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VIDEO: Watch the Promo for Banksy’s New Dystopian Theme Park, ‘Dismaland’

In this promotional video for the anonymous graffiti artist’s “bemusement park,” catch a glimpse of the not-so-family-friendly attractions in store.

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France Treating Thwarted Train Attack as a Terrorist Case

Despite the suspect’s initial claims that he had been hungry and acting purely out of self-interest when he held up a Paris-bound train last Friday, the French government is now officially investigating the foiled attempt by 26-year-old Moroccan gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani as a terrorist act.

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Remember John Oliver’s Investigation of Televangelists? The IRS May Have Gotten the Message

Who knew political comedy could make such an impact?

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President of Israel Says Israeli Squatting in the Palestinian West Bank Is a ‘Right’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a former chairman of the far-right Likud Party that is now in power, is known to favor a paternalist form of the one-state solution. On Monday, he declared Israeli squatting on the Palestinian West Bank a “right” and an essential Zionist principle.

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Is Israeli Military Using Barak in Struggle With Netanyahu Over Iran Deal? (Video)

The revelations from former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s memoir keep coming.

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Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

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VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

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Weekend Market Turmoil an Outcome of Nations’ Failure to Cooperate on Change in Economic Policy

Although they ended with still more losses, U.S. stock markets recovered partly Monday after a plummet to dramatic lows fueled by fears of a collapse in the Chinese economy. The shock experienced in recent days was predictable, writes Guardian economics editor Larry Elliot.

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The Plague of American Authoritarianism

It is too easy to believe in a binary logic that categorizes a country as either strictly authoritarian or strictly democratic, and leaves no room for the possibility of a mixture of the two. American politics today suggests a more updated if not different form of authoritarianism.

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Playing the Long Game on Iran

If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of the neoconservatives’ power will slip through their fingers as the imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without. 

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Central Asia’s Glaciers May Lose Half Their Ice by Midcentury

The speed at which the warming climate is melting glaciers in Central Asia may ruin the water supply of millions of people within 50 years.

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VIDEO: Why Listening to Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy Is Just Plain Daft

In a radio interview, former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on the verge of attacking Iran on three separate occasions in 2010-2012.

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Islamic State Destroys Ancient Temple in Syria

Islamic State made a symbolic and destructive statement by blowing up the ancient Temple of Baalshamin, one of the foremost structures among the ruins of Palmyra in Syria, which The New York Times and other outlets reported was destroyed Sunday.

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Study Suggests Trauma’s Effects Can Register Across Generations

This could be the stuff of a scientific breakthrough: A research team out of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has published a study that points to the possibility that trauma sustained by one generation can actually be passed down, in a sense, to children and maybe even farther down the genetic chain. 

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Eulogy for a Friend

The Rev. Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

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Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. But why is the political press so agitated?

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.

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When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

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Wolf Pack Found in California for First Time in Almost 100 Years

Seven wolves—two adults and five 4-month-old pups—have been spotted in a forested area in Northern California, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

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Hillary Clinton’s Jokes About Emails Falling Flat in Congress

Hillary Clinton may be making a joke out of her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, but congressional Democrats aren’t laughing.

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Greek Opposition Tries to Form Government as Election Looms

One day after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called for an early election to deal with a party rebellion over the country’s third bailout deal, Greece’s president has asked the country’s main opposition party to form a new government.

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Nearly $1 Trillion Left Emerging Markets in Single Year in ‘Capital Flight’ Phenomenon

Reports that huge sums of investment money have flowed out of countries with emerging markets suggest that countries once billed as “stars of the post-crash economy are now waning.”

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Are You One of a Growing Number of Workers Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

Without workers’ compensation, health insurance and unemployment insurance, independent contractors are more vulnerable than workers classified as employees. But in some instances, benefits that have been denied can be recovered.

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China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

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Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

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Will Joe Run?

The question Vice President Joe Biden and his strategists are currently considering is this: Should he run?

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Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Embroiled in Racial Controversy (Updated)

The issue of whether Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King ever explicitly misrepresented himself about his racial background appears to hinge primarily upon one sentence in a 2012 Rebel Magazine article and CNN host Don Lemon’s account of an exchange he had with King.

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It’s Time to Free Students From Debt

Touted as a necessity but priced like a luxury, many degree programs are mediocre or worse—predatory loan scams that hustle aspiring students into deep debt and poverty.

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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Resign

The prime minister and leader of the Syriza party will submit his resignation to the country’s president Thursday, making way for early elections scheduled for Sept. 20, government officials report.

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Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

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‘The Iranian Threat’: Who Poses the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm.

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How $1.8 Billion in Aid to Ukraine Was Funneled to International Finance

Thanks to the investigative work of the Ukrainian anti-corruption watchdog group Nashi Groshi (Our Money), the process by which $1.8 billion “was smoothly maneuvered offshore” to unnamed accounts in Belize, the British Virgin Islands and “other outposts of the international financial galaxy” is plainly visible.

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European Warming Sends Wild Boar Numbers Soaring

Increasingly mild winters and an abundance of acorns and nuts have caused a population explosion among wild boar in Europe.

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Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Key human rights groups have warned about war crimes and mass starvation in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. But almost as stunning as the atrocities there is the silence of politicians and the public.

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Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil-rights pioneer died this week at the age of 75.

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All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

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From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Besides being criminal, the United States’ use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its poisoning of Vietnam and Okinawa with Agent Orange are a shameful legacy. The denial and cover-up of each of these crimes add U.S. insult to injury.

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Lawyer: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Was Wiped Before Feds Got It

Well, this doesn’t make Hillary Clinton look so great, unless what was on her server was worse.

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A Seattleite Tells How Amazon ‘Swallowed’ His Town

Recent news about Amazon has focused on the abusive conditions that prevail in the company’s headquarters in Seattle. A “more comprehensive indictment,” writes a lifelong resident of the city, would “describe its effect on” the city, “which used to be a great place to live.”

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