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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.

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Money Collector

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Are Liberals Too Eager to Believe Sex Charges Against Julian Assange?

What happens when the predatory interests of a national security state and those of women’s rights advocates seem to coincide, as in the case of WikiLeaks publisher and accused rapist Julian Assange? A murky witch hunt, in which some liberals forget that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in The Nation.

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Why the Western Media Hate Julian Assange

Professional jealousy; dogmatic institutionalism; craven loyalty to power. Glenn Greenwald fires a devastating salvo at the British and American press for their dogged campaign of “disgusting slander” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


Assange Willing to Stand Trial in Sweden, Ecuador Says

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to be tried in Sweden for sexual assault charges as long as Swedish authorities guarantee Assange won’t be extradited to the United States.

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Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

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U.S. Drone Kills 5 as Pakistan Hesitates Against Taliban

Five alleged Pakistani militants connected to the Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur were killed in a drone strike Saturday as the United States pressured Pakistan to attack Taliban forces that may become the country’s crucial allies once foreign forces leave.

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Let’s Get Ready to Crumble

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded America’s roadways a grade of D-, rated one in four bridges as “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and warned that thousands of American dams are on the verge of failure.

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How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan—or America

Why has the United States spent so much money and time so disastrously trying to rebuild occupied nations abroad, while allowing its own infrastructure to crumble untended? Why do we even think of that as “policy”?

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Venus and Mars

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The United States of America taking everything that is learned from the Greek originators of Democracy and exporting the aesthetic to all the uncultured and anti-democratic morons in the world who, even in the 21st century, lack the most basic appreciation for what real beauty looks, smells, feels and screams like.
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Assange Lawyer to U.S. and Britain: ‘Back Off’

Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, applauds Ecuador for standing up to two of the world’s most powerful countries, the United States and the United Kingdom, and says those countries will break international law under the U.N. Refugee Convention if they prevent Assange from accepting asylum in Ecuador.

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Assange Granted Asylum, Britain Objects

Ecuador has granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but Britain has issued a letter claiming the legal right to forcibly remove him from the embassy if the Ecuadoreans fail to hand him over.

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Ecuador Reportedly Offers Sanctuary to Assange

Sources within the Ecuadorean government report that President Rafael Correa has agreed to grant asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct, and by the United States for publishing state secrets.

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Israel Pushing ‘Bomb Iran’ Timetable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may attempt to exploit election season pressures to get Barack Obama to support an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes.

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Between Two Worlds: Life on the Border

Mexican-American poet, novelist and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea has made a career of writing about those who cross the border in search of better living conditions only to find a life of abuse and squalor.

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Stuxnet-Like Virus Targets Middle East Banks

Digital security experts have discovered a new cyber-surveillance virus in the Middle East that can steal login and password information and spy on banking transactions, system configurations and other data.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

From Asia and Africa to the Middle East and the Americas, the Obama administration is increasingly embracing drones and special operations forces to fight scattered global enemies on the cheap. A centerpiece of this new American way of war is the outsourcing of fighting duties to local proxies around the world.

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3 U.S. Troops Killed by Afghan Gunman

Three U.S. special operations soldiers were killed by a uniformed Afghan in the country’s southern Helmand province in the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which Afghan police or soldiers turn their weapons on coalition troops.

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U.S. Africa Command Debates TomDispatch

On July 12, TomDispatch reporter Nick Turse showed how the U.S. Africa Command has spread its influence across that continent, establishing bases and outposts, sending in special operations forces and drones, funding proxy forces, and so on. One week later, Col. Tom Davis, director of the U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs, responded.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


Gun Addiction

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Tipping Point Democracy

A collection of distinguished voices on the left—journalists, activists and organizers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—sued the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In interviews that occurred during or after the March court hearing, they spoke to the deep, grim causes of the deterioration of Western societies.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Ms. Clinton, Kindly Butt Out

Egyptians, beset by a heat wave and overheated politics, resent American meddling in their contested presidential election.

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Beyond the Politics of the Big Lie

The American public is suffering from an education deficit; a growing dearth of critical thinking which generates the ideology of the big lie—the myth that the free-market system is the only mechanism available to safeguard democracy and ensure human freedom.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



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China’s CO2 Emissions Higher Than They Seemed

A paper published this week in Nature Climate Change shows China’s carbon emissions could be 20 percent higher than previous estimates, a disparity that would cast doubts on current predictions of the pace of climate change.

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American Cyberwar on Iran

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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

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U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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Updates on the Syrian Conflict

Among the latest developments in the Syrian humanitarian crisis, China and Russia have reaffirmed their opposition to a forced regime change; Turkey and Japan joined 11 other countries in expelling Syrian diplomats, and the U.N.’s Human Rights Council is due to meet to discuss the massacre in the city of Houla.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Governments Give Syrian Ambassadors the Boot

After the release of a gut-wrenching video purporting to show the bodies of Syrian children and their families slain in the attack on Houla on Friday, governments around the world signaled their shared disapproval of the Assad regime by expelling Syrian diplomats and ambassadors Tuesday.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Best Stories on How We Treat Our Troops

This Memorial Day, we rounded up some of the best accountability journalism for U.S. soldiers in our recent wars.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Massive Wildfire Rages in New Mexico

Lightning strikes sparked two wildfires in southwestern New Mexico that have merged and spread over 130 square miles, destroying more than a dozen structures.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE



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No Deal Yet in Iran Nuclear Talks

Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Gay Marriage Conundrum (Update)

Campaign politics have always been about evading difficult questions and buying time. But President Obama’s refusal to take a firm position on gay marriage is particularly troublesome to many. (Update: Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage Wednesday.)

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Would-Be Underwear Bomber Was CIA Double Agent

The recently uncovered al-Qaida plot to take down a U.S.-bound airliner took a dramatic turn Tuesday: It turns out that the would-be bomber who was chosen to carry out the mission was actually an informant for the CIA.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


Los Deportados: Stories From the Other Side

A recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center revealed that Mexican repatriation from the U.S. between 2005 and 2010 doubled from the previous five years. Roughly 4.4 million immigrants were “deported, removed or returned.” Many were separated from their families.

Posted on May 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Violence, USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life

Warlike values and the social mind-set they legitimize have become the primary currency of our market-driven culture, which takes as its model a Darwinian shark tank in which only the strong survive.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Gloom and Doom on the Global Job Front

In the wake of the 2008 crash and the widespread government-imposed austerity that followed, high levels of long-term and youth unemployment across the globe are in danger of becoming fixed, according to an annual report by the International Labor Organization.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Guns Are Us

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The ‘Suicidal State’ and the War on Youth

Everywhere we look, the power of the rich and powerful operates to create a “suicidal state” in which regulations meant to restrict their corrupting power are shredded; shamelessly and without apology, they use their unchecked power to lay off millions of workers while simultaneously cutting the benefits and rights of those on the job in order to dramatically increase corporate profits.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


Backed Into the Corner

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10 Myths About Iran—and Why They’re Dead Wrong

Amid media reports on the possible approach of war, rhetoric demonizing the Iranian government is rampant, much of it untrue.

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Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Since May 2007, 76 NATO soldiers have been killed and an undisclosed number wounded in 46 recorded “deliberate attacks” by members of the Afghan National Security Force. These figures suggest more than a recent “trend of Afghan treachery.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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The Scorched-Earth Politics of America’s Four Fundamentalisms

Many Americans seem confident in their view that the United States is a free nation dedicated to spreading equality, justice and democracy. Four forces that increasingly dominate their society suggest otherwise.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Dilemma

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Iran Could Cause Mideast Cold War, U.K. Official Warns

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that a nuclear-capable Iran could push countries in the Middle East into a cold war in which the world would see the greatest nuclear proliferation since the invention of the atom bomb. Iran has ignored economic sanctions that Western nations hoped would deter it from pursuing nuclear development.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE


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