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President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

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In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

Whatever your views, you should want government programs to achieve what they set out to do.

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Walls of Silence

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No Peace On Earth

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Even George W. Bush Finds the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision ‘Hard to Understand’

The former president isn’t exactly someone to model a moral compass after, which is why you may find it surprising to hear his reaction to a New York grand jury decision not to indict the policeman whose chokehold preceded Eric Garner’s death.

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Stephen Colbert Thanks Nazis for Getting Congress to Agree on Something

Congress recently looked past its partisan grudges to pass a bill about Nazis. Yes, that’s right: Nazis.

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Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Capital Punishment

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Jon Stewart Loses His Cool and His Sense of Humor Over the Eric Garner Grand Jury Ruling

“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time,” said “The Daily Show” host Wednesday night as he tried to digest the news about another unarmed black man’s death being treated unjustly. “But I would really settle for less fucking tragedy.”

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Affordable Care Act Author Says Single-Payer Health Care Would’ve Been Better

Sen. Tom Harkin openly expresses his regrets about Obamacare; Israel seems headed toward early elections in which Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman may become a “major kingpin”; meanwhile, writer Max Blumenthal explains why he was censored when talking about Israel in Germany. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



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U.N. General Assembly Demands Israel Mothball Its Nuclear Arsenal

The United Nations General Assembly (where all 193 countries in the world get a vote) has almost unanimously demanded that Israel give up its nuclear weapons and cooperate with making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone.

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Will Sweden Grant Edward Snowden Asylum?

Edward Snowden was granted the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel Prize,” in the Swedish Parliament on Monday for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

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In the Weeds

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Is The New York Times Biased When It Comes to Israel?

A former reporter and professor of journalism argues that The New York Times omits and blurs facts to protect Israel; drones are having an impact on the way we measure crowds, which is significant in a number of ways; meanwhile, a Russian TV show tried to prove that American parents turn their children gay with propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

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Thanksgiving 2014

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The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced to his parliament Sunday that inspectors had uncovered 50,000 nonexistent soldiers in four divisions of the Iraqi army.

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Can You Guess What Stone Is Becoming More Valuable Than Diamonds?

Diamonds may soon lose their place as the most coveted stone; technology is revolutionizing the sex-for-hire business; meanwhile, CNN’s Nancy Grace disparages Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony on the killing of Michael Brown. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fox News Bubble

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Mexico’s Government Is ‘Dysfunctional and Corrupt,’ So Why Does Obama Support It?

The disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero has shed light on Enrique Peña Nieto’s failures as president; a study shows a last name can still “set you up for life”; meanwhile, Google Glass may not be a success, but smart glass technology may yet prevail. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Thanksgiving

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Oil Price Fall: Saudi Arabia Targets U.S. Shale Oil, Iran, Iraq, Russia

It is clear that among the major losers in the fall in the price of Brent crude petroleum are Russia, Iraq and Iran. But the big loser will likely be shale oil producers and prospectors in the U.S.

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How Boundaries Separating White School Districts From Nonwhite Communities Are Becoming Flashpoints

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants.

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Iran Leader Khamenei: We Are Not Opposed to Nuclear Talks and Will Accept a Just Deal

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the clerical leader of Iran, told an assemblage of volunteer paramilitary forces on Thursday that he is not opposed to nuclear talks with the P5 +1 and would accept a just and reasonable deal.

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Turkey Day

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Congressional Turkeys

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Thanksgiving Was Always About Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make It Green Again

The popular story about Thanksgiving is an environmental parable that we would do well to remember today.

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Gratitude in a Warring World

As my children’s seventh Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to teach my boys that the holiday is about more than football and stomachaches.

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Thank a Politician Today

It’s a rotten moment to be an elected official. This Thanksgiving, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat.

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Ferguson Isn’t the Only Place Where Police Are Protected by a Broken System

The recent ruling by a St. Louis grand jury on Michael Brown’s shooting sheds light on just how difficult it is to indict a cop; the apocalypse may have something to do with indifference toward climate change; meanwhile, a teacher uses a scrap of paper to teach his students a valuable lesson about inequality and privilege. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Race Inequality Between U.S. Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers

With regard to employment, African-Americans got hit harder by the Bush Depression than did whites, and jobs have not come back for them at nearly the same rate.

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A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE


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As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Exits, Let’s Take a Look at an Islamic State Scorecard

I don’t see anyone talking about how the Defense Department’s response to Islamic State has gone.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



What’s the Problem With Gay Public Displays of Affection?

Apparently some people just can’t deal with gay PDAs, and, surprisingly, it’s not just heterosexuals who get uncomfortable; a former Israeli intelligence leader expresses his fears about the future of Zionism; meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a small town in Poland for being a “hermaphrodite” who “exposes himself in public.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies

Speaking to a conference on women and justice Sunday, possibly having teleported from the 1930s, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women are simply not equal to men.

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

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‘Normal Barbie’ With Zits, Bruises and Stretch Marks Will Soon Be on the Market

You can say goodbye to all your old disproportionate Barbies thanks to designer Nickolay Lamm’s new doll; Obama may have set a precedent for a conservative president with his executive orders; meanwhile, studies show infants recognize the language they hear when born even after years of no longer speaking it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Kids Shooting Kids

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Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

A controversial bill approved by the Israeli cabinet is much worse than that of Mississippi fundamentalists who want to declare Mississippi a principally Christian state.

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Crime Time

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GOP Airbags

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King

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The Best of November’s Green Energy Good News Stories

Germany, France, South Africa and even India have good news regarding environmental policy to share this November.

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Actor Woody Harrelson Is a Self-Proclaimed Anarchist

In a recent interview with USA Today, the 53-year-old “Hunger Games” star explained his somewhat surprising views on government.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE


The Lame Duck

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The Pipeline

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