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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Declares Itself to Be the World’s Leading Terror State and Is Proud of It

The acclaimed linguist and philosopher sits down with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders to discuss the crimes America was founded on, how social movements like the Ferguson protests can help the U.S. progress, and other topics such as capitalism, China and his friendship with none other than Amy Goodman’s father.

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Here Are 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Won’t Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars

Some observers have alleged that lower oil prices will slow down the green energy revolution.

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How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

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Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print

Somehow U.S. lawmakers have used a defense spending bill to sell Native American burial ground to mining giant Rio Tinto. Yay, capitalism!

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A Handful of Corporate Lawyers Have the Supreme Court’s Ear

The marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court bears the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” but an elite group of attorneys has emerged as first among equals, and they represent corporations, not people.

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Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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Answering Evil With Evil

The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings.

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Jobless U.S. Males Are Deprived and Discouraged—Not Lazy

The share of unemployed American men age 25 to 54 has more than tripled since the 1960s. Many want to work, but the wages paid by what few jobs are available don’t support a desirable quality of life.

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Story/Time

“Story/Time: The Life of an Idea,” by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, reads like the origin story of a superhero, in which the most intriguing parts revolve around how the superhero discovers and acquires his power.

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The Abolition of Abolition

A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as President Obama ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition.

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Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

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Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits Zero Dark Thirty.

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Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Contested Spending Bill Hangs in the Balance in Congress (Updated)

We’re teetering on the brink of a major holiday season, which can mean only one thing on Capitol Hill: looming legislative deadlock.

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Report: 48 Dead Due to Alleged Poisoning in Venezuelan Jail

The exact cause of the inmates’ deaths has been the subject of conflicting reports.

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Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law.

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‘Sabu’ Tells Charlie Rose How He Went From Anonymous Hactivist to FBI Informant

Former-“Anonymous”-hactivist-turned-FBI-informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu,” has turned to the news media to defend himself against accusations of “snitching” on his colleagues.

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Russell Brand: We Need to Know That People Are Being Pointlessly Tortured Around the World

The “Trews” host weighs in on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the right-wing media’s response.

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Edward Snowden Comments on the CIA’s Secret Torture Report

“If we can run a rendition, a kidnapping, a detention program, a torture program, keep it secret for years, and then when it is revealed, hold no one to account, what does this mean for the future direction of our society?” the NSA whistle-blower said after the U.S. Senate’s release of the CIA torture report.

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China Now Has the World’s Largest Economy, Not That It Wanted the Title

The time has come to ponder the implications of China overtaking the U.S. as the largest economy in the world earlier than previously projected; U.K. scientists have made a finding that could help us better treat obesity; meanwhile, perhaps what is most telling about the torture report is not what we can read, but what we can’t. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Twisted Up Do You Have to Be to Deny Our Actions?: Stewart and Colbert React to CIA Torture

Fortunately, there are two TV pundits who are, at the very least, trying to help Americans process the ignominy of CIA torture without resorting to blatant denial.

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Black Bodies, Broken Worlds and a Post-Tax Society

Somewhere in America tonight, another poor person who the police deem a threat will be killed. Tomorrow another, and then another. These deaths are not an outrage against this system. They are normal for this system.

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Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so—with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries—long after you’re dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes?

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Debate Heats Up on Risk of Frozen Fossil Fuel Assets

Investors are wondering whether putting money into fossil fuels makes sense—and the same question is now being asked by heavy hitters in the banking industry.

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Cheney’s Torture Anthem

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The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney

The hall at the International Criminal Court in the Hague was packed today as the trial began of former U.S. Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney.

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We Have to Change the Way We Report on Rape

One of the important questions raised by Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia rape story is how journalists write about the victims.

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Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

First, it’s necessary to understand the setting, and who is at the table and who is not.

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When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.

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CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

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Ferguson Protesters Named Runners-Up for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Issue

While Time magazine chose Ebola fighters as the 2014 “Person of the Year,” the runners-up include the Ferguson protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”

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President Obama Hosts ‘Colbert Report’ to Show Colbert Up…and Spread the Word About Obamacare

As Jon Stewart mentioned on the “Daily Show” on Tuesday, the decision to time the president’s appearance on the “Colbert Report” to air before the Senate’s CIA torture report was released may not be purely coincidental.

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Comprehensive Study Shows Abortions Are ‘Very Safe’ and Far Less Risky Than Giving Birth

Despite the fact that officials all over the U.S. feel the need to regulate abortion as though it were a pernicious procedure, a study by UC San Francisco researchers shows that complications rarely occur after an abortion.

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Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out What Came First: Bush’s Knowledge of CIA Torture or His Denial

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed that the CIA lied to many people, including former President George W. Bush, about the heinous torture methods it employed. Until 2006, that is.

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Israel, Egypt Implicated in Torture: Middle East Reactions to Senate Report Lament Their Involvement

That the release in Washington of a dense 450 page report on CIA torture conducted a decade ago would provoke massive demonstrations in the Middle East all along struck me as unlikely.

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Don’t Expect Supreme Court Action on the Senate’s Torture Report

The anticipated litigation about the CIA’s interrogation tactics will soon land in the lap of the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court, as issues of critical national importance invariably do. How the high court will rule, however, remains a disturbingly open question.

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Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

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Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

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CIA Torture Report Finally Released by Senate, Revealing Extreme and Ineffective Methods

After four years of investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee, charged with overseeing the CIA, released its “landmark report” on the agency’s use of torture Tuesday morning. 

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Uber Banned in Delhi After Woman Accuses Driver of Rape

The Transport Department of the Delhi region forbade the car-sharing service from operating in India’s capital Monday after a woman was allegedly raped by one of its drivers.

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Uruguay Takes In Several Guantanamo Bay Prisoners After President Mujica’s Offer

After the second time the outgoing Uruguayan President José Mujica urged President Obama to release the “human beings who [are] suffering an atrocious kidnapping at Guantanamo” and reiterated his offer to take several detainees in, the U.S. government obliged.

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Why the Founding Fathers Considered Banning Torture Foundational to the U.S. Constitution

For the most part, right wing principles are diametrically opposed to the Enlightenment and Deist values of most of the framers of the United States.

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