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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Confusion

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Obama War

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Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold

For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” George Monbiot writes in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.

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Assad: We’ll Give Up Chemical Weapons

The Syrian president said in a yet-to-be-televised interview that Russian diplomatic efforts persuaded him to cede control of his country’s chemical weapons stockpile to the international community.

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What If Congress Says No on Syria?

The past 12 years have not been good ones. Our leaders consistently let the missiles and bombs fly, resorting to military force and legal abominations in what passed for a foreign policy, and then acted surprised as they looked up at the sky from an ever-deeper hole.

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Putin and Obama’s Cold War

U.S.-Russian relations are worse than they have been in decades, a situation not helped by the openly hostile rhetoric of the two countries’ presidents.

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While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Chemical Weapons

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Obama Postpones Congressional Vote on Syria Strike (Video)

Tuesday night, perhaps after realizing he had neither the support of politicians nor that of the American people, President Barack Obama put a hold on Congress’ decision on military intervention in Syria.

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U.S. Foreign Policy

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Syria Support

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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Red Line

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Putin Saves the Day

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Incredibly, Global Happiness Is on the Rise

Despite the economic crisis, people’s contentment is increasing in more countries than where it’s falling. The United Nations’ 2013 World Happiness Report provides evidence that the past five years have seen a marked improvement in international well-being, but not all nations are as merry as others.

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World’s Policeman

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Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush

It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

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Waiting for the Green Light

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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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G-20 Summit

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Don’t Bomb Syria

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

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The Dog of War

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Grayson On Syria

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What Are We Doing in Syria?

Military historian Andrew Bacevich tells “Moyers & Company” guest host Phil Donahue, “The issue really is not Syria.”

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Polarization Is Distorting the Syria Debate

It’s a paradox: While hawks criticize Obama for not being willing to act boldly enough against Assad, doves criticize him for being too willing to risk a wider war.

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Case Against Assad Based on ‘Common Sense,’ Not ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence

The White House is certain of Bashar Assad’s culpability, despite a lack of proof.

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Syria Concerns

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Syrian Jaws

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Reality of War

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Peace

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The Artist

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Military Stimulus

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Environmentalists Do Their Fair Share of Harm

It’s possible that green organizations do more damage to their cause than do climate change deniers; the question of whether journalism’s impact can be quantified has been coming up a lot lately; meanwhile, believing that girls can be older than their “chronological age” is dangerous. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obama Didn’t Draw Red Line

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Crumbling Infrastructure Solution

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Woman Begs McCain Not to Attack Syria (Video)

At a town hall meeting in Arizona on Thursday, one of Sen. John McCain’s constituents stood up to plead with him not to try to solve Syria’s conflict with bombs, but rather with diplomacy.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

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One More Red Line To Go

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The Trapper

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Syria and Capital Punishment

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Nobel Slingshot

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Hope in a Time of Permanent War

How might it be possible to imagine hope for a better world for humanity in a country that has sanctioned state torture, is about to bomb Syria and kill untold numbers of civilians, spies on its own citizens, extends the reach of the punishing state into all aspects of society, and inflicts violence on black and brown youths through racial profiling and the machinery of the mass incarceration state?

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On Syria, the Wrong Questions

Congress is asking the wrong questions about Syria. The issue can’t be who wins the civil war. It has to be whether the regime of Bashar al-Assad should be punished for using chemical weapons—and, if the answer is yes, whether there is any effective means of punishment other than a U.S. military strike.

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Seven Little Words; Let’s Go to War Again

I have been appalled and outraged by the stupidity and ignorance of American leaders going into one war after another in places with strange names, faraway countries where we never had a chance to prevail.

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