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Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Western U.S. Faces Worsening Wildfires

Drought and warmth are expected to mark winters in the Western U.S., researchers say, while abnormally cold weather will make the East and Southeast unusually wintry.

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(AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

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Kim Alaniz (CC BY 2.0)

The Life and Death of Words, People and Even Nature

After Roman legions invaded Egypt, during one of the battles waged by Julius Caesar against the brother of Cleopatra, fire devoured most of the thousands upon thousands of papyrus scrolls in the Library of Alexandria. A pair of millennia later, during George W. Bush’s crusade against an imaginary enemy in Iraq, most of the books in the Library of Baghdad were reduced to ashes.

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Terror in the West, Texas, Night

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

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A Growing Water Deficit in the West

A three-year study by the Department of the Interior has concluded that a hotter, drier climate is threatening the water supply for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River.

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AP / Jae C. Hong

Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Snowmelt Could Flood Western Communities

For all the advantages that record snowpacks offer regions susceptible to summertime drought, a sudden warming of temperatures could soon release millions of gallons of water into river channels and narrow canyons, flooding cities and towns throughout the American West. (more)

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Battle for Misrata Intensifies

In the face of continuing heavy bombardment, rebels in Libya appear to have gained ground against Gadhafi’s forces in the city of Misrata, where fighting has raged for more than two months.

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Flickr / Clay Junell (CC-BY-SA)

Until We Meet Again: Giving Thanks to the American Cowboy

Once upon a time, a cowboy saved my life. I think of him in certain moments, at the sight of red rocks, for instance, or the hint of a desert storm. Now, the time has come to tell his story.

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AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


Sentenced to Die Over a Download

Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, a 23-year-old Afghan student, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy because of an article he downloaded from the Internet. The verdict has aroused outrage around the world, and top U.S. and European officials have spoken with the Afghan government. However, some worry that international pressure could back Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the nation’s religious fundamentalists into a corner and therefore ensure that the execution is carried out.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Rocky Mountain Realities

The eight states between California and Kansas often get written off by political snobs, but the electoral complexities at play there will almost certainly swing the next election.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


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John Mack Faragher on the ‘Hard Road West’

One of the most gifted historians of the American West takes a close look at the remarkable tale of triumph and tragedy that Keith Meldahl recounts in his dramatic story of the largest overland migration since the Crusades, as well as the equally compelling epic of the geology of the harsh and sublime Western landscape.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


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When They Say No Parties, They Mean it

Four hundred thirty-three foreigners were arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for attending a party that served alcohol and allowed men and women to dance together. So far, 20 have been sentenced to lashings and months of prison time. (Photo above involves a separate case.)

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Black American Males, or Short-Timers

What does it say about our culture that African-American men living in the nation’s inner cities have a life expectancy roughly equal to that of people of similar age living in West Africa?

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


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From Allen J. Schaben / LAT

Mystical States Explained, via Surfing

Want to know why near-death experiences frequently feature tunnels of white, euphoric light? The L.A. Times Book Review recommends picking up a copy of Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler’s new book “West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief” to find out.

  • Also: the Village Voice gives “West of Jesus” a rave.

  • Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    West of Jesus

    Wave Rider

    Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler describes in The New York Times Magazine how the mere act of going surfing pulled him out of a near-suicidal battle with Lyme disease and kick-started a quest to explore the nexus of surf, science and spirituality.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Allison Janney
    From the Washington Post

    One Last Debriefing with ‘The West Wing’

    The show that allowed us to feel idealistic about politics—if only for an hour a week—is signing off forever. Check out this interactive application full of fun facts about the cast and crew of the fictional administration that we desperately wished had been running the country for the last five years.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Pink

    Songs of Protest

    The Nation magazine notes that just as Bob Dylan moved the Vietnam era, many modern-day acts are eloquently and forcefully calling for change in America.
    An audio/video sampling of protest:

  • Green Day
  • Neil Young
  • Pink
  • Pearl Jam
  • Kanye West
  • The Dixie Chicks

  • Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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