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Obama says Colombia president ‘right pick’ for Nobel Prize

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Juan Manuel Santos wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year war with rebels, an accord Colombians then rejected in a referendum. By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE and REUTERS Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama on Friday hailed the courage of this year’s laureate, Colombian President Juan… Obama says Colombia president… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

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People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom

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The coming of the internet, and the global spread of social media, has triggered a period of intensifying cultural chaos. The global consequences are profound. Brian McNair Short term, the digital communications revolution has allowed a cheap con man like Donald Trump to connect directly with… Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom… Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

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Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows

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Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid 2016 election Lois Beckett , Aliza Aufrichtig and Kenan Davis Murders in the US rose 10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI… Source: Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber. By JAYSON LUSK Large farmers — who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent ... Read More »

America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

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Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S. But the rest of the world isn’t doing much better. Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A new analysis published this week—perhaps the most comprehensive ever—is no different. But what it does reveal are the… Source: America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28 – Bloomberg Read More »

American Politics in the Time of Trump

Every four years the people of the United States of America choose the person they think most likely to keep them free and safe; and to decide what their country’s interests are and how they should be pursued. By Don Watson Among those interests are the interests of national security, which means they are in effect choosing the… Source: American Politics in the Time of Trump – AIIA Read More »

Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’

Kim Kardashian takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times to hit back at people who deny the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians a century ago was genocide. It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event. The United States and Australia are among the… Source: Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’ – ABC News ... Read More »

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 »