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Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

It’s hard to fathom why Western media seem to buy into U.S. demonization of Venezuela’s democratically elected socialist government and yet essentially give a pass to countries (Mexico, anyone?) with clearly corrupt and discredited leadership.
 

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Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.
 
AP / Susan Walsh

In the Shadow of FDR, Netanyahu Preaches a Politics of Fear

Eighty-two years after Roosevelt's famous call to hope, the Israeli prime minister stood before Congress to deliver a nearly opposite appeal. The facts do not support his dire warning on Iran.
 
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“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

You may have heard what Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have said about the Ukraine crisis, but what do young people whose lives are being affected by the conflict between the two countries have to say about it?

 
 
 
 
Gender Pay Gap Is on Pace to Last 70 More Years

Wages paid to female workers across the globe will lag behind males’ for seven more decades if the gender pay gap continues to shrink at the current rate, the U.N. warns in a report on inequality in workplaces worldwide.

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From White Sheets to Spreadsheets

Fifty years after King’s march from Selma, new methods are being used to block African-Americans from voting: Jim Crow has become Dr. James Crow, systems analyst.

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‘I Found Myself Turning Into an Idiot!’

Salon contributor Elias Isquith asked former university academic, author and activist David Graeber what made him want to write a book about bureaucracy.

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Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in a kind of crisis: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I Want the Public to See My Email’ (Updated)

Is the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s clandestine approach to email, involving her exclusive use of a personal email account while secretary of state, about transparency or partisan politicking in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign season?

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‘Ten Years Ago, the BBC and Apple Had the Same Global Revenues’

The British media giant has fallen behind the times; fighting the Islamic State group’s propaganda may require propaganda in turn; meanwhile, Nutella struggles to dissociate its chocolatey spread from fecal matter. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Global Warming Raises Drought’s Threat to California

U.S. researchers say climate change, not random chance, is likely to be causing California’s long drought, one of the worst on record.

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The Instant Gratification Culture Is Killing Fine Writers

A sometimes acrid essay by an author and former creative writing professor delivers some tough love to people hoping to become published writers.

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This Seattle Girl Has Developed a Fascinating Relationship With Birds (Video)

Like something out of a storybook, 8-year-old Gabi Mann has established a reciprocal connection with the crows that visit her backyard.

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Jon Stewart: Even If Hillary Used a Personal Email Account at State, Didn’t the NSA Keep a Record?

The “Daily Show” host makes an important (and humorous) point about the most recent attempt at a Hillary Clinton scandal.

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Can the Latest Hillary Clinton Scandal Even Be Called a Scandal?

To someone who has watched many “scandals” surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist, the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking.

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As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

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John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

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The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

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Stepping Back From the Precipice in Eastern Europe

What has the past year of war inside Ukraine been about?

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From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

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DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Ex-IRA and British Soldiers Discuss Reconciliation Over Tea

Three-thousand seven-hundred people were killed in the 30-year conflict known as the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Men who belonged to those groups met in Northern Ireland last month to talk about why they took up arms and how the future can be made less bloody.

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To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

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Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

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