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Nordic Countries Pledge to Strengthen Military Alliance Against Russia

Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland have declared their intent to cooperate militarily against Russia, which they described as “the biggest challenge to European security.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: 2016, Barack and Raul, Murder in South Carolina

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 presidential hopefuls coming into view: Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Also, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro talk on the phone, and why isn’t police brutality being discussed on the campaign trail?

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Forests Can Soak Up a Third of Carbon Emissions

A report commissioned by Prince Charles’ charity says protecting tropical forests could enable the absorption of billions of metric tons of carbon emissions.

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How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

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Bill Maher May Have Finally Gone Too Far (Video)

In a now-viral quip, the comedian compares former One Direction singer Zayn Malik to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Stones Tour

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Vaccination Zombie Apocalypse

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Cop Cam

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Police Body Cameras Aren’t Enough—We Need More Videos by Witnesses

“The case of Walter Scott shows just how valuable a citizen with a camera can be,” writes Morgan Hargrave, a member of a group that trains civilians to expose human rights abuses with video. “We don’t need more video from the police perspective, but more from our own.”

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Hillary in Wonderland

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UNICEF: One-Third of Fighters in Yemen Are Children

Children make up a third of the combatants in Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, says a U.N. official.

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‘Democracy Now!’ Co-Host Asks: How Many Shooting Videos Must We Endure?

As evidence of the police killing of South Carolina man Walter Scott continues to pile up, “Democracy Now!” co-host Juan González asks in a column for the New York Daily News, “How many more heartbreaking videos of cops killing black males must we endure?”

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The Future of Violence

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Data and Goliath

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Data and Goliath

It was actually the corporate world that built a “massive Internet eavesdropping system,” a new book notes, and the NSA just tapped into it. “It’s less Big Brother, and more hundreds of tattletale little brothers.”

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Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

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Canada Will Lose Many Glaciers as Climate Warms

Climate change could cause many glaciers in western Canada to start disappearing by 2040, affecting people and places that depend on their water.

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Stop and Search

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Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised

The Social Progress Index has published the latest global data on quality of life, and America’s “We’re No. 1” crowd isn’t left with much to shout about.

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Jerry Brown—Drought and High-Speed Rail

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Rand Is Running

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Climate Change

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The California Water Crisis Isn’t About Lifestyle—It’s About Crops

There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These news items and more.

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Obama Supports Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for LGBT Youths

Remember when President Obama wasn’t making the strongest case for securing the civil rights of LGBT Americans and wouldn’t, for example, come out in favor of gay marriage? Looks like things are a bit different for our 2015-edition POTUS.

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South Carolina Cop Radioed Dubious Taser Claim Six Seconds After Shooting Victim (Audio and Video)

Six seconds after firing his final shot, the police officer who killed South Carolinian Walter Scott radioed colleagues and claimed Scott had “grabbed my Taser.” A video taken by a witness suggests the unarmed man did not possess the stun gun at any point.

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Here Are Some of the Reasons It’s Messed Up to Make the Poor Prove They Deserve Government Aid

Legislators want to limit how citizens in need spend government benefits and force them to give up their privacy and freedom in the process. The Washington Post’s Emily Badger explains why this is evidence of a blatant double standard.

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Manhunters Inc.: How the Predator Became Washington’s Calling Card

The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”

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Will the Federal Reserve Raise Interest Rates?

For the first time since the global recession, Federal Reserve officials are divided over whether to raise interest rates. This occurs amid signs that U.S. economic growth has slowed.

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Three-Eyed Billy Embraces the Apocalypse

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Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

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British M.D.: Privatization Compromises the Quality of Health Care

A year spent working as a doctor in India taught Hannah Fox “how a publicly funded healthcare system creates an optimal environment for ethical decision-making,” especially in end-of-life care.

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Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been convicted on all counts in the Boston Marathon bombings. Here are some of the ways the Tsarnaev brothers broke Muslim law.

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Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Tsarnaev Found Guilty of All Counts, Including 17 Carrying Possible Death Penalty

The verdict is in on the Boston bombing trial, leaving the jury to deliberate over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty or a life sentence for his role in the 2013 tragedy.

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South Carolina Police Officer Arrested for Killing Black Man (Video)

Relatives of a South Carolina man killed by a police officer while running away have called for justice following the shooting—the latest in a series of killings of black men by U.S. cops. “Democracy Now!” reviews footage of the killing.

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Stand With Rand

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Iraqi Sunnis Struggle for Survival Against ISIS

Sunni Muslims who moved back into their neighborhoods in Iraq as five years of violence started to abate in 2008 are being forced out again, “this time mostly by Isis extremists.”

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TSA ‘Behavior Detection Program’ Aimed at Undocumented Immigrants, Not Terrorists

A Transportation Security Administration checklist that presents yawning, throat clearing and staring at one’s feet as “suspicious” behavior targets undocumented immigrants, Intercept reporter Jana Winter tells “Democracy Now!”

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How America Became an Oligarchy

At the core of the doctrine that all people have “certain inalienable rights” is the right to vote. But the collective will of American voters no longer prevails. And private banking is largely to blame.

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‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

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How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians.

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Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul

Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

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The Struggle for Palestine: What’s Winnable, What’s Not

In Europe’s parliamentary debates, discussion of a one-state solution is rare or nonexistent, but for some in the Palestinian solidarity movement, a two-state solution is unambitious.

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Truthdig Nominated for Webby Award in Political Blog/Websites Category

Well, this is a real honor: Truthdig is grateful to be a 2015 Webby Awards nominee for Best Political Blog/Website. Needless to say, we’re in some good company.

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Ebola, One Year On

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Dealing With Iran

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