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New York State Just Banned Fracking

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After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York’s top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it ...

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The CIA’s Operation Deception

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CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation ...

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The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

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William Loren Katz As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration ...

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A Warning to Ferguson Police

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BILL QUIGLEY Police officers should approach Ferguson protestors with caution and fully respect their constitutional rights. That is the clear message from recent court awards and settlements against police force abuses against demonstrators. New York City just paid out $17.9 ...

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Bill Cosby accused of rape – again

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Another woman has come forward to allege that Bill Cosby raped her, in 1969 when she was 19, as sexual assault accusations against the legendary comedian continue to mount. Music industry publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis wrote in a Hollywood ...

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America’s Failed Drug War Is Crazy

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The following is a transcript of a TED talk by Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  Ethan Nadelmann What has the War on Drugs done to the world? Look at the murder and mayhem in Mexico, Central ...

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Surprise: The Drug War Isn’t About Drugs

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Kevin Carson On the morning of November 6 the US Federal Bureau of Investigation trumpeted its takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 website and the arrest of  alleged operator Blake Benthall. In so doing the FBI demonstrated, once again, that the War on ...

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The CIA and Drugs, Inc.: a Covert History

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DOUG VALENTINE Gary Webb was a good investigator. He linked a drug dealer in Los Angeles, through Contra suppliers, to CIA officers and Republican politicians. His editor let the story rip, and the “Dark Alliance” series made a mighty impact ...

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The FBI: America’s Secret Police

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John Whitehead Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Intimidation tactics. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment schemes. These are the hallmarks of every authoritarian regime from the Roman Empire to modern-day America, yet it’s the secret police–tasked with ...

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War. Huh. What Is It Good For?

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Jesse Snodgrass was a 17 year-old autistic student in Temecula, California and in 2012 he was tricked into buying weed for an undercover cop. Jesse, since he was young, has always had trouble finding friends. That’s why he was ecstatic ...

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