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Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

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After Two Fatal Police Shootings, Trump Calls for ‘Nationwide Stop-and-Frisk’

The widely condemned police practice was abandoned in New York City after a federal judge struck it down as unconstitutional, finding that it disproportionately targeted minorities.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Hot-Air Balloon Is Ripping

No one, at this point, should cling to the illusion that a vote for Trump is a vote for any specific policy on any given issue.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech About Hillary Clinton Was Filled With Inaccuracies (Video)

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) co-founder Jeff Cohen dissected the former president’s 43-minute talk and found many of the policy claims he made to be wrong.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

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Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



The Challenge of Being Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin representative has always wanted to be several things at the same time, and they have not been easy to keep in balance. And as the newly GOP-nominated speaker of the House, being Paul Ryan has just gotten even harder.

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Oslo to Become the First Major City to Ban Cars From Its Center

Norway’s capital plans to permanently ban all cars from its city center by 2019, becoming the first European capital to do so. It will also create more than 35 miles of bike lanes and invest heavily in public transportation.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

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Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

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Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

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How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



China, Russia and the U.S. May Be Gearing Up for War in Space

While the prospect of war in space is hardly new (think Reagan-era “Star Wars”), the three powers are known to be developing and testing controversial new capabilities with terrifying implications—despite their denial of such work.

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Teacher or Spy? Curbing Freedom of Expression in Britain’s Schools

Under new laws, U.K. teachers are expected to act as the “eyes and ears of the state.”

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Pentagon Working on Plan to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday paved the way for transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military. Some estimates put the number of transgender people in the military at 15,000.

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Overheating Earth Staggers Into Last Chance Saloon

Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilization from ultimate collapse.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Talks Take a Rocky Road to Paris

The U.N. climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Shortly After Mother’s Day, U.N. Says U.S. ‘Losing Out’ Over Paid Maternity Leave

The United States is one of just three countries not to guarantee any paid maternity leave, a policy that costs the nation dearly.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Companies Doze as Climate Change Threatens

The advances of science and the rapid changes in the economy are leaving the U.S. corporate world far behind, say researchers, who warn that the sector must change urgently.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



‘Forget the Cost—Tackle Climate Anyway’

If we want to be sure the world will remain habitable we should stop trying to work out the cost and just take action anyway, two researchers say—and in any case, the cost is unknowable.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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War With Iran: Nothing Is What It Seems

The war being promoted in the United States against Iran is (or would be) a war of aggression disguised, by but also to the leaders themselves, as a preventive war necessitated by threat.

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Israel-Born Daughter of Foreign Worker Faces Deportation

The Israeli Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that it will deport the 4-year-old daughter of a foreign worker despite the fact that the girl was born and attended school in Israel. (more)

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Gorbachev’s ‘New Policy Forum’ Hints at the Future

No one attending the New Policy Forum in Sofia was very interested in Washington’s present military and geostrategic preoccupations.

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U.S. Contemplates More of the Scarcely Believable in ‘Af-Pak’

The people who are running the war in Afghanistan are contemplating an air attack on one of Pakistan’s principal cities, the capital of its largest province, for reasons that defy logic.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


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The Right’s Twisted Blame Game

Listening to the president’s critics, it would be easy to believe that Obama is responsible for the deficits, bailouts, bonuses, nationalized institutions and careening markets. It would be easy to believe but it’s entirely false.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama’s Plan to Save the World

Forget about terrorism for a moment. The potential catastrophe that climate change could unleash on America makes every other national security crisis pale in comparison. President Obama cannot secure the homeland without addressing this global emergency.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE


Sarkozy’s Courtship of NATO Defies Rationality

France’s president has lived up to the stereotype that his people, fond as they are of home vacationing and generally convinced of their own superiority, not infrequently fail to know what they are talking about when dealing with foreign countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE



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A Changing Community Now Wants Softer U.S. Policy on Cuba

A majority of Florida’s Cuban-Americans, including many former hard-liners, have come to oppose a U.S. embargo strategy that has proved futile over the decades.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE



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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE


America’s ‘Strong Commitment to Error’

John Kenneth Galbraith once warned that U.S. foreign policy suffers from institutional rigidity with a “strong commitment to error.” What better proof than the planned surge in Afghanistan?

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Fed Takes a Swing at Foreclosures

After pumping hundreds of billions into the banking system with not much to show for it, Fed chief Ben Bernanke says he will try to reduce the number of foreclosures. As he put it to Rep. Barney Frank: “The goal of the policy is to avoid preventable foreclosures on residential mortgage assets that are held, owned or controlled by a Federal Reserve Bank.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Beware, Mr. Obama, of Tax-Cut Seduction

Much of the business-tax package Obama contemplates fails his own test of cutting business taxes “where it makes sense and is going to work.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Our Cuba Policy: A Failure at 50

President-elect Obama will have more urgent matters to deal with after he takes the oath of office. But somewhere on his long to-do list, he should make a note to finally bring five decades of counterproductive American policy toward Cuba to a definitive end.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Choice for Education Secretary Marks a New Path

  Because Arne Duncan gets along with teachers unions but is also seen as a reformer, his selection was interpreted as a politically shrewd, split-the-difference choice by Obama. But that is not the whole story.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Pondering the Inner Meanings of Bill’s Big List

It’s far-fetched to think Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state would be influenced by foreign donations to her husband’s charitable foundation. But it is naive to think that the newly revealed list of donors won’t provoke suspicion and give rise to conspiracy theories.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Settlement Extremists Threaten Israel’s Moral Substance

The steady expansion of nominally illegal colonies into the Palestinian territories has gone on to the point where the political parties are now incapable of disengaging from the settlement enterprise.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


Breathing New Life Into Health Care

Over the past 10 months, as the hemorrhage of jobs began to push the national unemployment rate toward its October level of 6.5 percent, about 3 million Americans were thrown off the insurance rolls or had their incomes fall so much that they became eligible for Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


Not a Team of Rivals at All

When the journalistic pack bites into a tasty cliché, they often refuse to let go, lazily chewing and regurgitating a phrase like “team of rivals” long after the flavor is gone.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE



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Report Fails 49 States on College Affordability

Because of its inexpensive community colleges, California was the only state to earn a passing grade in the affordability category of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s annual report. Just as the demand for quality education is expected to spike, too many students are priced out of college, the center found.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


Our Dear Leader

Judging by the proliferation of capital letters in the e-mail correspondence I receive, many seem worried that Barack Obama may not deliver the promised “change we can believe in.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


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