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Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

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Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in the United States

The significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on housing discrimination was almost lost beneath the wave of responses to its decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and affirming gays’ and lesbians’ right to marry.

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The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

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Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open ... for Now

The Supreme Court on Monday put a stop to parts of Texas’ anti-abortion law, which would have closed all but nine abortion clinics in the state.

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Chris Hedges Wins L.A. Press Club’s Top Award for Activism Journalism

The Truthdig columnist was honored Sunday night for his column “The Last Days of Tomas Young,” which “sharply skewers a VA system that failed to aid the very people it’s meant to serve.”

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After Obama’s Charleston Eulogy, What Will Change?

After a few choruses of “Kumbaya,” things tend to go back to the way they were. Is there any reason to believe that this time things will be different?

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SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

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The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

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Drop the Flag

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

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Will the Machines Ever Rise Up?

“Apocalyptic pronouncements from scientists and entrepreneurs have driven [a] surge in interest” in artificial intelligence, writes The Guardian’s science editor Ian Sample. But is it reasonable to expect that machines will one day willfully turn on their human creators?

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Greek Banks Close Indefinitely After Weekend That Shook the Euro

Greeks found their savings blocked and banks closed Monday morning after a standoff between the country and its bailout creditors that cast doubt on the future of Europe’s single-currency zone.

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America’s Got War: Poverty, Drugs, the Middle East and Terror

When you define something as war, you dictate the use of militarized or coercive forces as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser or even a traitor.

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Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

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Obamacare Emergency

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Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican

The activist and “This Changes Everything” author said she was “surprised but delighted” to receive an invitation from the head of the Catholic Church to lead a conference this week, adding that while others may think his ideas on economics are wrong, she’s on his side.

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No, GOP, Biblical Marriage Was Not Between One Man and One Woman

The freakout by the Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provokes me to revise and reprise the following points.

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The Lonely American

Communal activities, from attendance at sporting events to civic organizations, have plummeted. We are isolated and have become hapless victims of corporate propaganda. We must reconnect to resist.

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Chelsea Manning: SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Rule Out Need for LGBT Movement

In an essay published in The Guardian after the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Chelsea Manning traced the arc of progress on the issue of LGBT rights, starting from the moment California’s controversial Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 to Friday’s stunning SCOTUS victory.

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Glenn Greenwald: Victory for Marriage Equality ‘Exposes the Myth of Defeatism’

Friday’s Supreme Court decision recognizing the legal right of same-sex couples to marry “demonstrates that real political change typically comes from citizens, not leaders,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Early Marriage Rights Champion Gavin Newsom

When the then-mayor of San Francisco ordered his city to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, he helped put the United States on the course that culminated in this week’s historic Supreme Court decision to recognize the marriage rights of gay couples nationwide.

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VIDEO: Robert Scheer: ‘Imperialism Is a Loser’ (Part 5 of 10)

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself” to discuss why the energy of the mass political movements of 1960s America dissipated and how the United States could prosper without resorting to the tactics of empire.

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Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

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Marriage License

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Liberty and Justice for All

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Bernie Sanders Closes In on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democratic Primary Poll

A CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday showed the socialist senator from Vermont just 8 points behind the former secretary of state in the New Hampshire primary for the Democratic ticket in 2016 presidential race.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Love Wins

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about gay marriage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry throughout the United States.

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Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

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Obamacare

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VIDEO: Obama Gives Scathing Speech on Race and Gun Violence at Charleston Shooting Victim’s Memorial

“For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” said the president at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina last week.

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Middle Management Is on Its Way Out; Here’s Why Millennials Are Happy About It

Technology and generational shifts have led to a decline in the importance of middle management positions, and no one welcomes the change more than millennials.

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How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

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The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face.

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Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

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Apparently Justice Thomas Believes the Court Is No Place for Human Dignity

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated in his closing opinion on the marriage equality case that “slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.”

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Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart to Bobby Jindal: ‘Crank It Up!’

After Donald Trump’s over-the-top presidential announcement—imbued with racist and offensive comments—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal needed to come out swinging, said the “Daily Show” host.

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Gay Marriage

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Scalia Broods

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Obamacare Republican Reaction

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The Fall of the Confederacy?

A native South Carolinian says finishing off the Confederate state of mind will require more than just getting rid of an offensive flag.

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Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine as a State by Signing Treaty

The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage Legal Nationwide

Same-sex marriage became legal across the whole of the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban the unions unconstitutional.

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Study: Democracy Declining in More Than Half of U.N. Member States

A new report released by a long-established civil rights advocacy group says democracy is waning and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the 193 states that belong to the United Nations.

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