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The Superpower as Victim: Three Exceptional Facts About America


Why it’s safe to be paranoid in the U.S. Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of ...

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Los Angeles declares ‘state of emergency’ over homelessness crisis


Officials in Los Angeles, California, have declared a “state of emergency” over the rising problem of homelessness and poverty in the second largest city in the United States. The emergency declaration on Tuesday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and ...

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Will the Obama Administration Hold VW Accountable for Corporate Crime?


“This is a huge test of how serious the administration’s commitment is to prosecuting white collar crime.” by Deirdre Fulton The allegations being leveled against auto manufacturer Volkswagen (VW)—that it cheated to make nearly half a million diesel cars appear cleaner-burning ...

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US seeks to replace Assad govt. with terrorists: American journalist


The United States wants to replace the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with terrorist organizations which are acting as de facto American agents in Syria, an anti-war activist and radio host in New York says. Don DeBar made the ...

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‘Put Thatcher’s face on $10 bills,’ says Jeb Bush


US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was treated to a round of applause during a Republican nomination debate on Wednesday after he suggested the late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s portrait should be plastered on the US $10 bill. Each of ...

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Supporters worry Jeb Bush campaign might be over: Report


Jeb Bush’s poor performance in the first GOP debate has many fundraisers and supporters worry that his presidential campaign might be over if he appears unprepared in the second major debate. The former Florida governor has sunk as low as 6 ...

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Did ‘Pro-Nuclear Fanatics’ Get US Nuke Regulator to Cancel a Cancer Study?


Nuclear watchdog groups note ties between federal agency staffers and industry lobbyists by Nadia Prupis The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday announced that it was cancelling an in-progress study on cancer risks for populations living near reactor sites, citing ...

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Clinton says she would not hesitate to attack Iran if it breaks nuclear deal


US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says she would not hesitate to launch a war against Iran should the Islamic Republic violate the nuclear agreement. “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear ...

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How the Billionaire Kingpins of School Privatization Got Stopped in Their Own Back Yard


The debate over public schools in Arkansas has been, for decades, ongoing and often fraught. In 1957, the Arkansas school year began with white mobs viciously attacking nine black teenagers as they attempted to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High following Brown vs. ...

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‘You want to be in America, speak American,’ Sarah Palin tells immigrants


Another slam-dunk for American politics was offered up courtesy of master diplomat Sarah Palin. The Alaska governor praised opponent Jeb Bush for his Spanish skills, but confessed she’d rather the general population “speak American.” One could be forgiving for wondering ...

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35% of backlogged VA healthcare applicants died waiting for benefit approval


The Department of Veterans Affairs still has a massive backlog of nearly 900,000 healthcare applications ‒ including more than 300,000 from veterans who died waiting for their benefits to be approved, a report by the agency’s inspector general found. The ...

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Attacking Zionists that back Iran accord ‘offends’ Obama


US President Barack Obama says he is offended by attacks against American Jews who have voiced support for a nuclear agreement between Iran and the global powers. In a Friday interview with the Jewish newspaper The Forward released Monday, Obama ...

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Guantanamo inmates must remain locked up indefinitely: Pentagon chief


US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said about half the detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba need to be imprisoned “indefinitely” and cannot be released to other nations. “Some of the people who are there at ...

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Clinton scandal widens as 150 released emails contain classified info


The State Department has released the fourth and largest cache of more than 7,000 of Hillary Clinton’s work-related emails. The emails, most of which dated between December 2009 to December 2010, include approximately 150 that contain information now upgraded to ...

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2nd video emerges of deadly police shooting in Texas


A second disturbing video has emerged that shows two police officers in the US state of Texas shoot and kill a Hispanic man who appears to have had his hands up in surrender. The new video gives authorities a “very ...

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US considering sanctions against China over alleged cyber theft


The United States is considering imposing a round of sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals that are related to the alleged hacking of US trade secrets. Citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, The Washington Post reported Sunday that a final ...

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Donald Trump: ‘2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy’


US Republican hopeful for the presidential race Donald Trump has waded into the debate over a second Scottish independence referendum, calling the idea ‘crazy.’ “I don’t know how they can do that – go through all that again. I’ve never ...

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9/11 attacks were obviously an inside job: Scholar


The growing anti-Islam rhetoric in the United States underlines the need for further research into the origin of the September 11, 2001 attacks, an American scholar and journalist in Wisconsin says. In the most recent provocative stance against Islam, a ...

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Zionist leader threatens the west will ‘pay heavy price for appeasing Iran’


A Jewish community leader in the UK has warned that western governments will ‘pay a heavy price for appeasing Iran’ a month after six world powers signed a historic nuclear agreement with Tehran. Board of Deputies of British Jews President ...

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Will Grassroots Movements Change the Political Discourse in Iowa?


The Iowa State Fair used to be campaign gold for presidential candidates, an event National Public Radio’s “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook has called a “campaign launching pad,” a picture perfect opportunity to meet thousands of likely caucus-goers, eat fried ...

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Virginia journalists’ death details revealed


The two Virginia journalists shot earlier this week both received gunshot wounds to the head, according to state officials. The causes of death for Alison Parker and Adam Ward have been classed as homicides. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke ...

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Palestinian lives are more important than reelection of US lawmakers: Analyst


Members of the US Congress should support the Palestinian people and take a stand against Israel and must realize that the lives of millions of people are more important than their reelection, an American author and human rights says. Rich ...

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Two US journalists shot dead during live report in Virginia


Two American news journalists have been shot dead during a live television news report in the state of Virginia, according to officials. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from WDBJ News Station were killed during an interview in Moneta, ...

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GM refuses 91% of faulty ignition switch claims


General Motors’ compensation expert rejected 91 percent of death and injury claims related to faulty ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths – ten times more than GM originally believed –and 275 injuries, 17 of them serious. Kenneth ...

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US media keep Americans in dark about Israel’s nuclear bombs: Analyst


US mainstream media have for long kept Americans in the dark about Israel’s massive nuclear arsenal while spreading misinformation about Iran’s civilian nuclear activities, says an analyst. “Anybody that pays any attention knows that the whole nuclear weapon idea from ...

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OKC Bombing: Evidence Of Foreknowledge


The following statement with attachments was issued by Texas freshman Congresman Steve Stockman regarding a mysterious fax message his office received just as a bomb exploded at an Oklahoma City federal building. Also attached is a memorandum Stockman sent to ...

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Anti-Israeli groups increase activities in US: Report


Anti-Israeli groups such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that are behind boycotting Tel Aviv have increased their activities at US universities, a new report says. The Israel on Campus Coalition’s “Campus Trends Report” said the number of ...

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Kissinger urges US to treat Russia as ‘great power’


Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has urged the United States to treat Russia as a “great power” and stop making efforts to break it. “Breaking Russia has become an objective [for US officials] the long-range purpose should be ...

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Hunger-Striking Detainee Tests Obama’s Will to Close Guantánamo


Since the age of 23, Tariq Ba-Odah has been detained at the U.S. prison facility at Guantánamo Bay. Never charged with a crime, Ba-Odah went on hunger strike eight years ago to protest his indefinite detention, as well as the brutal treatment he is alleged ...

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Jeb Bush won’t rule out torture tactics, says they’re effective


Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told an audience in Iowa that he would not rule out resuming the use of torture by the US government under some circumstances. He said he believed it was effective in producing critical intelligence. Bush ...

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Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer


Former US President Jimmy Carter says recent liver surgery revealed that he has cancer and it has spread to other parts of his body. The 90-year-old statesman underwent surgery to remove a small mass in his liver earlier this month. ...

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Journalists arrested in Ferguson face charges a year later


Two reporters have been summoned to face criminal charges related to their arrests last August in Ferguson, Missouri. Their media outlets, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post, have slammed the decision as “abuse” and “contemptible overreach.” Ferguson police arrested Wesley ...

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Bernie Sanders Wins Endorsement of Nation’s Largest Nurses Union


David Macaray Bernie Sanders may eventually get flattened like a proverbial pancake by the Hillary Clinton juggernaut, but for the time being at least, he’s not only drawing increasingly large and enthusiastic crowds to his rallies, it was announced August ...

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Bounty on Its Head: Wikileaks Raising €100K Reward for Secret Text of TTIP


Pending trade pact with the United States, says Julian Assange, is casting ‘a shadow on the future of European democracy’ by Jon Queally The full text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) now has a bounty on its ...

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Ferguson, One Year Later: ‘Justice Is No More Death’


After police shooting of unarmed black teen brought forth new human rights movement, activists gather in flashpoint town to commemorate and organize by Nadia Prupis One year after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot dead unarmed black 18-year-old Michael ...

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FBI releases ‘Boston heist’ video 25 years after biggest art theft in US


The FBI is releasing surveillance footage from Boston’s Gardner Museum, hoping it will help to catch the culprits of the 1990 art heist. Thieves disguised as policemen stole 13 paintings worth $500 million in the greatest single property theft in ...

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Protesters face off with riot police on Ferguson shooting anniversary (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


Hundreds of officers in riot gear have been deployed to the streets of Ferguson after dozens of people stayed on the streets Sunday evening, following a day of peaceful commemoration events on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s tragic shooting. Police ...

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US preparing for unconventional warfare against Iran: Analyst


An agreement by the United States to increase weapons sales to Arab allies in the Persian Gulf signifies that Washington is preparing for unconventional warfare against Iran, A US military analyst in California says. The decision to speed up arms ...

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US imposes further sanctions on Russia


The United States has imposed additional sanctions on Russia over the crisis in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Thursday imposed sanctions on eleven more people and 15 more companies. “Today’s action ...

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New Sandra Bland footage released to dismiss rumors of violent mistreatment


Texas officials have released a new batch of videos showing Sandra Bland as she was being processed at Waller County Jail. The release aims to dismiss rumors that the black activist was already dead when her mugshot was taken. Bland’s ...

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The Americans With Disabilities Act Is a Model for the World — Literally


The landmark U.S. disability rights legislation became the basis for an international treaty embraced by much of the world — but not, ironically, by the U.S. itself. by Janet Lord July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities ...

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Obama Gitmo plan: Kick out half, bring in half


The Obama administration wants to step up transfers of 52 Guantanamo prisoners to foreign countries and bring in the rest to prisons on US soil, allowing the notorious military-run legal black hole to be closed, a presidential aide said. “Why ...

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As Obama Lectures Kenya, What Lessons Must US Learn from Africa?


Obama receives applause in Kenya, but region continues to suffocate under U.S. policies whose results often run counter to stated goals by Jon Queally As President Barack Obama spent the weekend in Kenya—from where he departed on Sunday after making a ...

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Take It Down: US Support for Jim Crow Israel


When it comes to flags, George Carlin said it best: “I see them as symbols, and I leave them to the symbol-minded.” Yet, those who fanatically oppose particular flags are just as symbol/simple-minded as those who wave them. For example, ...

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Pro-Israel groups in US expand campaign against Iran nuclear accord


The most influential pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States is expanding its campaign to pressure Congress into rejecting the recent accord over Iran’s nuclear program. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the biggest Zionist group in the US, ...

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Israeli envoy calls on US Congress to reject Iran agreement


Israel’s ambassador to the United States has called on the Republicans in the US Congress reject the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, despite the Obama administration’s warning to officials not to work ...

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US plans to punish Putin with more sanctions


US officials are considering new sanctions to further limit Moscow’s access to Western credit, alleging that Russia has failed to fulfill demands put forward by the Minsk agreement to resolve the Ukraine crisis. According to a report by the Times, Washington ...

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Protesters demand justice for black man killed by police in Mississippi


A large crowd of people have gathered at a park in Stonewall, Mississippi to protest the death of Jonathan Sanders, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer. The furious crowd on Sunday kept shouting “No justice, no ...

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Snowden documentary filmmaker sues US over years of harassment


Oscar-winning film director Laura Poitras is suing the US government to find out why she has been searched, questioned and subjected to enhanced security screenings over the past six years, being stopped over 90 times during the course of her ...

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Spoiler alert: How US politics could wreck the Iran deal


The US and world powers have struck a landmark deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, but the agreement faces tough obstacles ahead – particularly with Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates vowing to unravel it. With much of the ...

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How the Billionaires Bought “Justice” for Scott Walker


Scott Walker is the perfect example of how billionaires can purchase justice a la carte to protect their pet politicians. Now that’s not to say that Scott Walker himself is a billionaire. But he has a well-known relationship with billionaires ...

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US ‘to boost’ military aid to Israel after Iran nuclear deal


The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next ...

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Obama calls for criminal justice reform in system ‘skewed by race and wealth’

President Barack Obama is leading a drive for a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system. He wants a federal review of solitary confinement, voting rights restored to former felons, and Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year’s ...

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Clinton: Military options against Iran ‘not off the table’ if necessary


US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says all options, including military options, are not off the table should Iran violate the terms of a nuclear deal with the world powers. In a statement on Tuesday, the Democratic candidate said she would ...

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Washington’s hypocritical denunciations of Chinese “land reclamation” in the South China Sea


By Oscar Grenfell A central component of the US-led provocations against China this year has been the Obama administration’s claims that Beijing’s “land reclamation” activities in the South China Sea constitute a threat to “freedom of navigation” and “security and stability” ...

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US accuses Russia of trying to collapse Ukraine economically


US Vice President Joe Biden has accused the Russian government of trying to collapse Ukraine economically, saying Kiev is “now under siege.” “Russia is trying to undermine the stability and sovereignty of Ukraine by any means it can, including attempting ...

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A College Education Instead of Mindless Militarization


Adam Vogal (Common Dreams) – As the United States military continues to sell the idea of joining its ranks to high school students throughout the nation as the best way for many poor students to get financing for college, the will ...

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Baltimore creating ‘War Room’ to confront violence


Authorities in the US city of Baltimore say they are creating a “War Room” to bring numerous agencies together to combat rising violence in the predominantly black city. The announcement was made during a press conference on Sunday by officials, ...

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Eleven Things Other Countries Do Way Better Than the US

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America! Land of the free, home of the brave, and the greatest country on the face of the planet, right? A country with seemingly limitless natural resources, and according to many politicians, anointed by God herself to lead the world ...

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Will Obama Undo the Harms of the War on Drugs?


Reports are circulating that President Obama is preparing to commute the sentences of dozens of individuals currently imprisoned for nonviolent drug-related crimes. So far in his presidency, he has only commuted the sentences of 43 individuals; that number is expected ...

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Many girls in US prisons experienced sexual abuse: Report


One in four girls in the United States will experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18 and many of these girls become school dropouts and runaways who end up in prison, according to a new report. ...

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Iran deal delay gives Israel lobby opportunity to pressure Congress: Analyst


Longer Congress review period of a possible nuclear deal with Iran will give the Israeli lobby more opportunity to put extensive pressure on every member of Congress, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley. “Most of Congress is in the pocket ...

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Many in US establishment want war with Russia for economic profits: Grossman


International lawyer Barry Grossman says there are people in the United States who are seeking a military conflict with Russia for their own economic profits. “There are many people in the US establishment who would be ecstatic about a shooting ...

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One year on – Marijuana legalization has actually improved Washington State


As several states consider marijuana legalization initiatives, all eyes are on the initial outcomes of Washington’s marijuana law. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to pass laws taxing and regulating marijuana. Wednesday will mark the one-year ...

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US Republican candidates guarantee WWIII: Former CIA contractor


Republican presidential candidates do guarantee a third world war by losing the White House to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, says a former CIA contractor. “It’s just amazing what’s coming out of the Republicans, the GOP’s mouth that’s almost like they ...

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US mass killings may be contagious: Study


A new study has found that mass killings in the United States may be contagious as there is an increase in the likelihood of a new shooting after each deadly tragedy in the US. The findings published in the journal ...

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US income inequality continued to soar in 2014

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Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Andre Damon Income inequality in the United States continued to grow in 2014, according to updated figures released last week by University of California, Berkeley economist ...

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Damning New Analysis Reveals Deadly Lack of Police Training on Mental Illness


‘On average, police shot and killed someone who was in mental crisis every 36 hours in the first six months of this year,’ reveals Washington Post (Common Dreams) – One quarter of the men and women shot and killed by police ...

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Growing momentum in US to Isolate Israel: Researcher


The growing movement in the United States to isolate Israel is an effective strategy to force the “fascist” regime to retreat from occupied Palestinian territories, according to a researcher in South Africa. The European fascism that flourished during World War ...

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Texas-sized Hypocrisy Served Up in Denton Over Fracking Ban


Last February, Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State and made some promising proclamations. “It’s time for property owners – not government – to truly own their property,” he stated. He also made ethics reforms pledges, ...

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New police tech has cops scanning license plates “to trace criminals”


(RT) – A little-noticed surveillance technology equips police vehicles with infrared cameras that can record car license plate numbers then log the data for tracking outstanding warrants, suspended licenses and stolen vehicles. However, the latest crime-fighting tool comes with little-to-no regulation ...

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Sanders: Americans ‘sick and tired’ of working longer hours for low wages


Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders says the American people are sick and tired of the economic situation in the United States. “The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this ...

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Fearmongering as usual: FBI, Homeland Security issue Independence Day terror threat warning


(RT) – US federal authorities have issued a terror threat warning to local law enforcement officials nationwide for the July 4 holiday, according to an anonymous US official cited by local media. No specific or credible threat has yet been indicated, ...

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100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture


This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal commitment to the total eradication of torture, which is categorically prohibited under international law. On Wednesday, ...

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America’s Corrupt Policing System


The shocking abuses cops commit on the job, retired Baltimore officer claims A retired Baltimore police officer has described the shocking abuses he claims to have seen other cops commit on the job. Michael A Wood, 35, alleges he saw ...

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Obama blatantly protecting Israel from justice for war crimes


The Obama administration is “hamstrung” by the Israel lobby into opposing a Palestinian bid to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza, says an investigative journalist. “AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) clearly has ...

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Pentagon Anti-Russia Propaganda Intensifies


A senior Pentagon official says Russia is “playing with fire” by threatening to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal in response to a rising military presence by the United States and its NATO allies in Eastern Europe. “Anyone who thinks they can ...

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The Fifteen Most Outrageous Responses by Police After Killing Unarmed People


Police kill a lot of unarmed people. So far in 2015, as many as 100 unarmed people have been killed by police. Here are fifteen of the most outrageous reasons given by police to justify killing unarmed people in the ...

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US Drone Program to Remain in Shadows as Obama Abandons Key Reform Promise


Blueprint for a new transition plan involves a dual command structure—giving the Defense Department and the CIA joint control of drone strikes (Common Dreams) – U.S. President Barack Obama has made a sharp U-turn on his two-year-old promise to move the ...

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Rick Perry becomes first presidential candidate to reveal Big Pharma connection to mass shootings


He was widely panned for it, but former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the crowded field of Republican presidential contenders, became the first – and so far, only – member of that group that has tied the recent ...

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US Senate votes to prevent boycotting Israel


The US Senate has passed a controversial trade bill that contains provisions opposing the growing international boycott movement against Israel. The Senate passed the measure as part of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The legislation was already passed by the House ...

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US data hack is an excuse for new regulations on internet: Analyst


The US is trying to make an excuse to impose new regulations upon the internet in the wake of new revelations that the personal data of millions of government employees were affected by a cyber breach, says former CIA contractor Steven ...

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US has been exposed as ‘murderous bully’: Anti-war activist


China is the only world power that can challenge American imperialism, an anti-war activist in Chicago says, adding that the US has been exposed as a “murderous bully.” “They [China] are seen now by US imperialism as the only economic ...

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US urged to investigate CIA human rights abuses


Leading human rights groups have called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta ...

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Verizon presses for new concessions from US telecom workers as contract talks begin

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Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Maria Kovalenko Labor contracts covering workers at Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunications services providers, are set to expire in early August. Talks between ...

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Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation


Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation. In a letter to Obama on Monday, Rubio called China’s measures “irresponsible” ...

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Ron Paul says Sino-Russian currency will ‘dethrone dollar’


Former US congressman Ron Paul says Washington’s increasing pressure on Moscow might force Russia and China to make a new currency to dethrone the US dollar. In an article published on his website on Sunday, the former presidential candidate explained ...

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US Senate confirms new TSA administrator


New leader for the Transportation Security Administration has been confirmed by the Senate after the recent security failures caused concerns among US authorities. The Senate voted 81-1 on Monday to tap Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, who was nominated by President ...

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US denies Obama invited Netanyahu to Washington


The White House has denied a report by an Israeli newspaper that US President Barack Obama had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting in Washington next month. The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Tuesday the two could ...

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Spy Agency’s Secret Plans to Foster Online "Conformity" and "Obedience" Exposed


(Common Dreams) – With never-before-seen documents accompanied by new reporting on Monday, The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman are offering a more in-depth look than ever into how a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ surveillance agency used a host ...

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Confidence in US police lowest in 22 years: Poll


Confidence in police in the United States has plummeted to the lowest level in 22 years, with only half of Americans expressing confidence in the institution, according to a new poll. Just 52 percent of Americans express “a great deal” ...

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Love Is Stronger Than Hate


(Common Dreams) – Proclaiming “Nine lives, one love,” Charleston has responded to the racist murders of nine of its own with a series of extraordinary acts of grace, hope and solidarity. The first was the stunning spectacle of victims’ weeping families ...

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Obama trade agenda favors big corporations: Social Activist


US President Barack Obama’s proposed trade agenda, which he has recently urged Congress to approve, favors big corporations and is unfair to smaller businesses, a social activist in Maryland says. Myles Hoenig made the comments in a Sunday interview with ...

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2 Alabama police lieutenants under investigation for ties to hate group


(RT) – The city of Anniston, Alabama has placed two police officers on administrative leave over allegations that they belong to a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing legal advocacy organization, posted an article on its Hatewatch ...

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US lacks ‘moral standing’ to criticize China over island building: Anlayst


The United States has no “moral standing” to criticize China for its island-building in the South China Sea because America is based on stolen land from its native inhabitants, a political analyst in Beijing says. China’s reclamation of land on ...

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Grieve, But Then Teach and Organize Nonviolence


(Common Dreams) – Like millions of others, I’m grieving the death of the nine church folk killed in the unthinkable massacre inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the dead, ...

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US prisons cost government $7.3 billion a year: Report


A new congressional report shows that it costs the US government more than $7 billion a year to operate federal prisons. In fiscal year 2014, the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) operating costs totaled nearly $7.3 billion, an increase of ...

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US Police Slammed Over Human Rights Breaches


Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Andre Damon 19 June 2015 Laws governing the use of force by police in every state in the US, as well as the federal government, ...

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Los Angeles workers demand fairer pay


Low wage US workers in Los Angeles, California have held rallies to demand a wage increase on the 25th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day, when protesting workers fell victim to police brutality in Los Angeles. The protesters on Thursday ...

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How Obama Consolidated the Legacies of Bush and Clinton

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As the presidency of Barack Obama has evolved, or devolved, as it were, it’s become clearer to everyone that he is little more than an imperial caretaker committed to expanding the American empire. Those who expected a circumspect constitutional law ...

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