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VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

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Ireland on Its Way to Becoming First Country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.

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VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Where Does Israel Get the Right to Lock Thousands of Civilians Behind a Gate?

For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA

In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.

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Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

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The Smarter Bush

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen Gather to Retake Ramadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to the Islamic State group.

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Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Jeb Bush’s Iraq Blunder: Is Learning From the Past a Disservice to Soldiers?

The “Daily Show” host combs through every one of Jeb Bush’s answers to the simple question posed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: Knowing what we know now, would you have gone to Iraq? What he finds is both ridiculous and hilarious.

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Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

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VIDEO: Busting Up Wall Street Is Step 4 in Saving the Economy

When Americans think of how the economic rules are stacked against them, they naturally think of Wall Street, which is back to many of its old tricks. Its lobbyists are now busily rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act—legislation intended to prevent another crash.

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Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?

Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

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Amtrak

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Amtrak Neglect

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Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

Far right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.

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Jeb Bush

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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want Obama to Join the ‘Fight for $15’ to Raise Minimum Wage

The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives’ biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.

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VIDEO: Expanding Social Security Is Step 3 in Saving the Economy

You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement. Baloney on both counts.

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VIDEO: Obama Trades Transparency

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Cuba’s Had Cancer-Suppressing Drugs for Years, but Thanks to the Trade Embargo, We Haven’t

One of Cuba’s most incredible discoveries, a lung cancer vaccine, is about to cross U.S. borders.

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Palestinians Welcome the Pope’s Recognition of Their State

The Arabic press widely and favorably reported the news that the Vatican has recognized Palestine as a state in a new treaty with it, despite a strong protest from Israel.

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College Student Tells Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Jeb Bush, in a comment on TV this week, justified his brother’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and suffered heavy political fire as a result. Then, on Wednesday, the presidential hopeful faced his toughest critic yet: a 19-year-old in Nevada.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Did U.K. Conservatives Threaten the BBC With Cuts During the Recent Election?

In an eye-opening piece for The Guardian, one of the Labour Party leader’s senior advisers claims that the Tories continually interfered with press freedoms during the U.K. general election by threatening BBC journalists and executives.

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

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Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?

The presidential candidate’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly, in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



What Nike, Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Have in Common

Nike may be the perfect example of life under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that is not a future many Americans would choose.

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VIDEO: Is Michelle Obama’s Viral Speech on Race Condescending?

The first lady delivered a powerful, evocative commencement speech at Tuskegee University on Saturday about the daily “sting” of racism, but it’s possible that in her attempt to be inspiring, Obama ended up patronizing her audience.

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VIDEO: Making Work Family-Friendly Is Step Two in Making the Economy Work for the Many

People shouldn’t have to choose between providing for their families and being good parents. Yet “family-friendly” work is still a pipe dream.

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How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

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Hawaii Goes Green and Other Big Renewables Stories

By an overwhelming margin, the Hawaii Legislature has just passed a bill to have 100 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2045.

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VIDEO: John Oliver’s Message on Mother’s Day: If We Really Love Our Moms, They Should Get Paid Leave

This Mother’s Day HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host reminded us that the only other country that doesn’t provide women with paid maternity leave is Papua New Guinea.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia as the Incredible Hulk: King Salman Snubs Obama’s Gulf Summit

Watching Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia nowadays, is like Kremlin-watching in the old days of the Cold War.

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Hillary Super PAC

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Baltimore Terror

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Jade Helm

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Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Why U.S. Public Higher Education No Longer Actually Exists

Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more inside.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE


Pam Geller’s Islamification

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VIDEO: ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Jessica Williams Celebrates Gay Marriage Opponents’ ‘Last Hurrah’

“This is the last time that I’ll be able to hang out with these adorable bigots,” she says in mock tears as insults and hellish threats pour in from all sides at an anti-gay marriage rally in Washington, D.C.

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Israel’s Government Ratchets Even Further Right: Great Moments in Colonialism

If such a government as the current Israeli coalition were elected in Europe, with such principles and goals, no other capital would receive its politicians because they would be seen as toxic for their ultra-nationalism and discrimination against minorities.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE


Decision 2016

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Muhammad Edited

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VIDEO: The Edward Snowden Interview the U.S. Media Didn’t Want You to Watch

In light of the recent revelations gleaned from the Snowden documents, we dug up the video and transcript of Edward Snowden’s first interview with a media outlet, a clip from the German channel ARD, which wasn’t covered by U.S. media.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


Conversation on Race

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Why We Should Care About the Upcoming U.K. Elections

The British general election may prove as significant for Europe, and even for the United States, as for Britain itself.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


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