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I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs

When Obama granted clemency to 111 non-violent federal drug criminals, Tim Tyler—who got life in prison for LSD—was on the list. By Seth Ferranti When President Obamacommuted the drug war sentences of 111 non-violent federal prisoners on August 30, long-term prisoner, Grateful Dead fan and… Source: I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs | The Fix Read More »

Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy

Bill 465 introduced after campaign from families of Irish students killed and injured Tracy Garza in Sacramento A little over a year since the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and left another seven critically wounded, California governor Jerry Brown on… Source: Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy Read More »

Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky

Seven weeks to go; can the unthinkable happen? We believe that surely it cannot. We can read the polls, which are more reassuring than not, and Nate Silver’s probability calculations, which have consistently shown since the summer, with fluctuations, that Hillary Clinton is far more likely to be elected than Donald Trump. We exhale and… Source: Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky | The New York Review of Books Read More »

‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’

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Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower Ed Pilkington Bernie Sanders leads a chorus of prominent public figures calling for clemency, a plea agreement or, in several cases, a full pardon for the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden… Source: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »

We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back? By Bill Moyers Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I… Source: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy | The Nation Read More »

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs. by Antonia Zerbisias Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the… Source: Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

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By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »

Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe

The international system is gradually moving toward the prewar era’s instability. Jared McKinney In November 1912, a war between Serbia and Austria-Hungary nearly broke out over a question of small importance: whether Serbia would own an Adriatic port on the… Source: Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe | The National Interest Blog Read More »

Why is Christianity declining?

The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. By David Gushee  This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me. These descriptive claims are found in my new book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, just out with… Source: Why is Christianity declining? | Religion News Service Read More »

Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret yesterday that a tirade against Barack Obama, in which he called the U.S. leader a “son of a whore,” came across as a personal attack. Longtime allies the United States and the Philippines have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30… Source: Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur – ASIA Read More »

The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States

How should we stop corporations from leaving the United States, as both presidential candidates have vowed to do? By BRENT GLOVER and OLIVER LEVINE After Pfizer announced this year that it wanted to merge with the Ireland-based Allergan in a maneuver known as a corporate inversion, the Obama administration put in new tax rules that effectively scuttled the deal… Source: The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States – The New York Times Read More »

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. I know something about Personality Disorders, having written the… Source: Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad Read More »

Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seems willing to reach beyond what has been previously acceptable in his quest to be America’s next president. Lisa Barritt-Eyles  But this, combined with his refusal to back down or acknowledge error – even after attacking the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq – signals that a campaign or arguments built around “facts”, or within the… Source: Paranoid politics: how does Donald Trump get away with it? Read More »