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Met failing to protect children online


UK police is facing a massive challenge in protecting children online. The Metropolitan Police’s commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said, police are only “skimming the surface” in this area. Hogan-Howe went further adding that there are real logistical problems when it ...

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WikiLeaks: US Bugged More Than Two Dozen Brazilian Leaders


New spy revelations ‘likely to reinvigorate tensions,’ says The Intercept, which co-published list of targets Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – Just days after Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s official working visit to the United States, during which she and President Barack Obama ...

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Young students “mental breakdown” over UK exams


Young students, aged 10 and 11, are going in to “complete meltdown” over exams in the UK Children as young as 10  are suffering from stress, anxiety and mental health problems as they go in to “complete meltdown” over exams ...

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Fewer people in US proud to be American: Poll


Fewer people in the United States consider themselves to be “extremely proud” to be an American compared to a decade ago, according to a new survey. While most people – 54 percent – consider themselves “extremely proud” to be American, ...

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Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’


Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams) – It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did, at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants might be “good people.” But ...

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British patients to be fined for missing NHS appointments


The government is planning to take action to ensure people take responsibility for the precious NHS resources by charging patients for missing their appointments. However, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that although the government favours this idea and has ...

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Somalia is home to two secret US drone bases – report


Up to 120 US military personnel are operating out of two secret drone bases in Somalia, carrying out attacks on Al-Shabab militants and working with African Union peacekeepers, a new report has revealed. Somali officials have confirmed a secretive US ...

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TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy

The Trade in Services Agreement "responds to major corporate lobbies’ desire to deregulate services," says global trade expert. (Photo: GGAADD/flickr/cc)

A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – One day after it leaked a trove of documents related to the massive, pro-corporate Trade in Services Agreement ...

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Israel Continues to Cripple Gaza with its Sea Blockade


Governments should support brave humanitarian voyagers and back their play in future. Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty. Israel’s military are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to ...

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Antidepressants Don’t Work as Advertised


By Dr. Mercola Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year. According to CDC data,1 one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, ...

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Neil Young invites Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir to Open for ‘The Monsanto Years’ Show


Sharing their opposition to Monsanto and Starbucks and Walmart, Reverend Billy and the 40 singing-activists join forces with the radicalized rocker on Tuesday, July 21, at Jones Beach Theater in New York. Accompanying Neil Young is the band “Promise of ...

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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen’s Approaching Famine?


UN official warns country of 26 million ‘one step’ from mass starvation (Common Dreams) – With Yemen on the verge of famine, and civilians paying a devastating toll in the relentless Saudi-led bombing campaign, one key question emerges: Will the U.S. ...

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Child sex abuse investigations ‘inadequate’ – police watchdog


Police investigations into allegations of historical child sex abuse have been branded “inadequate” in a new report, which claims more than one-third of such inquiries are substandard. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s latest report found the police response to 38 ...

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​Thatcher govt didn’t oppose Saddam’s chemical weapons program, declassified papers show


As Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building up its chemical weapons arsenal with the help of a British firm, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided not to oppose it, fearing that otherwise it would be subjected to criticism. In the 1980s Iraq, ...

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Is Coke Illegally Claiming ‘Diet’ Soda is a Treatment for Obesity?

Stock picture of a can of Diet Coke, August 6h 2007.
Credit: Susannah Ireland / The Times

WASHINGTON – U.S. Right to Know, a consumer advocacy group, sent a letter today to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking it to stop the Coca-Cola Company from making apparently illegal claims that its artificially sweetened sodas prevent, ...

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A Short History of the Neocon ‘Clean Break’


To understand today’s crises in Iraq, Syria, and Iran one must grasp their shared Lebanese connection. This assertion may seem odd. After all, what’s the big deal about Lebanon? That little country hasn’t had top headlines since Israel deigned to ...

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BP to pay $18.7bn to US over oil spill


Five US states and the federal government will receive $18.7 billion in fines from BP over the damage caused by the great spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. BP agreed on Thursday to pay the fines to settle ...

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Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy


The people of Greece are at a critical moment as the country teeters on the verge of financial default. This is a clear case of the people against global banks and financial institutions. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy ...

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Police criticized for poor handling of child abuse investigation


Some analysts blame the British police for deliberately mismanaging child sexual abuse cases after a recent report found that about 38% of their investigations were inadequate. “In many cases, children are rarely believed when they report to the police. It is clear from ...

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Clinton campaign calls Benghazi panel a ‘charade’


Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has denounced the House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack as a “charade.” In a video released on Wednesday, the Clinton campaign accuses the committee and its Republican chairman of wasting taxpayer ...

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The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything


The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s hardly surprising, when ...

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‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’


Amy Goodman (Common Dreams) – “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to ...

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Cuban embassy a ‘slap in the face’ of Israel: GOP senator


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the Obama administration’s decision to reopen the US embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, is a “slap in the face” of Israel. The senator from Texas made the remarks on Wednesday night, hours after President ...

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British govt. scraps target for child poverty eradication ahead of tax credits cut


The British government has announced plan to scrap measures aimed at eradicating 2020 child poverty target before the cut in tax credits. The official measure has so far defined that a child is being considered in poverty if it is in a household ...

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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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Legalized Torture: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cruel Lethal Injections


The question of whether we, as a nation, should have the death penalty is often framed around whether or not a particular defendant deserves to die. As prominent scholars in this field have pointed out, the real question may be: ...

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US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine


One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. The United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to boycott products from Israeli ...

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Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food’s Tobacco-Style PR Blitz


Food and chemical companies are spending hundreds of millions to spread false information about the safety of pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics in food (Common Dreams) – Remember that recent blog post you read about the popularity of genetically modified foods? Or ...

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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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Thousands rally in austerity demonstration in Athens

A section of the Yes campaign demonstration

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier In Athens’ main Syntagma Square, more than 10,000 people gathered Tuesday evening to call for a “Yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum ...

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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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Global parasitism creates conditions for a new financial meltdown

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Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The way in which financial parasitism, fed by the ultra-cheap money policies of the US Federal Reserve and other central banks, is creating conditions for another ...

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EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece


(Common Dreams) – Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has called a national referendum this Sunday to call the bluff of the European Union and International Monetary Fund who are trying to force his country to accept severe austerity in ...

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Government policies denying children of rights


A new report for the United Nations has found that the British government’s policies are stripping children of their rights. The UK’s first full review of children’s commissioners expressed “serious concerns” about children’s accessibility to justice in the courts and ...

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Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship


Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and ...

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Google searches give own services priority, ‘yield inferior results’ – new study


A hard-hitting new study claims that Google’s search results not only favor its own internal websites over competing destinations, but also degrade social welfare and freeze out potential rivals in doing so. The claim itself isn’t a new one, but ...

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Federal employee union sues US government over data breach


The largest US federal employee union has lodged a lawsuit against the federal personnel office for failing to protect personal files from the most damaging cyberthefts in the country’s history. The class action lawsuit was filed Monday by the American Federation ...

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Mega-merger: Monsanto still seeks takeover of Syngenta, world’s largest crop chemical company


Transnational agrochemical and seed giant Monsanto has reiterated its desire to merge with fellow chemical-producing behemoth Syngenta, a company that has already rebuffed three previous purchase attempts by Monsanto. Announcing unexpectedly positive third quarter earnings late last week, Monsanto said ...

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A Gang of Wolves Comes for Greece


The election of an anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece signalled trouble for the powers-that-be in the European Union. Principally Germany which has no interest in rethinking how the EU operates, since it serves German interests so well, but also the ...

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Truth or Deception: New Report Exposes How Industry Front Groups are Spending Millions to Shape the Story of Food


WASHINGTON – Organic and non-GMO food sales are skyrocketing as more and more people are choosing healthier, more sustainable food produced without synthetic pesticides, GMOs or the routine use of antibiotics and added hormones. Rather than respond to changing market ...

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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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NSA spied on French economy ministers, companies: WikiLeaks


The US National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped the communications of two French economy ministers and spied on the country’s largest companies, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, just one week after it emerged the US had spied on the last ...

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Butting in: NYC mayor wants to stop smoking in private homes


New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments. This comes as part of the de ...

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Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug


“Because capital punishment is constitutional, there must be a constitutional means of carrying it out,” read the beginning of the Court’s 5-4 ruling that the use of a controversial execution drug is not prohibited under the Eight Amendment’s cruel and ...

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Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America


Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third decision – on housing discrimination. In a ...

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Israel’s creation ‘direct rebellion’ against God: US rabbi


The creation of Israel by Zionist Jews in 1948 was a “direct rebellion” against God and contrary to the teachings of the Torah, an American orthodox rabbi says. “The concept of making this whole ‘state’ that was created over 60 ...

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GCHQ unit involved in manipulating citizens’ behavior via internet – report


(RT) – When not busy with counterterrorism operations, a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency reportedly helps traditional law enforcement and is engaged in manipulating public opinion via the internet, new documents reveal. Documents published by the Intercept demonstrate ...

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British politician to stand in the dock over child sex abuse


In the UK, Labour peer Greville Ewan Janner is set to stand trial over alleged child sex abuses. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the decision which overturns a previous ruling that exempted the 89-year-old peer from criminal proceedings ...

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‘Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic’

'NSA surveillance proliferates in a context that goes well beyond spying.' (Image: Public domain)

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration’s top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress ...

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​Army Reserve recruiting targets ‘unachievable’ – watchdog


(RT) – Army reservist recruiting targets, which had been upped to account for cuts to the regular military, are ‘unachievable’ despite an expensive recruiting drive by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to the Major Projects Authority (MPA). In its latest ...

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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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Cuadrilla fracking application rejected by Lancashire Council


(RT) – Lancashire County Council has unanimously voted to reject a planning application for fracking in the region. Residents and environmentalists, who have been protesting throughout the council’s two-day meeting, welcomed the news. The county council’s Development Control Committee refused Cuadrilla’s ...

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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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Going Nuclear on Russia


We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.” Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been ...

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The Children of Gaza’s Harrowing Cry for Help

The Palestinian flag and the Hamas flag (Reuters)

A year after Israel’s attack on Gaza, children there are still trying to recover from the consequences of the brutal assault on the Strip. The Israeli attack, which started on 8 July 2014, resulted in between 2,142 and 2,310 Gazans ...

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Ex-CIA chief criticism over Iran nuclear talks doing ’disservice’ to Obama


A recent criticism by former CIA head Michael Hayden over nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is doing “disservice” to the Obama administration as well as Iran, says a political commentator. “These comments are doing disservice ...

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Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food


Vandana Shiva (Common Dreams) – “Science” is derived from the scire – “to know”. Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health. “Agroecology, not the mechanistic and blind paradigm ...

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‘Unlawful, structurally unfair’ fast-track asylum system scrapped in Court of Appeal


Britain’s Court of Appeal has suspended the controversial detained fast-track (DFT) system, which imprisons thousands of asylum seekers each year while they appeal rulings. The High Court ruled the process was unlawful on June 12, but put a “legal stay” ...

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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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Ex-Bush officials to teach course on decision-making in Iraq invasion


Two key players and advocates of the US war on Iraq will teach a course on decision-making during the invasion of the country under former president George W. Bush, a report says. Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, who played important ...

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‘Tory ‘right to buy’ policy threatens UK homes’


British media reports suggest the Conservative government’s ‘right-to-buy’ policy threatens mass selloffs of Britain’s council homes. During last month’s election campaign, PM David Cameron promised to give 1.3 million people living in council houses the right to buy their homes. ...

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US driving war policy towards Russia and China: Analyst


The United States and its allies are making unprecedented efforts to wage war against Russia and China in order to prevent them from creating a new political and economic order in the world, an activist and journalist in Washington says. ...

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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release


(Common Dreams) – A U.S. government review board said Friday that Abdul Rahman Shalabi, a prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been cleared to return to his native Saudi ...

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French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send ‘Clear Message’ to US


(Common Dreams) – French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would “absolutely not be surprised” if whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received asylum in France. “It would be a symbolic gesture,” Taubira told French news channel BFMTV on Thursday, adding ...

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Rejecting ‘Blackmail’ Deal, Greece Calls Referendum on Bailout


(Common Dreams) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras this week called for a referendum on the financial aid deal that is currently at a standstill in negotiations, putting the future of the bailout package to a popular vote at the last ...

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Government ‘must step in to pay for Rotherham sex abuse probe’


A Rotherham MP has urged the Government to foot the bill of up to £15 million for the National Crime Agency’s criminal probe into the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal. Officials from the agency dubbed the British FBI said on ...

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MSM: Joking about dead terrorists is ‘insensitive,’ but making fun of vaccine-damaged children is hilarious!


Whether or not Americans have a right to free speech increasingly depends on what the purveyors of political correctness on the Left sanction as “proper” or “improper,” no matter how hypocritical, insane or outrageously insensitive. Cases in point: The dramatic ...

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USA accused of manufacturing terror threats to benefit Israel


The US government is spreading a false sense of fear from ‘Islamic terrorists’ as part of a foreign policy that seeks global domination and to launch military strikes against countries that oppose Israel, an American scholar and journalist in Wisconsin ...

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New ‘Kill List’ Documents Point Finger at UK and Australia in US Drone War


(Common Dreams) – The UK and Australian governments may be complicit in the U.S.’s covert drone campaign in countries outside of recognized war zones, a new analysis of British intelligence documents published Wednesday reveals. Previously undisclosed files from the UK’s Government ...

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British police forcibly drag disabled protesters out of parliament


British police forces have clashed with disabled protesters, pushing them out of the Houses of Parliament. The protesters were trying to make their way into Prime Minister’s Questions, a constitutional convention held every Wednesday, when clashes broke out. As David Cameron ...

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Google’s self-driving cars hit public streets for 1st time


Google’s new self-driving vehicles have been tested on public roads for the first time in the US state of California, where the search giant is based. Google announced on Thursday that the cars “are ready for the road and a ...

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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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That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media


(FAIR) – Since the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001, the New York Times (6/23/15) reports, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States…. But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. The “surprise” is ...

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Queen to get nearly £43mn from Treasury


Queen Elizabeth II is set to receive 42.8 million pounds from the Treasury in the 2016-2017 financial year. The amount is nearly £12m more than the Queen received in 2012. In the meantime, the British taxpayers will pay an extra ...

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Monsanto’s Covert War on European Food Security


Working quietly on the back of political turmoil driven by Western special interests (including itself) Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms’ spread throughout Europe, starting in Ukraine and working westward toward the European Union thanks ...

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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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Obama tells Hollande NSA stopped spying on French officials


US President Barack Obama has reassured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that Washington is no longer spying on him following leaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents. Obama’s phone conversation with ...

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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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NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia


Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Niles Williamson NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday agreed to the enlargement of the organization’s Response Force to 40,000 troops from the ...

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The Vileness of the Clintons


‘Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour? When the storm is ended shall we find How softly but swiftly they have sidled back to power By the favor and contrivance of their kind?’ – Rudyard Kipling, Mesopotamia ...

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Israel lobby pushing US to thwart nuclear deal with Iran: Anlayst


The powerful Israel lobby in the United States is seeking to forestall a nuclear agreement with Iran and ignite another war in the Middle East, a political commentator in Los Angeles says. “The problem that we have right now in ...

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Torture Is Already Illegal – So Why "Ban" It?


The US Senate voted by a high margin to ban the use of torture on June 16. The bill is an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense policy measure. It passed 78-21 but the entire ...

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Message to Congress on Trade and Inequality: Wake Up, ‘Trickle-Down’ is Dead!


(Common Dreams) – The debate over trade is red-hot these days. Proponents in Congress are revving up this week to push through their ‘Plan B’ after a grassroots uprising took them by surprise earlier this month and defeated ‘Plan A’, which ...

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Police refused to warn public about child grooming gangs


West Midlands Police knew five years ago that Asian grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the city – but failed to make the threat public. Documents obtained by the Birmingham Mail show the force were aware pupils were ...

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What Information Does Google Hold on Me?

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Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google holds on you? The search giant has made it easier than ever before to keep tabs on what you’re sharing with it by using its services – from your Google and ...

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US economy contracted in first quarter of 2015


The US Department of Commerce has announced that the economy contracted in the first three months of 2015 because of harsh winter weather. The department said on Wednesday that the economy shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2 ...

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Pentagon chief says ‘not confident’ about Guantanamo closure


US President Barack Obama would probably not able to keep his 2008 campaign promise to shut down the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his presidency next year. In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, US Secretary ...

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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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Legalising war crimes: USA has gone too far


The US Department of Defense has released a book of instructions on the rules of war, detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy and says that journalists also can be terrorists. The “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” explains ...

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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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Leaks reveal NSA surveillance on at least 3 French presidents


The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the last three presidents of France from 2006 until 2012, according to newly released documents from the WikiLeaks whistleblower website. The NSA wiretapped former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy as well the ...

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Is this democracy? Senate ignores wisdespread outrage against Fast Track

Excessive criminal copyright rules are what we get when Big Content has access to powerful, secretive rule-making institutions which would be codified by so-called "free trade" deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Image: EFF)

Today the Senate voted 60 to 37 to jump a procedural hurdle on the path that will send Fast Track trade promotion legislation to President Obama for his signature. Senators voted for the bill that will facilitate the later approval ...

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Tory cuts plunge families further into poverty


 Experts have warned against British government’s plans to cut tax credits and other working-age benefits, saying they will be “extremely unfair” on low-income households. The Tory government is set to enforce £12bn of welfare cuts. Prime Minister David Cameron insists that ...

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US CEOs earn 300 times as average workers: Report


Amid growing concern over income inequality, the most senior corporate officers in the United States made over 300 times as much as the average worker last year, according to a new report released Monday. US chief executive officers (CEO) earned ...

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GCHQ spying on rights groups ‘illegal’


The GCHQ’s secret surveillance of two international human rights groups was illegal, according to the judicial tribunal handling complaints against the intelligence services. The government’s monitoring agency kept emails for longer than necessary and violated its own internal procedures, according ...

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