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Greece’s Solidarity Movement: ‘A Whole New Model—and It’s Working’

There are accounts of Greeks pulling together to support themselves and each other ahead of an election that polls predict will result in a leadership firmly opposed to austerity policies imposed by the European Union.

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The Sociological and Cultural Factors Behind the Paris Attack

Anthropologist Scott Atran interviewed would-be and convicted terrorists to learn about the combination of religion, European culture and influence from terrorist organizations that drove the gunmen in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

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The Muhammad Minute

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Melting Away

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Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

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Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

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We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

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The Unquiet Agony of the Young Doves: Thailand After the Coup

Using terror to silence people is a method that gets results in Thailand. I have noticed that the medicine given in order to create fear is of different strengths depending on one’s social position.

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‘American Sniper’: American Hero or American Psycho?

“American Sniper” exemplifies a sense of macho, white male braggadocio that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the right-wing, pro-war, pro-gun, bully culture of the United States.

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Football Scandal

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Special Delivery: California Woman Suing FedEx Over Late Wife’s Spousal Benefits

FedEx is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by a California woman who claims the speedy delivery company refused to recognize her marriage with another woman.

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A Real-Life Murder Mystery Is Unraveling in Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner first called the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman a suicide. Now she’s calling it a murder.

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Is the Democratic Party Committing Suicide?

A writer argues that progressives should be wary of following the Democratic Party down a path of self-destruction; Facebook is now cited in a third of divorce cases in the U.K. as evidence of “inappropriate behavior”; and applicants can now read what college admissions committees write about them during their decision process. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Many Young Americans May Never Escape the City

Young people who flocked to the United States’ biggest metro areas to build careers are finding it harder to leave as places elsewhere that many of them find more desirable for raising families do not offer well-paying jobs.

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State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

“In his next-to-last State of the Union address,” writes Glen Ford, Editor of the Black Agenda Report, “President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office.”

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‘More’ and ‘War’: The Tao of Washington

In a sense, there are only two operative words in twenty-first-century Washington: more and war. In this context, there really is just one well-policed party of thought in town.

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Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels Is Faster Than Feared

Harvard researchers find that there has been an almost threefold annual increase in global sea levels over the last quarter of a century.

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This Week SCOTUS Will Take Up One of the Most Important Civil Rights Cases of the Last Decade

Many fear Texas case could gut the landmark Fair Housing Act.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Was Imported by GOP to Ensure a War With Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

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Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

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Microsoft Is Going to Fill the World With Holograms

Drawing inspiration from the stuff of fantasy, Microsoft has announced plans to release a new platform and “augmented reality visor” that will fill your world with videos, images and three-dimensional objects.

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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

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Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

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Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant, who was part of the U.S. Predator drone program for more than four years, talks about remote warfare and how he came to a stopping point in 2011.

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A Report to the City Commissioners: A Poem About Freedom and Privacy in the Surveillance Age

At a time when the surveillance state seems stronger than ever, award-winning poet David Wagoner reminds us that sometimes even the most regimented pursuits may lead to a freedom that can only be found in unexpected places.

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Tries New Way to Sell Albums in Shifting Industry

Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle has released his new album, “Mailbox Money,” online for free. So what’s in it for him?

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State of the Union

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Dream vs. Reality

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Multitasking: It’s Dangerous and It Doesn’t Really Exist

Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin summarizes the latest research into the neurological effects of so-called multitasking in a world where email, Facebook and instant messaging demand our attention more or less constantly.

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Over 50,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled Into Yellowstone River

The governor of Montana has declared a state of emergency after 50,400 gallons of oil spilled Saturday from a pipeline into the longest undammed river in the United States.

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A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

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Record Temperatures Underline Danger to Planet

As statistics confirm that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, leading scientists say climate change trends are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Log Jam

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Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

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Nerds, Rejoice: Obama Promises to Send Astronauts to Mars ... to Stay

What is it about men in the twilight of their presidencies that has them reaching to the stars?

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Larry Wilmore Makes His Comedy Central Bow to Promising Reviews

Stephen Colbert has a tough act to follow in replacing David Letterman on the “Late Show” later this year—but then again, following Stephen Colbert is no easy feat either. The latter job fell to Comedy Central’s newest host, Larry Wilmore, on Monday night.

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Following the Hottest Year on Record, Republicans Remain Clueless on Climate Change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress—some of them cynical, others clueless—in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

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Watch the 2015 State of the Union

Full text of the speech and video after the jump.

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SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

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War Mania Will Only Fan Muslim Cultural Crisis in Europe

The upheaval in non-Muslim attitudes towards Muslims presents a bigger and more urgent problem than what the Muslims think about us, even when they kill us.

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I Scream You Scream

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Obamacare Site Gives Personal Data to Outside Websites

Just as President Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections, the government’s health insurance website is passing registrants’ personal information to outside websites.

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The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

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East vs. West: ‘It’s Time for a New Enlightenment’

Pankaj Mishra, Indian author of “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,” manifests the direction of thought and feeling that seems most likely to save populations caught in the violence of increasingly opposed cultural traditions after Charlie Hebdo.

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The Golden Age of Black Ops

Just 66 days into fiscal 2015—America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80 percent of 2014’s total. This secret war across much of the planet remains unknown to most Americans.

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