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‘Artful Smear’ Attack Backfires as Clinton Accused of Denying Impact of Big Money


‘Clinton, like our Supreme Court, ignores thousands of years of human experience in how money corrupts politics.’ Lauren McCauley Hillary Clinton is under fire for defending the millions of dollars she has collected from Wall Street and other monied interests, ...

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Treasury officials wined & dined by arms giants & ‘rogue banks’


Treasury officials regularly accepted invitations to lavish dinners with lobbyists for banks that were being investigated for market rigging, a new report has found. The explosive research, which was conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO), was published on Tuesday. ...

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Ron Paul: Obama Caves To Neocons – Military Spending To Skyrocket

It looks like the neocons and the Beltway military-industrial complex are going to get their way, as President Obama’s plan to scale back a few weapons systems has hit a brick wall in Congress. Meanwhile, citing the “Russian threat,” the ...

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Establishment logic: Super-rich white male picked to lead gender equality review


The UK government’s decision to appoint the super-rich white male chairman of a global pharmaceutical company to head a review of women in corporate boardrooms is being mocked online and described as “beyond ironic.” Sir Philip Hampton of GlaxoSmithKline was ...

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Corporate-Managed Trade Deals Screw the US


(Photo: US dollars; Edited: LW / TO) The New Hampshire primary is now just one day away, and differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton couldn’t be clearer, especially when it comes to so-called free trade. While Secretary Clinton’s views ...

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While Mega-Donors Average $1,950,000… Average Sanders Donation Still Just $27


As comedian Larry David reminded Saturday Night Live viewers over the weekend, many people by now know how proud the Bernie Sanders campaign is for having built its entire campaign war chest by securing nearly 3.5 million individual donations, mostly ...

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The 21st Century US Military: Not the "Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World"


(Photo: John M. Cropper) Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” ...

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If you’re plugged into broadcast media or social media, your thoughts are not your own

If you are plugged into broadcast media or the internet, your thoughts are not your own. You’re being constantly bombarded by other people’s ideas and narratives, and it doesn’t take long before you think these ideas are your own. The ...

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CIA Assassinations in Vietnam

The Phoenix Program in Vietnam in many ways provides a blue print for our own times. Assassinations and torture are the essence of the war on terror. As are death squads and false flag terror attacks. As are mass surveillance ...

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Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’


American whistleblower and free speech advocate Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 classified US military files to WikiLeaks, has spoken out about her experience of incarceration in a secure military prison. Despite the restrictions on her freedoms, Manning has become a ...

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Americans Really, Really Hate The Government


Michael Snyder (RINF) – If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of us don’t like the government.  CBS News has just released an article entitled “Americans hate the U.S. ...

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Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent


Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1 percent” and the “99 percent.” Today the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders is altering the political ...

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Hillary and Bill Clinton made $153 million off speeches: Study


US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made a combined $153 million off paid speeches from 2001 to 2015, a report says. According to CNN’s analysis, in total, the couple gave 729 speeches from ...

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Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

Tom Carter On Friday, the Department of Defense released 198 out of around 2,000 photos showing torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos were released as a result of 12 years ...

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Sanders condemns US mass incarceration, income inequality


US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has once again blasted the mass incarceration and vast income inequality in the country, two common themes in his election campaign. Sanders was addressing a rally on Sunday at the Great Bay Community College ...

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Hillary Clinton assists in covering up the criminal Flint water crisis

Shannon Jones The visit by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Flint, Michigan on Sunday was an effort at damage control aimed at covering up the criminal role of the Democratic Party in the lead poisoning disaster and cynically using ...

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Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water


What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flint, Mich., was toxic lie about the danger for months? What does it ...

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22 Signs That The Global Economic Turmoil We Have Seen So Far In 2016 Is Just The Beginning


Michael Snyder (RINF) – As bad as the month of January was for the global economy, the truth is that the rest of 2016 promises to be much worse.  Layoffs are increasing at a pace that we haven’t seen since ...

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New Terrorism Blacklist Wields Power Over Millions of Lives

Vice News revealed the details of a confidential database that banks, employers and others use to blacklist customers. The World-Check database also includes major charities, activists, and mainstream religious institutions under its category of “terrorism.” The confidential service claims it ...

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Security ties between Palestinians and Israel begin to fray

Attack on Israeli soldiers by PA guard exposes split between Netanyahu and army over how to respond Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described his security forces’ cooperation with the Israeli military as “sacred”. But an armed attack on an ...

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WikiLeaks founder criticizes UK for his ‘unlawful detention’


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been hold-up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, urges British and Swedish authorities to allow him walk free from the ‘arbitrary detention’. Speaking via videoconferencing on Friday, Assange said his “detention without ...

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Progressive 3.0: Beware the Latest Version of Hillary Clinton


Some thoughts on watching last night’s Democratic debate John Atcheson Listening to Hillary last night trying to pass herself off as a progressive is like watching a chameleon change colors to match its surroundings.  Not quite the same, however.  The ...

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Apple to pay over $600 million in patent lawsuit


Apple is being forced to pay VirnetX Holding Corp more than $625 million for violating patents related to FaceTime and other live communication technology. The jury determined that Apple had infringed on every patent claim from VirnetX. The lawsuits, which ...

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Kerry demands Russia halt bombing campaign in Syria


US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded that Russia halt its bombing campaign in Syria, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in the UN-sponsored peace talks. Speaking ahead of a Syrian donor conference in London, Kerry said he had ...

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45 million Americans rely on food stamps, 1 million about to lose them – report


One in seven Americans still depends on food stamps, according to Bloomberg News. Now with the US economy on the rebound, some states are imposing time limits on the program, and that could mean trouble for the 45.4 million people ...

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Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

Thomas Gaist A United Nations arbitrator suspended international negotiations over the war in Syria on Wednesday. New talks have been scheduled to begin in three weeks. According to UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the cancellation of the talks was ...

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Turning Our Backs on the Nation’s Vulnerable

With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamp”) rolls. In New Jersey, for example, Governor Chris Christie ...

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Ex-CIA chief Petraeus’ former lover escapes probe in leaked military secrets case


The former lover and biographer of disgraced ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus will not be prosecuted for her complicity in accepting highly classified military secrets, supplied by Petraeus. The woman, Paula Broadwell, was never formally charged. This decision, revealed by ...

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Lawsuit Targets EPA’s Failure to Release Public Records on Toxic Herbicide

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to provide public records regarding its approval of Enlist Duo, a pesticide blend that’s highly toxic to a wide spectrum of terrestrial and aquatic plants, birds and ...

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Anarcho-Capitalism Means Governance

Anarchism and Radical Decentralization Are the Same Thing, by Ryan McMaken McMaken has written a post that must be read more than once to be properly appreciated.  While I find one or two sticking points (which may be more definitional ...

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TPP Signing is Theater: Unpopular Deal Faces Fierce Opposition

Leaders from 12 countries will gather in New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The act is largely ceremonial––before the deal can become law it must be ratified by each country’s legislature, including U.S. Congress where it faces fierce ...

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Slouching Towards the Dark Side

Last Wednesday we noted there is something rotten in the state of Denmark, meaning that the world’s great potemkin village of Bubble Finance is unraveling. The evidence piles up by the day. To wit, now comes still another story about the Red Paddy Wagons rolling out ...

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Britain top dog in unregulated shadow world of mercenaries – report


Britain has become the world’s post-9/11 “mercenary kingpin” with hundreds of firms employing thousands of ex-military freebooters in a shadowy industry worth billions, a report by charity War on Want claims. The report, titled ‘Mercenaries Unleashed: The brave new world ...

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‘Nothing to see ear’: UK Police called over fake severed ‘human’ lobe


A UK citizen made a gruesome discovery in a London playground on Tuesday, a severed ear – or at least that’s what they thought, until further investigation by local police. The ear was found in a children’s playground in the ...

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Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’


Robert J. Burrowes A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping ...

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How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

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Eric Zuesse America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United ...

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More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff

Kate Randall More than 1 million low-income people across the United States could soon lose their government food stamp benefits if they fail to meet work requirements. The threatened mass cutoff of the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ...

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Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups


Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human rights groups. The attacks on groups like the Iraq Historical Investigations Team (IHAT) and legal firms ...

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Illinois prepares new attack on pensions as budget impasse enters eighth month

Alexander Fangmann As Illinois enters its eighth month without a budget, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton has indicated that he and billionaire Republican Governor Bruce Rauner are close to a deal on a bill that would cut pensions for state ...

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Why doesn’t the U.S. government track prescription drug death statistics more diligently … since they spend so much time surveilling everything else?


Recent revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the heads of state of countries allied with the United States – even after President Obama promised to end such spying – have sparked new debates about U.S. surveillance culture. ...

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The Last 16 Times This Happened There Was A Recession…


Michael Snyder Something has just happened that has signaled a recession every single time that it has occurred since World War I.  16 times since 1919 there have been at least 8 month-over-month declines in industrial production during the preceding ...

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Proof that Snyder’s Emergency Management is to Blame in Flint


A little over a week ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released hundreds of pages of e-mails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015. One of the attachments, an assessment of Flint’s water system by a private water corporation, is very ...

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Pentagon wants $582bn in funding as part of fiscal year 2017 budget


President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. The Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for ...

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24 top gangsters in El Chapo’s drug cartel busted in US-Mexico sting


A joint cross border operation between US and Mexican law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of two dozen senior Mexican drug cartel members. The raid took place in Lukeville, Arizona, on the border with Mexico. Twenty-four members of ...

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BAME teens in UK more likely found in prisons than colleges: PM


New data shows teenagers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) in the United Kingdom are more likely to be found in prisons than in university classes. At present, BAME individuals make up over a quarter of prisoners, yet ...

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US urges Russia to respect Turkey, NATO airspace


The US Department of Defense has urged Russia to respect North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airspace, saying it “can confirm” reports that a Russian jet violated Turkey’s airspace earlier this week. “We are aware of reports and can confirm that ...

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Politics on the Plate: Mob Wives, GMOs and Salt

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How can we broaden our movement to appeal to and involve the majority of people out there who do not seem to be aware, do not seem to care or are just too apathetic? This has long been an issue ...

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Congress Declares War

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he ...

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World Bank documents growth of “ninis” in Latin America: Youth neither working nor in school

By Kevin Martinez The World Bank released a report last week documenting the number of youth in Latin America who are neither in school nor working. Derived from the Spanish phrase “ni estudia ni trabaja”, the ninis, who are between 15 ...

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Brexit support hits record high – poll


Support for Britain leaving the European Union is at its strongest since October 2014, enjoying a 4 percentage point lead over those wishing to stay, a new poll from YouGov has revealed. A survey of 1,735 people showed 42 percent ...

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Obama to visit mosque for first time as president


US President Barack Obama is to make his first visit to a mosque during his time in office next week to make a plea for tolerance, the White House says. The White House, making the announcement on Saturday, said Obama will ...

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Cameron under pressure over Google deal


Pressure is mounting on British Prime Minister David Cameron over a back tax deal agreed by Internet group Google. During a hot debate in the parliament, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged Cameron to defend the deal, which he said represented ...

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Snoopers’ charter ‘expensive & confusing,’ say MPs


MPs have advised the government to make the taxpayer subsidize the costs of its expensive data-harvesting program under the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), while at the same slamming the legislation for lacking clarity. In a report published by the ...

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Democracy of the Billionaires


Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold ...

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ISIS threatens London with ‘doomsday’ attack so terrible it will ‘turn children’s hair white’

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) says it will focus its European terrorist operations on London, threatening to launch an attack on the British capital so terrible it will “turn children’s hair white.” The extremist group published an article in its ...

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The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism


The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic — and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ...

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Editing embryo genes now allowed in UK

British scientists have been given the go-ahead to edit he genes of human embryos for research.   Kathy Niakan, a stem cell scientist from London’s Francis Crick Institute, was granted a licence to carry out similar experiments. “The Human Fertilisation and ...

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Gaza Speaks: This Is What the Decade-Long Siege Has Done to Us

Whenever Mariam Aljamal’s children hear the sound of thunder at night, they wet their beds. Their reaction is almost instinctive, and is shared by a large number of children throughout the Gaza Strip. Mariam’s three children – Jamal, Lina, and ...

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Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump

Andre Damon On Friday, the Commerce Department released the latest in a series of economic reports pointing to a dramatic slowdown in the US economy, with vast global implications. The response of Wall Street was a euphoric surge on US ...

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Leaking Classified Info Not Such a Big Deal (Except When Whistleblowers Do It)


Defense Department says no demotion for General David Petraeus by Andrea Germanos In what some are calling another example of a two-tiered justice system, the Pentagon said Friday that it would not demote Retired General David Petraeus, who was convicted ...

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Ethnic minority grads in UK less likely to find jobs, equal pay: Study


A new study shows ethnic minority graduates in Britain face huge discrimination when it comes to job opportunities. The groundbreaking study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, reveals British ethnic minority graduates are between 5% ...

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Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System


With the first nomination contest only two days away, the corporate media reaction to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong campaign, while not reaching Jeremy Corbyn-level hysteria, has reached a noticeable panic—one marked by let’s-not-upset-the-base qualified criticism and exquisitely curated concern-trolling. The ...

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Multinational corp or mafia? Hard to tell difference, says author


The controversy around Google’s tax deal with British tax officials grabbed headlines this past week, prompting further questions about how overseas criminals launder billions of pounds through the UK. Multinational corporations such as Google and Facebook minimize their European income ...

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While Flint Was Being Poisoned, State Workers ‘Quietly’ Provided Water Coolers

Following release of new document and emails, Gov. Snyder told he must ‘explain to the people of Flint why his administration trucked water into a state building while allowing residents to drink unsafe water’ A newly obtained document and related ...

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‘Beaten, raped, abused’: Gangsters use UK airports to traffic vulnerable women


British airports are increasingly being used as gateway points to the European Union by Nigerian sex trafficking gangs that are keen to find safer routes into Europe than perilous voyages across the Mediterranean, Spanish police say. Earlier this week, a ...

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Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?

“You’ve heard the old adage ‘follow the money.’ I follow the vote, and wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that’s an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to … make bad things happen.” — Steve Stigall, ...

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Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

What did you get for Christmas these last six years? The U.S. government was nice enough to gift our loyal friends the Afghans $17 billion of your tax money, and, in the true spirit of giving, asked nothing in return ...

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Sedition, Subversion, Sabotage: A Long-War Strategy for the Left

by William T. Hathaway As the viciousness of capitalism engulfs ever more of us, our yearnings for change are approaching desperation. The system’s current leader, Barack Obama, has shown us that the only change we can believe in is what ...

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Media War on Trump


by Stephen Lendman (RINF) – His super-wealth, demagogic style, outlandish views, support for wealth and power, and likely business as usual agenda if elected president aside, Trump so far masterfully outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outfoxed other presidential aspirants, besting professional politicians, ...

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The Federal Reserve Just Made Another Huge Mistake


Michael Snyder (RINF) – As stocks continue to crash, you can blame the Federal Reserve, because the Fed is more responsible for creating the current financial bubble that we are living in than anyone else. When the Federal Reserve pushed ...

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Schizophrenia gene identified in landmark study, opening door to revolutionary treatments


A startling discovery in the field of schizophrenia was made — scientists have pinpointed the brain mechanism that triggers it. The monumental study purports to reveal the very processes happening neurologically inside a sufferer’s head. It is also the first ...

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Overhaul: Ferguson, Justice Department agree on major police reform


The city of Ferguson, Missouri and the US Government have come to an agreement on changes to be made in the city’s police force after the Department of Justice found that law enforcement had displayed a pattern of violating the ...

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‘Like piece of dirt’: Briton on business trip ‘deported and racially profiled’ by US officials


A British Asian man on a business trip to the US claims he was held for 13 hours with “little food” before being deported because of his skin color, it has emerged. Amreet Surana, 24, was stopped in Detroit Airport ...

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Hillary Clinton’s Nightmare

Hillary Clinton’s nightmare is not the sudden resurgence of Bernie Sanders. It is the fidelity to the rule of law of the FBI. The recent revelations of the receipt by Clinton of a Special Access Program email, as well as ...

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Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years

…that works out to about 28 dead every day. It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible, and because the death toll from the siege of Ramadi is not accounted for in ...

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‘Corporate power grab:’ Govt’s refusal to release TTIP documents sparks outrage


The government’s refusal to publish sensitive information that could reveal the negative impact TTIP might have on Britain’s health service has been condemned by campaigners, who warn the EU-US trade deal is undemocratic. While proponents of TTIP say the trade ...

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Human Rights Watch report finds US violations, signs of reform in criminal justice


The annual World Report from Human Rights Watch lauded the US’ “vibrant civil society,” but found plenty of room for improvement as well, calling for further reform — especially in criminal justice, policing, and the detention of immigrants. While recognizing ...

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The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) — ...

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Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 ...

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Libya: We’re About To Return to the Crime Scene

The New York Times reports that the “government” of Libya is hiding in a hotel room in Tunis: “Officials said there was agreement that the United States and its allies needed to find ways of shoring up Libya’s new government ...

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Sink the Rich!

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‘Anti-migrant’ Daily Mail trolled on Holocaust Memorial Day over ‘anti-Semitic past’


As the UK marks Holocaust Memorial Day, social media users are reminding the Daily Mail of its historical attacks on Jewish refugees fleeing pre-war Nazi Germany, highlighting the paper’s present-day attacks on migrants. Writer Thomas Pride tweeted an attack on ...

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US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea

by Peter Symonds In talks yesterday in Beijing, US Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to escalate the American military build-up in Asia unless the Chinese government agreed to draconian new economic measures against North Korea over its latest nuclear test. ...

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Ebola Crisis Highlights Urgent Need for Reform

The world’s worst Ebola crisis broke out in December 2013 and swept across West Africa claiming the lives of over 11,300 people. It decimated the already fragile health systems of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and while it may be ...

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Manslaughter trial in police killing of Akai Gurley begins in Brooklyn

by Fred Mazelis Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, ...

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The Top Six Global Threats the Presidential Candidates Are Never Asked About

To judge by the early returns, the presidential race of 2016 is shaping up as the most disheartening in recent memory. Other than as a form of low entertainment, the speeches, debates, campaign events, and slick TV ads already inundating ...

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G4S child abuse scandal: Wardens dealing with kids ‘must wear body cameras’ — watchdog


A deepening child abuse scandal engulfing G4S has led watchdogs to suggest that its young offenders facility in Kent be scrutinized by an independent commissioner and all wardens dealing with children start wearing bodycams, it has emerged. Following a BBC ...

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France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs

By Kumaran Ira After last week’s mass protests against unemployment and poverty throughout Tunisia, the French government has announced €1 billion aid over the next five years to its former colony. President François Hollande’s Socialist Party government, which is imposing tens ...

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Bernie Sanders is the Realist We Should Elect


As the Iowa caucuses near, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have released TV ads that together echo a popular theme in the mainstream media. Clinton’s ad depicts the job of the presidency as tough and change as hard. ...

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Detroit high school students stage walkouts to support teachers

By E.P. Bannon Hundreds of Detroit high school students walked out of their classes Monday to oppose the legal persecution of teachers who have launched a series of “sickout” protests against deplorable conditions in the schools and years of pay and ...

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Muslims aren’t like us, ‘disrespectful’ to demand they adapt — ex-equality chief


Expecting Muslims to simply abandon their culture to suit Britain is “the deepest form of disrespect,” according to former Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips, who says Muslim communities are fundamentally different from those of other religions. Speaking ...

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Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault


Norman Solomon For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. Now they’re sounding the alarm that he might. And, just in case you haven’t gotten the media ...

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The Reason Why ‘Reparations to Blacks’ Is a Stupid Idea

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Eric Zuesse Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic is a prominent proponent of ‘reparations,’ which he doesn’t define, but which clearly entails monies to be paid by some majority-ethnicity to some minority-ethnicity that the given majority have historically victimized by some ...

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2016 Market Meltdown: We Have Never Seen A Year Start Quite Like This…


Michael Snyder (RINF) – We are about three weeks into 2016, and we are witnessing things that we have never seen before. There were two emergency market shutdowns in China within the first four trading days of this year, the ...

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Haitian Elections Cancelled As Popular Dissent Against Ruling Party Intensifies


‘If Haiti is to continue on its admittedly vexing path toward a real democracy… such utter contempt for the will of the Haitian people must end.’ Jon Queally Amid energetic protests fueled by shared criticisms from people in the streets ...

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Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns To Curb Culture of Violence

This one’s so funny that it must be some kind of U.S.-led initiative; I can’t believe the Afghans have this kind of a sense of humor. But whatever the origin, Afghanistan banned the sale of imitation Kalashnikovs and other toy ...

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Noam Chomsky’s First Campaign Contribution Was To Bernie Sanders


Radical intellectual Noam Chomsky has supported just two federal political candidates with campaign contributions over the past 18 years. Chomsky gave a total of $750 to Ralph Nader’s 2000 presidential bid. But a month before he started cutting checks for ...

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Report Underlines Recent Worker Hazards at Old Weapons Plants


(Photo: Nuclear Warning Sign via Shutterstock) The toxic morass that was America’s nuclear weapons complex is no secret. Hazardous conditions in places like the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio moved Congress in 2000 to create a compensation program for ...

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Emancipating the Military, Containing the Citizenry

Those who try to understand military policy often confuse themselves by focusing on minor matters such as strategy, tactics, logistics, and armament. Here they err. For years the central goal of the military, the brass ring, has been independence from ...

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25 Years of the US at War in Iraq: Tragic Legacy, Dubious Prospects

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, including extensive damage to Iraqi electrical, water and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public ...

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