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Atheist Told by Immigration Office to Join Church or Be Denied Citizenship

Because Margaret Doughty, 65, objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the U.S. on her application—she explained that she’s morally opposed to war and killing—she must be granted an exception as a conscientious objector. And in order to do that, the immigration office in Houston says the atheist must show proof by Friday that she belongs to a church that holds such views.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE


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How America Became a Third World Country: 2013-2023

The streets are much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. It’s 2023—and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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What Will Tighter Restrictions on Trade in Iran Do?

A bipartisan team of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would expand sanctions against Iran by targeting an estimated $100 billion worth of the country’s foreign currency reserves that are parked in overseas accounts.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Democracy in Trouble?

We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation’s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about—jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education—it’s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Rise Up or Die

We must either defy the corporate state or accept our extinction as a species. We have been stripped of the power to express dissent or effect change. Rebellion is the only way to remain fully human.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Court: U.S. Drone Strikes Are War Crimes

The Peshawar High Court declared U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt illegal Thursday and ordered the government to initiate a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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And Then There Was One

To this day, we’ve never quite taken in the moment when Soviet imperial rot unexpectedly—above all, to Washington—became imperial crash-and-burn. Left standing, the United States—the Cold War’s victor—seemed like an empire of everything under the sun. It was as if humanity had always been traveling toward this spot.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Truth Telling Is Offensive

Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Confiscation Scheme Planned for U.S. and U.K. Depositors

Confiscating customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows these plans have been long in the making.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Living With No Future: Iraq, 10 Years Later

According to the Bush administration, the siege of Fallujah was carried out in the name of fighting something called “terrorism.” And yet, from the point of view of the Iraqis I was observing at such close quarters, the terror was strictly American. But governments are rarely referred to in the same terms.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Microsoft Gives Your Information to the Government

The company’s first transparency report shows the U.S. and Turkish governments were nearly tied in 2012 for making the most requests for customer data, such as IP addresses, emails and photographs.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Celebrated Scientist Renounces National Academy and War

Last month, University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins resigned from the National Academy of Sciences to protest the election to the group of Napoleon Chagnon, a peer whose specious arguments in favor of a natural human tendency toward violence have helped militarize the discipline and legitimize wars of aggression.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Can Obama Save the Two-State Solution?

The administration has set expectations for President Obama’s trip to Israel so low you’d think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very consequential journey because it comes at a moment when hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are fading away.

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The Costs of War: Dollars, Lives and National Identity

The Iraq War has killed at least 189,000 people to date, including a minimum of 123,000 civilians, and could cost taxpayers a total of $4 trillion as interest accrues on money borrowed to fund the invasion and subsequent occupation.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Karzai Accuses Taliban of Serving U.S. Interests, Slams (Nonexistent) U.S.-Taliban Talks

Once again, the erratic president of Afghanistan had U.S. officials shaking their heads in disbelief after he gave a speech in which he blamed the interactions of the U.S. and the Taliban for his country’s security problems.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Mission Unaccomplished

By invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. On the 10th anniversary of the war, we recognize that we—and so many others—will pay the price for it for a long, long time.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Thomas Jefferson Against Slavery

At the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson regretted much about what the country he helped build had become. Today, midway through Black History Month, we turn an eye to his repudiation of slavery in a passage that failed to make it into the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelan President Gives Heating Aid to U.S. Poor

For the eighth year in a row, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is donating oil to 100,000 American households who can’t heat their homes because they are jobless and the government no longer provides for them.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

While the major energy-producing countries in the Middle East are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships, the Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Marxist Group Claims It Bombed U.S. Embassy in Turkey

A Marxist group called the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bombing the previous day at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

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The New Extremism

The debate in both Washington and the mainstream media over austerity measures, the alleged fiscal cliff and the looming debt crisis not only function to render anti-democratic pressures invisible, but also produce what the late sociologist C. Wright Mills once called “a politics of organized irresponsibility.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Reports Government Push for Private Data

Google’s latest transparency report shows the number of government requests for private data increased 136 percent from the second half of 2009 to the end of 2012 as U.S. officials used legislation that “bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens,” according to The Guardian.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Powder Keg in the Pacific

China’s determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



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There Will Be Heat in America, Landmark Study Says

According to a report released by the National Climate Assessment on Friday, the steps taken by President Obama so far to reduce emissions are “not close to sufficient” to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The U.S. Intelligence Community’s New Year’s Wish

Every few years, the intelligence community’s “center for long-term strategic analysis” has been intent on producing a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama’s second term, is Global Trends 2030.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Mideast Surprise of 2013?

Although the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable. In fact, unlikely as it may seem, a showdown could be brewing between the two countries.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Dream of a Global Climate Deal Is Over, Experts Say

The results of negotiations over the last decade have given observers virtually no reason to believe in a process that is counted by governing leaders as successful for simply surviving.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. Conference Produces No Internet Treaty

The failure to concur on a global Internet treaty at the end of a two-week summit Friday “seems to safeguard the role of the Internet as an unregulated, international service ... free of direct interference by national governments,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdiggers of the Week: Iceland’s Leaders

One country refused to bail out its derelict banks and slash social spending amid the financial crisis. And guess what? Unlike the eurozone and the United States, it’s making a sturdy comeback.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. Calls Palestine a State

Flouting opposition from Israel and the U.S., the United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday to elevate the status of the Palestinian territories to “nonmember observer state.” The boost from “nonmember observer entity” marked a diplomatic victory for embattled Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


Not Him Again

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Perry Says ‘No’ to Secession as More States Petition White House

Residents from nearly 40 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States on the White House’s “We The People” site since President Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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20 States Petition to Secede From U.S. After Obama Victory

Citizens ostensibly upset that President Obama won another four-year term in office are petitioning the White House’s “We The People” site.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The Missile Crisis That Never Went Away

Fifty years after the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. and Russian nuclear confrontation continues. Each nation still keeps a total of about 800 ICBMs at launch-ready status, ready to be fired on a few minutes’ warning.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Overwrought Empire

The U.S. is now the sole planetary Top Gun in a way that empire-builders once undoubtedly fantasized about: alone and essentially uncontested. By all the usual measuring sticks, it should be supreme in a historically unprecedented way. And yet it couldn’t be more obvious that it’s not.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Real Reason the U.S. Fears Iranian Nukes

Iran wouldn’t be stupid enough to attack the United States or Israel with a nuclear bomb, Glenn Greenwald suggests in The Guardian. If it had such a weapon, it would be for the purpose of deterring American aggression.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Don’t Americans Care About Democracy at Home?

The American public has remained largely silent, if not also complicitous, with the rise of a neoliberal version of authoritarianism.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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American Happiness and the Heebie-Jeebies

Author and documentary filmmaker Ruth Whippman locates the root of American anxiety in “the great national happiness rat race,” a phenomenon that is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the contrast between British and American culture.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Embassy Attacks Spread to Yemen

Hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film chanted “death to America” as they stormed the American Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital on Thursday. The attack follows Tuesday’s sacking of a U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


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