobia and the Chapel Hill Shootings on ‘The Nightly Show’

Larry Wilmore and a diverse panel including a professor, a comedian and a lawyer, among others, delve into the importance of calling the recent shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., a hate crime in order to acknowledge the deep thread of Islamophobia that runs through American society.

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Egypt’s ‘Crackdown on Dissent’ Continues With 5-Year Sentence for Prominent Blogger (Video)

Alaa Abd El Fattah, 33, played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian uprising by leading protests. Now the blogger is being put in jail for leading another demonstration in 2013 because, as it happens, the protest in question was “unauthorized” by an increasingly despotic Egyptian government.

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The Majority of Americans Want to Raise Taxes on the Rich, So What Gives?

Elected officials are usually voted in to represent their constituents. So why do Republicans in Congress oppose Obama’s plan to raise investment taxes on the rich when two-thirds of Americans think the wealthy aren’t paying enough in taxes?

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Here’s How a Couple of Private Banks Take Advantage of Prisoners and Their Families

Who knew you could unscrupulously make millions off unsuspecting state inmates?

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Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

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Netanyahu Tars Europe and U.S. for Anti-Semitism of Terrorists

A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda—and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Benjamin Netanyahu—has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies.

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DOJ: No Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Although Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a conciliatory note in making the announcement, it was his disheartening task on Tuesday to go public with the news that the Justice Department was closing the book on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case.

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Obama Derangement Syndrome

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about the president have opened up a fire hose of nonsense from the Republican Party.

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We Would Miss Obamacare

Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done?

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Obama Prepared to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill on Tuesday (Updated)

He said he’d do it, and it looks like he means business: President Obama is ready to flex his executive power and veto the divisive bill designed to launch construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would span from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf Coast.

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Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

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Islamic State Militants Abduct More Than 70 Christians in Syria

Members of the Islamic State group launched a broad raid on several villages in Syria starting early Monday, and by Tuesday the militant group had kidnapped more than 70 Christians.

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Noam Chomsky on the History Behind the Islamic State Group and Putin’s Actions in Ukraine

Shortly after the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was reached on Feb. 11, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 called on the world-renowned linguist and political activist to discuss two of the most pressing global crises taking place.

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‘The Daily Show’ Gives Obama a Makeover So Right-Wingers Can Understand What He’s Saying

No matter what President Obama says about the Islamic State group, Fox News and conservative politicians continue to misrepresent him. Thankfully, Jon Stewart and his staff at “The Daily Show” have come up with a way to address the problem.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)

Here are some of the green energy good news stories of the past few weeks.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Taking a Look Inside the Wild World of Charter School Regulation

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Is Backing a Sunni Revolution Against Shiite Houthi Rebels Linked to Iran

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has launched an all out political offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over the north of the country.

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The United States Has a Long and Dishonorable Record of Artistic Censorship

Despite recent proclamations of our dedication to freedom of speech, artists in every medium have encountered problems with authorities over the content of their creative expressions.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver Explains Why Electing Judges Is a Terrible Idea

The United States is one of only two countries that elect the vast majority of their judges, and the “Last Week Tonight” host thinks this fact is as absurd as the “formal muumuus” the judges wear.

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Hollywood Heroism: From ‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Selma’ to ‘American Sniper’

Within the last few months, three films appeared that offer role models, however flawed, to young people while legitimating particular notions of civic courage, patriotism and a broader understanding of injustice.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


Calls for Social Justice Abound at the Oscars

From “Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras’ acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Oscar to host Neil Patrick Harris’ quip that the Oscars are for Hollywood’s “best and whitest,” political commentary and calls for social justice rang through last night’s 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?

Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Opens New Doors to Deadly Diseases

Scientists warn that humans will face epidemics of diseases never encountered before as global warming drives animals and parasites into new habitats.

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‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Gives Moving Oscar Speech on Feeling Like an Outsider

Screenwriter Graham Moore revealed a surprising fact about himself during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night, paid tribute to computer science pioneer Alan Turing and offered encouragement to “that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different.”

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Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

The rise of “independent contractors” is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce—contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours and job insecurity.

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‘Boyhood’s’ Patricia Arquette Offers Impassioned Words on Gender Equality

Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday night for her performance in “Boyhood,” used her acceptance speech to demand equal rights and pay for all women in the United States. Watch as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez cheer her on gleefully.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



In the New Gilded Age, Social Protest Dominates Academy Awards Ceremony

The committed artists honored at the 87th Academy Awards took advantage of their bully pulpits to make an amazing series of eloquent statements on behalf of minorities and the discriminated against.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Raising the Alarm Over Devices That Let Police Snoop Into Our Homes

With the proliferation of technology allowing law enforcement agencies to observe people through walls, we may be entering an era where the word “transparency” takes on a new meaning.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



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We Kill Our Revolutionaries

Siddique Hasan, who never committed murder, is on death row in Ohio not for what he did but for who he is.

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Obamacare Lawsuit? It’s the Money, Stupid

To see the big picture behind the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, follow the money.

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