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That's How It Is These Days
Freddie Gray mural in Baltimore. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Another brutal white cop just walked in Baltimore, where a judge acquitted Edward Nero of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray. The bike cop who initially arrested Gray for being a black guy who acted wary of police long...
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Protesters Rally Against US Military in Okinawa: 'Killer Go Home'
Thousands of people held protests over the weekend in front of a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, Japan in response to the rape and killing of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro by an American former sailor. Roughly 2,000 people attended the protest organized by dozens of women's rights groups based on the...
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Can Iran Sue the US for Coup and Supporting Saddam in Iran-Iraq War?
Iranian members of parliament have approved the details of a bill that insists US compensate Iran for its crimes against that country. The bill comes as a result of a $2 billion judgment against Iran entered by a US court and backed by an act of the US Congress, on behalf of the families of Marines...
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Teach Your Children Well
School's almost done; teaching never is. Cool video from the U.K.'s Inspiring the Future: Redraw the Balance campaign, which seeks to highlight ongoing gender stereotypes by asking kids to draw firefighters, surgeons, fighter pilots et al - "This is firefighter Simon!" - and then confronting them...
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Obama Plays a Dove in NPR’s Historical Fiction
The second thing NPR wants you to know about Hillary Clinton and foreign policy—after “she’s experienced”—is “she’s more hawkish than President Obama.” White House correspondent Scott Horsley ( All Things Considered , 5/17/16 ) says: Clinton is less reticent when it comes to deploying military...
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The Real 9/11 Conspiracy
I remember watching the towers fall. My sister called early in the morning to tell me to turn on the television. My husband and I, who had been working closely with Afghan women organizing against the Taliban, stared at the screen, aghast as the buildings crumbled. Like everyone else the world over...
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In Hiroshima, Obama and Abe Should Acknowledge Their Country's Wrongdoing
On May 27, as the first sitting president of the United States, Barack Obama, will visit Hiroshima, the city that his country attacked with an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Obama neither has a plan to apologize for the bombing nor to go back to the debate on the decision to drop the bomb. He has...
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Chelsea Manning Files Appeal Against 'Grossly Unfair and Unprecedented' Conviction
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Wednesday filed an appeal of her conviction and sentence for releasing a trove of government and military documents to WikiLeaks. The appeal argues for a 10-year sentence rather than the 35-sentence she is currently serving at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth...
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Thanks to U.S. Congress, Endless War Will... Not End
Update: An attempt to repeal the 2001 congressional authorization that provides the legal basis for the ongoing wars in both Afghanistan, Iraq, and the global war on terror was voted down by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. As the Huffington Post reports : In a 138-285 vote, the...
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The Danger of Demonization
Does any intelligent person look at a New York Times article about Russia or Vladimir Putin these days and expect to read an objective, balanced account? Or will it be laced with a predictable blend of contempt and ridicule? And is it any different at The Washington Post, NPR, MSNBC, CNN or almost...
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