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Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State

Only when corporate capitalism is demolished will the indiscriminate use of lethal police force and mass incarceration be reformed. And only then will we finally address white supremacy and racism.
 

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A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book

Chris Hedges' latest book, "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt" was given top placement in this weekend's New York Times Book Review section, and although a high profile doesn't always guarantee high praise, turns out there's a story behind this media story.
 
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Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts' decision in SCOTUS' 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.
 
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In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

The esteemed U.S. political economists say Western financial institutions are keen to bail out Greece because if they don’t, the country’s existing creditors—other Western financial institutions—will fail to recover money they previously lent to Greece.

 
 
 
 
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Resigns

Despite his country’s decisive rejection of the European Union’s terms for remaining in the eurozone, the Greek finance minister has quit his post, citing an unwillingness on the part of some EU ministers to negotiate with him.

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VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Explain 15 Subjects in One Minute, But Falls Short on the TPP

In lieu of his customary 15-minute segment on one subject, the “Last Week Tonight” put out a web exclusive containing short “dives” into several topics. But when he got to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a few seconds just wasn’t enough.

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Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as the result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts warn of more hot weather to come.

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Will We Allow a Private Health Insurance Monopoly or Implement Single Payer at Last?

The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.

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Is Greece’s ‘No’ on the Debt Referendum Another Youth Revolution?

During the past 5 years, the old categories of politics– left, right, center or capitalist and socialist– have been challenged by a new one, that of youth.

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Iran Readies for a Possible Game Change After the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s approach to negotiating with the U.S. and five other international parties currently displaying a keen interest in how Tehran conducts its nuclear program isn’t informed only by concerns about the future of that program in and of itself.

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Greek Voters Send Decisive Message to European Leaders: No Deal (Updated)

If there was any lingering question about where the majority of Greeks stood on the deal drummed up by European creditors to try to contain Greece’s ongoing financial crisis, Sunday’s referendum on the bailout package soundly dispelled it.

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Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

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A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the saint from whom the pope took his name.

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Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.

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Actor America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Inspiring Something Brilliant in the Latino Community

Rather than chastise the presidential hopeful for his repugnant racist comments about Mexicans, America Ferrera chose to use a more powerful tool: gratitude.

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Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Bring Down the Confederate Flag

On a special Fourth of July episode, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the importance of symbolism. Should the Confederate flag be removed from government property and the sale of anything bearing its image be ended?

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Transport-Sharing Boosts Health, Wealth and Climate

Growing public involvement in programs to share cars and bicycles is clearly good for the environment, and it also saves money and improves people’s health.

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Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to Use the GOP Racial Dog-Whistle Is an Expensive Mistake

Republican candidates who wanted to play to the “angry white men” were in the past slightly more subtle.

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Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. Mine is the pure sunbeam of peace.

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VIDEO: Let’s Talk About the True Meaning of Patriotism This Fourth of July

True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

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Trump: A Farce to Be Reckoned With

Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call “that thing on Donald Trump’s head.”

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Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

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Scientists Warn Giant Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands Is Leaking

One hundred and eleven thousand cubic yards of radioactive debris lies within Runit Dome, a “hulking legacy of years of U.S. nuclear testing” whose fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking from violent weather associated with climate change.

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VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

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Puerto Rico Is Emptying of People as Its Economy Disintegrates

As Puerto Rico begins to ration water, close schools and lose its health care system under the weight of a $73 billion debt, tens of thousands of its inhabitants are fleeing to the United States, where prospects of finding a better life are dim.

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NYC Restaurant Per Se Settles Complaint That It Stiffed Waiters

One of New York City’s most expensive restaurants has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a complaint that it funneled tip money intended for its servers back to the restaurant.

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A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

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Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

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