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Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

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An Early Look at the 2016 Race for the Republican Nomination

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president—in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora—it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination.

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Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working-Class Americans

Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. That chance now seems to have gone up in smoke.

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A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

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Global Temperature

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Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic.

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Racist Advertising Makes Racists of Us All

Racism is so successfully marketed in our societies, says British hip-hop artist Akala, that even he looks askance at a young black man holding a lot of cash.

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Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

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Earth at Risk in New Epoch Ruled by Destructive Humans

Scientists warn that our fate is in our own hands as humans now control almost every aspect of the planet, on a scale akin to the great forces of nature.

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John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

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All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race Monday.

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Here’s Why It’s Time to Give Up the Idea That Everyone Must Go to College

The biggest absurdity is that a college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class when not every young person is suited to four years of college. This has to stop.

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Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

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Arsenic in California Wine

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Which Sheet Best Hides Bigotry?

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Ted Cruz Set to Launch Presidential Campaign Monday

This should come as no surprise: The Republican U.S. senator from Texas will throw his hat in the ring as a contender for the White House in the 2016 election. Two of his advisers say he will make the announcement Monday.

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If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process.

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GOP Insanity Explained

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Protesters Assail Austerity Policies at Madrid ‘Dignity March’

Thousands took part in a “march for dignity” and against austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched regional election in southern Spain.

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Starbucks CEO Burdens Employees With Conversations About Race

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has asked his U.S. employees to talk with customers about race relations in a campaign the company calls #RaceTogether—and many of them aren’t thrilled about it.

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Greeks Hold to Nazi-Era Claims Ahead of Prime Minister’s Visit to Berlin

Jewish leaders in Thessaloniki, Greece, are considering how to reclaim—with interest—fares that Nazi Germany made nearly 60,000 Jews pay to send themselves to their deaths at Auschwitz.

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Guantanamo’s Ex-Detainees Find Little Solace in Uruguay

Release from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the South American country has not amounted to freedom for many of the men whom the U.S. government previously regarded as “high threat” members of al-Qaida’s global terrorist network.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 Republican budget, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for the post of attorney general, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

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How Violence in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear Disaster

One big problem with the recent calls for a Western military role in the Ukraine conflict is the Chernobyl reactor, whose core exploded in 1986 and must be watched forever. The old sarcophagus that contains it must be replaced next year and cannot wait out a war.

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Vladimir Putin Not Responsible for Ukrainian Civil War, Expert Says

Through a careful review of recent history, Russia and Soviet scholar Paul Robinson debunks the claim that the Russian president is directing the rebels fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region.

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Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption

Higher education is defined more and more as simply another core element of corporate power and culture, viewed mostly as a waste of taxpayers’ money, and denied its value as a democratic public sphere and guardian of public values.

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When Teenagers Pick $14 Million Condos

In the age of Internet access, children’s ability to become productively curious about almost anything has made the adolescent sons and daughters of wealthy New York City families important players in the discovery and selection of multimillion-dollar homes.

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Mysterious ‘Sleeping Disease’ Perplexes Scientists and Doctors

Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people’s brains to “switch off” and go into comas.

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Jon Stewart Calls Fox News Out on Its Hypocrisy and Racism Regarding Ferguson

“The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear,” says the “Daily Show” host: “ ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?’ ”

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State of the Middle East

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Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis

An interview clip reveals the renowned linguist’s take on the popular Catholic Church leader regarding “liberation theology” in his native Argentina.

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Race Talk

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Will an Emboldened Netanyahu Lead Israel to National Suicide?

By making Benjamin Netanyahu the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, Jewish Israeli voters have chosen occupation, apartheid and periodic bouts of warfare.

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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

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Measuring the Moral Posture of Rand Paul

Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat.

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The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy

With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

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Flush the TPP

President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united. Yes, that’s right.

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Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

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White House Office Celebrates Sunshine Week by Thwarting Freedom of Information Act Requests

Civil liberties advocates now have yet another reason to say President Obama has broken his 2008 promise to run the most transparent White House in history.

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Ecuadorean Official: The U.S. Is the Threat in the Americas, Not Venezuela

The Obama administration is being criticized across Latin America for instituting new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says the U.S. has it backward.

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Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

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Tax Bracketology

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Bibi Flip-Flop

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So-Called Luxury Communists Envision a Post-Work Society Ahead

Left-leaning techno-utopians talk of a possible future when machines do the heavy lifting, employment as we know it disappears, and humanity enjoys an era of unprecedented leisure.

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