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Did Donald Trump Actually Win the First Presidential Debate?

Writer Ted Rall argues that, if debates are “graded on a curve,” the Republican candidate did better than the Democrat on Monday night; vegetarianism might be beneficial to the planet, but it could negatively impact the lives of millions if practiced worldwide; meanwhile, more affordable solar panels have changed investors’ minds about fossil fuels. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Paris Officials Seek to Destroy Potential Evidence in Attack in Nice, France

Nice authorities believe CCTV footage could yield information in the July 14 incident that killed more than 80 people, but the Paris prosecutor’s office wants the images destroyed.

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France’s Smartphone App Is Criticized for Its Slow Response to Tragedy in Nice

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, the French government launched a smartphone application to rapidly alert users of a breaking crisis. However, the app was reportedly three hours late in warning users of the crisis in Nice, France, on Thursday.

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Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

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New French Law Targets ‘Johns,’ Not Prostitutes—Buying Sex Is Now Illegal

“You don’t hire a woman like you hire a car. Our society should no longer tolerate it,” explained the head of the Socialist group in the French Parliament.

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The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

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Solar Club Builds Up a Powerful Alliance

Indian and French leaders fulfill pledges made at the Paris climate talks to help 122 solar-rich nations reach their potential in renewable energy production.

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Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

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The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

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Why Islamic State Is the Minor Leagues of Terror

As 2016 begins, terror remains the 800-pound gorilla (in reality, a marmoset) in the American room and just about the only national security issue that truly matters. So why shouldn’t I join the crowd? First, let’s put Islamic State in perspective.

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The World Mocks the Promise of Christmas

Killing in the name of God is not a new thing in history—and nothing does more to discredit faith.

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I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever

Americans’ discomfort with other peoples’ religious faiths goes hand in hand with Islamophobia.

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2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

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‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

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The Creeping Villainy of American Politics

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech in political discourse are signs of our society’s morbidity.

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The Third Democratic Debate: The Gloves Come Off

Two issues dominated the opening of the third and last Democratic presidential debate of 2015: the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach controversy, and foreign policy—namely how to deal with Islamic State. (Updated)

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After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

The accord reached at COP21 does not require emission cuts to be made within a framework of climate justice. That is why grass-roots activism is now more important than ever.

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In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle East.

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Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

“I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

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Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert: Paris Climate Agreement Sets Bar as ‘Low as It Could Possibly Go’

World leaders are being awfully self-congratulatory about doing the absolute minimum to keep the planet “hospitable for human life.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Here’s What Noam Chomsky Really Thinks About the November Paris Attacks

When asked at a conference hosted by AcTVism Munich what European leaders should do in response to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris, the renowned linguist raised a crucial question: “It depends what they want to do. Do they want to encourage further terrorism or do they want to end that kind of terrorism?”

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

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Pre-Eminent Climate Scientist James Hansen Calls Paris Deal a ‘Fraud’; John Kerry Begs to Differ

Don’t count climate scientist James Hansen among those joining the back-slapping brigade following the conclusion of the COP21 climate change summit near Paris.

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Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

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COP21: What It Does—and Doesn’t—Accomplish

In terms of avoiding catastrophic climate change, there’s an enormous—and disastrous—gap between what was agreed to at the Paris summit and what was needed.

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VIDEO: COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris Reaches Landmark Deal

After two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed to a carbon emissions-slashing deal that may signal an end to the fossil fuel era.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: Climate Justice at the Twilight of the Talks

By Sonali Kolhatkar

As Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, she explores the official and unofficial places where climate justice activists gather, and she learns what some had planned for the final day of talks.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Carbon Levy Is Possible for Big Fossil Fuel Firms

Fewer than a hundred fossil fuel companies are responsible for 63 percent of human-caused CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. The U.N.’s Climate Summit is being urged to make them pay.

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On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

Although an agreement in the Paris negotiations appears to be near, those most affected by climate change remain unheard.

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VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters Flooding COP21 Summit

Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released Wednesday at the Paris climate conference.

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Renewables Are Raising Stop Signs

With carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere the highest for 800,000 years, news of a possible halt this year in the rise of greenhouse gas emissions provides a boost for climate talks.

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VIDEO: Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Is Reached in Paris

While negotiators from 195 countries at the United Nations climate summit approved a provisional deal aimed at curbing global carbon emissions, indigenous people from around the world took to the waterways of Paris to demand respect for their rights and the environment.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Emperor Weather

If he comes to power, history will end in some sense. There will be no hope of democracy because he won’t care a whit about what we think, say or do, nor of revolt—because you can’t revolt against physics.

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Scientists Post Extreme Weather Warning

Climate change means that temperate Europe faces the twin threat of life-threatening heat waves and periods of bitter cold over the next 20 years.

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Apocalyptic Capitalism

The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Retort to London Attacker Goes Viral

With anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment on the rise in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a social media hashtag aims to push back against the reactionary blame game.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



Uruguay Now Gets Nearly 95 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Less than 10 years after instituting a new energy policy, the country has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, reports the country’s head of climate change policy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

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Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Clean Energy Gathers Steam

As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



People’s Global Climate March 2015: Taking to the Streets for Our Future

On the biggest day of climate change activism ever seen worldwide, millions of people are joining in Sunday, at more than 2,500 events around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening Monday in Paris.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Hollande and Putin Meet as France Considers an Alliance With the Syrian Army (Video)

French President Francois Hollande met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, in his marathon search for a “grand and unique coalition” against Islamic State (Daesh) in Syria.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests

“We must not suspend democracy and freedom while proclaiming our commitment to democracy and freedom,” declares a letter sent to French President François Hollande.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



Imagination Warfare: Targeting Youths on the Streets of Paris

Recognizing that the terrorist attacks of both 9/11 and Paris this month were committed by young men provides insight for addressing the conditions that made them possible.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials and pundits have argued that government agencies should have a “back door” to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


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