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Take a Guess at How Many People Collectively Are as Wealthy as Half the World. It’s Less Than That

We’ve all heard that 1 percent of the global population owns 50 percent of the earth’s wealth, and yet, now that the actual number of people has been calculated by the relief organization Oxfam, it’s hard not to cringe at the fact.

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The World Ponders

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Stay Home and Forget the Rest of the World

More and more it seems that “don’t go far” is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant.

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Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

Bradley Manning will be sentenced on Wednesday, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage. Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

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Dolphins Are ‘People’ Too

In countries such as Hungary, Costa Rica and Chile, dolphins have been recognized as nonhuman persons. India’s government recently followed suit and is now starting to close down dolphin parks and has prohibited catching and importing the marine mammals for entertainment purposes.

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Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Wahbi killed 130 people in that suicide bombing on the al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1 of last year, according to Spanish authorities. And the numbers get grimmer.

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Norwegian Woman Who Reported Rape ‘Pardoned’ by Dubai Ruler

A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to prison in Dubai after she reported to police that she had been raped while on a business trip there this spring has been freed.

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Swedish Professor Nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

In suggesting the NSA whistle-blower, Stefan Svallfors wrote a letter in which he explained that rewarding Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost” would start to make up for the blunder the Nobel Committee committed when it gave the prize to President Barack Obama.

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Dozens Dead After Clashes in Egypt (Video)

At least 54 people were killed and 300 more were injured when the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian military tangled outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on Monday.

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Coup Underway in Egypt, Morsi Adviser Says (UPDATED)

A top adviser to embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that a coup had begun after the Muslim Brotherhood leader again stood firm against military demands that he resign. There are fears now that “considerable bloodshed” could ensue as a result.

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Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?

Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination.

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The Eternal Rebel: Ronnie Kasrils

A white warrior against apartheid who dedicated his life to the African National Congress is now assailing the ruling party for its failure to wrest economic power from a tiny elite and place it in the majority’s hands. His story resonates far beyond South Africa.

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This Will Not End Well

In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible “moderates” whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.

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The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

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How the U.S. Government Shills for Monsanto

Thanks in part to WikiLeaks, we now know that the State Department is acting like a global sales agent for biotech behemoths such as Monsanto.

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Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

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Genocide Trial of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Put on Hold

An appeals court has suspended the trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt after the country’s president intervened just hours before a criminal court was scheduled to reach a verdict.

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The Hijacking of Human Rights

The ideology espoused by “humanitarian interventionists” such as Suzanne Nossel, recently appointed the executive director of PEN American Center, is used by the security and surveillance state to perpetuate war crimes, curtail civil liberties and justify pre-emptive war.

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War With Iran: Nothing Is What It Seems

The war being promoted in the United States against Iran is (or would be) a war of aggression disguised, by but also to the leaders themselves, as a preventive war necessitated by threat.

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New Century Is Off to a Wobbly Start

This certainly is not the best of times, nor can it be called the worst of recent times, considering the years of totalitarianism, war and cold war the world lived through in the 20th century, recently closed. But the years since 2000 have provided no auspicious start to the 21st century.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

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He’s Got the Whole World

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‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Behind the public relations sheen, the photo opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an increasingly militarized State Department operated under Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia—a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach—remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s a guide to what we know—and what we don’t know.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tsering Topgyal

India Gang Rape Victim Identified

“We want the world to know her real name,” the devastated dad told The Sunday People newspaper. “My daughter didn’t do anything wrong; she died while protecting herself.”

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Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution Around the World

According to the study, “ ‘unbelievers’ in Islamic countries face the most severe—sometimes brutal—treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.”

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The Guardian Names Bradley Manning Its 2012 ‘Person of the Year’

The former Army intelligence analyst accused of handing over troves of classified military records to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks was overwhelmingly selected by the publication’s readers. Find out who else made the list of nominees.

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GOP Senators Kill Treaty That Would Have Protected Disabled

The international treaty forbids discrimination against those with disabilities. So why didn’t Republicans want to pass it?

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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

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Hey Thai Government, This Girl Just Kicked Your Ass

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile. (more)

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Worth a Thousand Words

The Boston Globe has assembled a stunning array of photos from Inauguration Day. Images from Washington, D.C., and from viewing parties around the world capture the excitement and wonder of that historic day. The subjects include Kenyans in Obama’s father’s home town, former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos embracing, and crowds at the capital’s Mall as photographed from a satellite.

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World Leaders Struggle With Kosovo Independence

Kosovo’s declaration of independence has prompted both condemnation and cheers from world leaders. Whether in the U.N. Security Council or the European Union, global opinion is divided. In particular, the declaration has served as a flashpoint for tension between the United States and Russia, an ugly reenactment of the kind of jockeying for influence that was supposed to have been buried with the Cold War.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE



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World Markets Dive Amid U.S. Economy Fears

Stock markets across the world Monday suffered the worst losses since Sept. 11, 2001. The drop prompted analysts to theorize that investors have major doubts about the ability of the proposed stimulus package to mend the American economy.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


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UK Joins Grab for Polar Territories

While Russia is leading the race to claim the North Pole for itself, Britain has decided to expand its territory on the other end of the world, in Antarctica. The British Foreign Office says it has no immediate plans for the additional 1,000 square miles of seabed, but simply wishes to “safeguard for the future.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


‘Super Union’ Merger in the Works

Britain’s biggest union will meet with the United Steel Workers, a North American organization, to discuss the possibility of a merger. The resulting international mega-union would be one of the largest in the world. The head of the British group has previously expressed a desire to form “a single global trade union movement capable of challenging the might of multinationals.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Authorities Discover Global Child Porn Network

Police departments around the world have launched investigations following Austria’s discovery of an online child pornography network. By observing a targeted website for one day, investigators were able to gather the IP addresses of thousands of illicit downloaders from 77 countries.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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U.S. Torture Providing Cover for Other Countries

From the AP: “Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Monday.”
This is what happens when you preach freedom and liberty, but practice torture.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Mark Ruffalo
Courtesy WorldCantWait

Mark Ruffalo: ‘Step Down, Mr. Bush’

Read and watch the impassioned speech that the celebrated actor gave on Monday at a rally for World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

U.S. Economy Devalued

The World Economic Forum has demoted the United States in its ranking of economic competitiveness, explaining that spiraling debt and persistent budget shortfalls forced the downgrade.  Switzerland now holds the top spot, followed by much of Scandinavia.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Venezuela and Iran Get Cozy

The love-fest between Tehran and Caracas deepened this week, with an official visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Venezuelan capital.  Hugo Chavez and the Iranian leader embraced, signed 29 agreements and decried American-style world hegemony.

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Daniel Ellsberg: Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime

The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration’s nuclear ambitions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


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